'venison' on Serious Eats

Slow-Roasted Spice-Rubbed Venison Loin

Cooking venison loin is not all that different from cooking beef loin, except that it is significantly leaner. Since fat transmits heat much slower than lean protein, in beef, it acts as an insulator. Thus the fattier the cut, the slower it cooks. Lean venison take only about two-thirds the time to cook than an equivalent-sized piece of beef. More

The Nasty Bits: Venison Heart Tartare

Tartare is a preparation most commonly applied to beef or fish flesh, but the idea of eating offal in its completely raw state has always appealed to me. Oftentimes I've held a brain, liver, or heart in my hands, inhaled the sweet smell of an organ that's so wonderfully pungent and perfect on its own, and felt compelled to eat it as is. Here, with the help of NYC chef Sebastiaan Zijp, we prepare venison heart tartare. More

Hot Dog of the Week: Reindeer Hot Dog

[Original artwork: Hawk Krall] Past Weeks' Dogs Cincinnati Cheese Coney24th & Passyunk TruckTexas TommyPhilly Dirty Water DogChicago Dog Popular on the streets of Anchorage, Alaska, and slowly making its way across the country, this week we bring you the Reindeer Dog. Made from Alaskan caribou, these dogs are split and grilled and served on a steamed bun. The taste is similar to venison sausage but slightly less gamey. Standard condiments include grilled onions deglazed with Coca-Cola, mustard, and even cream cheese, Seattle-style. The reindeer franks come from two major Alaska purveyors: Indian Valley Meats, which makes natural casing dogs containing a mix of caribou and beef, and Alaska Sausage And Seafood, where the reindeer links are smoked and seasoned... More

'Field & Stream' Magazine's Feature on Venison

Venison cubes. [Photograph: Robyn Lee] "You lookin at me?" [Flickr: gregory scott clarke photography] Outdoorsy magazine Field & Stream spotlighted venison in this month's issue. For all the readers who shot Bambi but don't know how to eat it, this spread is incredibly comprehensive. Why should you eat venison? Because it's more American than apple pie. How should you prepare it? Try Bobby Flay's pan-roasted venison with jalapeño sauce or Paul Kahan's roasted venison backstrap. Speaking of backstrap, the magazine's editors also weighed in on their favorite cuts and for editor-at-large T. Edward Nickens, it's all about the backstrap (or the longissimus dorsi muscle, which aids in the deer's "zero-to-see-ya-later speeds"). He writes: Every serious deer hunter has a... More

Hazards of Eating Wild Game Shot with Lead Bullets

Photograph from mandj98 on Flickr A study that examined the lead levels of more than 700 residents in North Dakota revealed the hazards of eating wild game shot with lead bullets. People who ate wild game killed with lead bullets had higher levels of lead than those who didn't. Although not dangerous for most people, North Dakota health officials recommend that pregnant women and children under six years old avoid eating venison killed with lead bullets.... More

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