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DAZZLE_C Posts: 46
1/10/13 10:28 A

Thanks for your response. Everyone we have talked to told us to add fat. However they were elderly people and we are in the south. We are trying to eat better and we like deer meat. Have done steaks and roast. We decided to grind most of it up this year.. We added the fat but next year we will not.

DAZZLE_C Posts: 46
1/6/13 6:55 P

Thanks for your response. Everyone we have talked to told us to add fat. However they were elderly people and we are in the south. We are trying to eat better and we like deer meat. Have done steaks and roast. We decided to grind most of it up this year.. We added the fat but next year we will not.

DAZZLE_C Posts: 46
1/6/13 6:54 P

Thanks for your response. Everyone we have talked to told us to add fat. However they were elderly people and we are in the south. We are trying to eat better and we like deer meat. Have done steaks and roast. We decided to grind most of it up this year.. We added the fat but next year we will not.

MAMAMANDY41 SparkPoints: (9,204)
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1/6/13 3:50 P

My family are hunters and we also have cattle. We never add any fat to the deer meat, but if we make sausage we do mix with pork. When using instead of beef I do not miss the fat at all. It is about like cooking the leanest beef you can buy at the supermarket. I actually prefer the deer over the beef for this reason. You do not have to be as careful about draining off the fat etc, because there really is very little to drain. As long as you season your ground meat as you are cooking it with garlic or onions, the smell is not bad either.
We usually cut off tenderloins for steaks, then do normal roast portions including neck roasts, and the rest we grind for "hamburger". One of our favorite dishes is small cuts of any dear steak, 1 jalepeno ring, 1 slice of bell pepper, wrap with 1/2 piece of bacon and hold together with toothpick. Grill until it is done like you prefer. This is delicious. I do the same thing with chicken in the oven on a weeknight for an easy meal also.

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1/6/13 3:24 P

You don't HAVE to grind up the meat to make it edible. Why not make venison roasts or stews, or even just eat like steak, instead of making it into burgers? The extra fat would not be required for anything but burgers or sausages.

DAZZLE_C Posts: 46
1/6/13 3:11 P

Thanks for the information. We put the fat as we were told. I will check that out.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,687
1/6/13 3:04 P

If you are looking for the nutrition info for venison, go to the USDA food database site:
ndb.nal.usda.gov/
Type in the word, venison, and you will find several entries, info on ground, steaks, etc.

It is a healthy lean meat. However, since you are currently added a great deal of fat to your product, you will need to adjust the nutrition information. You are turning your lean venison into a very fatty meat. The SP recipe calculator could give you the specific numbers for your blend.

regarding the other "health benefits", you really do not know---for deer are running wild--grazing mostly in grain and hay fields of farmers. It would depend on what foods they are eating and the farming practices and the water sources being used by the deer.

SP Dietitian Becky

DAZZLE_C Posts: 46
1/5/13 8:36 P

I guess I'm trying to figure out if venison is better for you than beef.

DAZZLE_C Posts: 46
1/5/13 8:34 P

You are right. Thanks.

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1/5/13 8:32 P

Keep in mind that organic does not mean healthier; raising meat organically does not change the calorie content, nor the nutritional content of the meat. A pound of beef raised in a commercial farm is going to have the same nutritional content as a pound of beef raised on an organic farm.

Organic is just about lack of pesticides, antibiotics, etc. It has nothing to do with improving nutritional content.

DAZZLE_C Posts: 46
1/5/13 7:50 P

Thank you for that website!!!

CREATIVECALICO Posts: 300
1/5/13 7:13 P

Sorry about the multiple posts!

Edited by: CREATIVECALICO at: 1/5/2013 (19:14)
CREATIVECALICO Posts: 300
1/5/13 7:12 P

Sorry about the multiple posts!

Edited by: CREATIVECALICO at: 1/5/2013 (19:14)
CREATIVECALICO Posts: 300
1/5/13 7:12 P

Here's a comparison of beef to venison: www.livestrong.com/article/326549-nutritio
nal-values-of-venison-vs-beef/


I think your fat percentage is good, but if you're looking to cut calories a bit, you may want to add fat in a 4 or 5 to 1 ratio.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,255
1/5/13 11:18 A

Since the title is "venison and its health benefits"...
you are negating any health benefits by adding a whole pound of fat to every 3 pounds of venison!

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
1/5/13 11:12 A

I grew up in a family that hunted. I seldom get Venison anymore but I do like it! I also think it is a good lean meat. Around here some of the hunters also donate meat to food banks.

DAZZLE_C Posts: 46
1/5/13 10:56 A

My husband and I are both deer hunters. We package our meat and use it in place of hamburger and sausage. We add 1# of fat to 3# venison. I feel that deer would be the same as organic because they are not fed hormones and chemicals and they are not caged or fenced in. Is this so and what is the nutritional value and calorie intake of venison.

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