What Kind of Animal is an Oxtail From?

Even though they were once made from oxen, most oxtails are now made from beef or veal from cattle. The oxtail has a big bone in the middle with meat all around it.

After the skin is taken off, there is still a lot of meat on the oxtail, but it is a bit tough. Because of this, the best way to cook oxtail is by braising it or making a stew or soup out of it. Some chefs like to make beef broths and stocks with oxtails because they have a strong beef flavour and a lot of gelatin, which gives soups and sauces a rich mouth feel.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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