With the following disclaimer I will share with you why I feed my family venison. This post is either going to go really well or really bad. There are so many ways that each of us try to take care of our families. We all come from different cultures and different backgrounds. I am not the most politically correct person. And if I am being honest I don’t want to be.
We don’t hunt. I can’t stand the thought of shooting an animal. I have never had the urge to get up at o’dark thirty and sit in a tree; so cold I can watch my breath. That is not my idea of a good time. That being said, there are others out there who think that doing that is the best thing since sliced bread. Some people love to hunt and take pride in being able to put food on their table that way. But what about the people who do not care for the taste of venison? What happens to these ‘trophy’ animals? They feed my family.
Being a Good Steward
I live in a small town. One of the mailmen is my best friends husband. Between the two of them they have taught me to take these animals and become a good steward of the meat they provide. Instead of allowing the carcasses to rot I quickly learned to field dress, quarter, and process meat to feed my family. There are local meat processing businesses that actually process venison for the local food pantries. Allowing the meat to go to waste is throwing away an opportunity to use something for good. I am able to get meat for my family, food, and bones to chew on for my animals. This deer season we were blessed with 9 deer. It filled the freezers of three families. Families with small children and tight budgets. I alone have around 150 lbs of ground meat, tips, steak, filet mignon and roast that will last my family for a minimum of 6 months. Can you imagine what that does to my grocery budget?
Cooking with Venison
If something calls for hamburger – I use venison. The difference is that I have to ADD a bit of oil to cook it. Venison is so low-fat that you run the risk of burning the meat if you brown it without something added. I like to use olive oil but any oil or even shortening would work.
Hamburger Helper is my husband’s FAVORITE meal. I use venison. By adding a bit of Mrs. Dash and some Montreal Steak Seasoning even though he finds it difficult to eat venison he can’t tell the difference. In the beginning he would ask is this beef or Bambi. (Sarcastic sense of humor again, sorry guys) Now he doesn’t even ask. He knows.
I have taken roast to church get-together and no one would have known it was venison if I hadn’t told them. I was even asked for the recipe. Now it is requested when we have potlucks.
Many people complain about the ‘gamey’ taste of venison. That taste comes from the way the animal is field dressed and processed. Immediately the testicles and musk glands need to be removed. By doing that you stop the distribution of certain hormones. Don’t ask me what or how, I am passing on knowledge from those who have done this for years. While research says it doesn’t make a difference, I have been able to tell.
How many times do you go to the store and hear GMO free? Or Grass Fed? How about Free Range Organic? Now think of how much more those types of foods are. Venison is one of the lowest fat meats available. It is naturally GMO free, grass-fed, and where I live it is definitely free range. So free in fact that it causes many accidents per year.
Have you ever tried venison? Do you think you could? Is it something you would be willing to try? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.