- Its free if you are a hunter or know someone who is. Some people may feel bad for poor Bambi but If your area has deer population problems, hunting deer can help reduce the population, which can actually help deer. By reducing the number of deer, you help alleviate malnutrition and disease, which can occur in highly populated areas.
- It's organic and natural. The deer you kill aren't raised on big farms or processed in factories, it feeds on wild plants, making the meat organic
- Fat. Some people get all excited that venison is low in fat. While a diet high in artificial fats is never healthy, animal fats are in fact good for us, yes even cholesterol. If you are trying to loose weight it might be more helpful to cut out processed foods made from sugar and flour. If you are concerned about calories, venison contains fewer calories than beef, pork or chicken. Three ounces of deer contain 127 calories on average, whereas other meats contain between 157 to 185 calories.
- No Additives or Hormones. Unlike most commercial farming today where animals are raised under intense pressure to pack on the pounds as quickly as possible (often times with the help of steroids and growth hormones) deer live a more free and natural life without any hormones, additives or antibiotics added.
Game is not usually considered a health food, but it should be. The meat of game animals like deer, caribou, buffalo and elk, and of game birds like wild duck, goose pheasant and quail is particularly rich in minerals and many other valuable nutrients.
One common belief is that the fat from game animals is lower in saturated fat than from domesticated animals. Ruminant animals--whether domestic ruminants, such as cattle, goats and sheep, or wild ruminants, such as deer, elk, caribou and buffalo-- contain special bacteria and protozoa in their intestinal tracts that do a very efficient job of turning largely unsaturated fats and carbohydrates from plant foods into saturated and monounsaturated fats. The amount of saturated fat in various ruminant animals varies only slightly, whether they consume grains or wild grasses. Buffalo fat is actually more saturated than beef fat. So don't worry about the fat content in meat. The more fat, the more flavor.
Another misconception is that game meat is lean and that primitive peoples therefore had a lowfat diet. Actually, the hunter-gatherer hunted animals selectively. He preferred older male animals because they had an accumulated slab of fat along the back which, in larger animals, could weigh as much as 40-50 pounds. He also consumed the marrow, which is rich in monounsaturated fats, and used the highly saturated cavity fat to make pemmican (nutritious Native American concentrated mixture of fat and protein).
- 2 pounds venison meat. Any type will do. Stew, chuck, steaks...
- 5 slices bacon
- 2 carrot
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 bag frozen pearl onions(not necessary)
- 1/2 cup red wine(or more beef stock)
- Salt, pepper, fresh rosemary
- Frozen Peas, 16 oz bag
- Mashed potatoes or Sweet Potato Cauliflower Mash
- Cut up venison steaks into 1/2 to 1 inch pieces. Season with 1 teaspoon salt, fresh pepper, 2 teaspoons fresh chopped rosemary. Add meat to a hot pan or dutch oven with a little olive oil. sear meat for 3-5 minutes. Remove from pan.
- Cut up vegetables while meat is searing. Cut bacon into small pieces, add to pot and cook until it starts to get crispy. Add carrots, onion and garlic to the pot with bacon. Cook until vegetables start to get tender. Add a few shakes of salt and pepper.
- Toss venison into the pot. Cook together with vegetables for a minute then add beef stock and wine.
- Let the venison get happy in the dutch oven/pot for 1 hour on medium/low with a lid on. Add frozen pearl onions if you wish. Let the meat cook for another 2 hours. 3hrs total, or more if you have time. You are basically making a venison stew, so if you wish to eat this as a stew, add a little more beef stock and go to town. Otherwise do this...
- Place meat and veggies in a casserole dish. Pour frozen peas over the meat. Slather your own mashed potatoes or Sweet Potato Cauliflower Mash like its frosting over the top of the peas.
- Cook @ 350 for 45 minutes
- Enjoy your wonderful, wildly foraging, un-gamey tenderness we call venison. And if you aren't lucky enough to score some venison from your hillbilly friends, just use some beef stew meat.