Monday, December 23, 2013

The benefits of eating bison meat

Bison meat is becoming more and more popular on menus and dinner tables across the country, and for good reason. Bison meat is a lean and healthy red meat that is raised naturally and still tastes great. As a matter of fact there are lots of great reasons to eat bison meat and if you'd like, you can read about my top three reasons for eating bison meat.

Bison meat is still fairly new to the market, and so it's common that we get lots of questions about bison meat and the benefits of eating it. So, if you have questions about bison meat and why you should think about eating it, here's a quick crash course. Of course, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Get in touch with us or post your question in the comments!

Our bison are Responsibly Ranch Raised.
There are a lot of buzz words floating around the marketplace these days and not a lot of clarification or regulation about what those words actually mean. So, we created our own to explain to our customers exactly how it is that we raise our bison and that is: Responsibly Ranch Raised.

A bison bull on the Missouri Ranch.
1. In our operation, we take great care in raising our bison herd in a low stress lifestyle, keeping in mind the quality of life for our animals, the impact our ranch and process has on the environment and the impact our actions have on the quality of our finished bison meat product.

2. We NEVER use antibiotics, growth hormones or steroids in our bison. We do NOT add chemicals or fillers during processing. It is so important to us that we keep our finished bison product 100% real.

3. Between our Nebraska and Missouri ranches, our bison have lots of room to roam, graze and grow. The space we give our bison herds allow them to remain wild and live on their instincts according to their own social hierarchies. Throughout the course of their lives, our bison are minimally handled, highly respected and humanely treated.

4. Randy and Jane (our owners) care about their land, their animals and sustainability. They oversee all operations on their ranches and are hands on with the management of their herd. The meat we sell across the country is the same meat Randy and Jane put on their own table and share with their family.

5. We do everything we can to ensure that the meat we produce is with us throughout the entire cycle from ranch to plate. Our growing operation is more and more allowing us to raise our bison from birth and oversee the process all the way through production.

This ranch truly cares about its herd and its land and produces only 100% real bison meat.

Bison meat is lean.
Bison meat is low in fat, calories and cholesterol. It is also high in protein and iron, making it a popular choice for those who are looking to lose weight and build muscle or those who are looking to include some red meat in a heart healthy diet. Want to see the numbers? Check out our nutritional comparisons of bison meat chart.

Bison tastes great.
There can be a lot of reasons to eat certain foods, but that doesn't always mean they taste good. The wonderful thing about bison is that it tastes great too! Bison meat has a slightly sweet flavor, but tastes similar to beef. As long as it is not overcooked, bison will be tender, juicy and delicious.

Bison Burgers on the grill.

Bison has all of the same cuts you are familiar with.
You can get all your favorite cuts of meat in bison: bison steaks, bison burger, bison short ribs, bison roasts, bison prime rib, bison jerky, even bison hot dogs!

Cooking bison meat is easy.
The key to cooking bison is to cook it low and slow. Since bison has so little fat, it will cook fairly quickly and should be cooked over lower heat. Bison should be cooked to medium doneness, if you cook it "well-done" or "medium-well", your bison will end up tough and chewy. Bison can be baked, grilled, broiled, and pan-fried and any of your favorite beef recipes can be adapted for bison.

Bison are not endangered.
There is still a common misconception that we hear every once in awhile. Many years ago, during the westward expansion, bison were hunted to near extinction. However, the bison herds in America are once again strong and there are around 500,000 American bison in North America and that number continues to grow.

Do I have you convinced? Would you like to give bison meat a try? Well that means you have 2 options!

1. You can buy our bison meat online. or 2. You can book a bison hunt on our ranch and harvest your own meat.

Either way, we hope to hear from you soon!


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