Get Ready for Hunting Season and Learn How to Prepare Deer Meat for Cooking

Deer Meat As fall approaches, hunters everywhere are anxiously awaiting the opening of deer season. Some do it for the sport, and others do it to fill their freezers for the winter. For most, it's a combination of the...

Deer Meat
Deer Meat

As fall approaches, hunters everywhere are anxiously awaiting the opening of deer season. Some do it for the sport, and others do it to fill their freezers for the winter. For most, it's a combination of the two. Venison can give the household grocery budget a break when it is used to substitute other proteins such as beef and poultry, but you have to know how to prepare deer meat to get the best result. Whether you are roasting, sauteing, slow-cooking, or grilling your venison, follow these steps for a delicious meal.

1. Marinate the meat. The best way to get rid of the "gamey" taste that so many people complain about is to soak the meat in a marinade to add flavor and tenderize it. There are many store-bought options for marinades, or simply use a bottle of Italian salad dressing. You can also make your own and experiment with different flavors.

2. Remove all visible fat. Use a sharp knife to trim it away from the meat. Unlike many meats, the fat does not add a nice flavor to the end product.

3. Add a flavorful fat. Because venison is such a lean meat, it does need some fat to develop its flavor.. Use butter or oil, or combine it with other meats that have flavorful fat, such as beef or bacon.

4. Keep deer meat moist. Lean proteins tend to dry out, so however you cook it, take steps to keep it moist. Baste it often if you're roasting or grilling venison. Many people have very good results cooking venison in a slow cooker because it won't dry out.

Whether you're new to cooking venison, or you just want to improve your results, these 4 basic steps will ensure your meal turns out delicious every time.

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