Venison is the meat that Scotland is famous for, but your average person shies away from adding it to their weekly shop! Usually the reasons are simple: people believe it costs more than alternatives; people don’t know how to cook it; people have had it poorly cooked before and not enjoyed it.
The truth is, when prepared correctly venison’s a delicious, lean alternative to beef. The cost between the cuts of venison and beef are negligible when the quality of cut is the same – the real difference is that there are no ‘cheap’ cuts of venison.
Venison is one of the healthiest and most sustainable foods in the world. All of West Coast Foods’ venison is Wild Roe Deer, provided by our strong partnerships with local stalkers. The meat of wild roe deer is not the strong, overly assertive meat associated with venison, but has a delicate and tender flesh. By choosing wild venison, you are eating meat that is free from harmful antibiotics and hormones. Its meat is lower in fat and cholesterol than beef, and higher in vitamin B6, B12, and Omega 3 fatty acids.
So now your only reason for not trying it is not knowing how to cook it…and we’re about to take care of that!
- Remember, it’s not beef
Yes, it can be a substitute for beef in many recipes – but in the same way you could substitute pork for chicken, you need to cook the meat differently to get the same flavour and texture.
- Venison needs to be aged
To provide the best flavour and most tender meat, venison needs to be aged – not as long as beef, but 10 days at least.
- Work with the flavour
Good quality venison is not gamey tasting, but wild, foraging animals will have a stronger taste than farmed animals. That’s why, when it comes to wild venison, the simpler the seasonings the better – work with the natural flavours rather than trying to mask them.
- Don't overcook it
Overcooked venison can be like rubber. It cooks much faster than beef so be careful not to overdo it. Cook according to the cut, and check online for help if you aren’t sure.
- Get creative
Yes, venison cooked simply is delicious, but you can get adventurous with recipes and make meals for any occasion. Take a look at our free recipes for some inspiration.