Bison: The Other Red Meat

I’ve heard a lot about bison, but it’s not probably not something I would have tried on my own. And not for any good reason – just because it’s not convenient to get and I am perfectly happy with beef and chicken and occasionally pork. But then High Plains Bison offered to send me some meat to try. And they say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. “They” weren’t bloggers, I guess!

It didn’t take but a few days before a big Styrofoam container arrived on my door step filled with gourmet bison steaks, sausage and hot dogs.  I think we threw it on the grill that evening.

Unfortunately it got a bit charred, so I don’t think I got to experience the flavor as fully as I could have, but it was tasty.  I’d never have known it wasn’t beef.

Why Bison?

Bison is naturally leaner than beef.  It’s lower in saturated fat than beef, chicken, pork, or even salmon; it’s also low in sodium, and it’s a great source of iron and Omega 3 fatty acids.

Personally, I don’t worry too much about saturated fat and sodium, but I know that it’s good to have a variety of foods in our diets, and I’m always happy to try something new.  And you know I’m all about a company that raises free roaming animals and doesn’t use antibiotics or hormones.

I was confused by the fact that they offer “grass fed bison” and then regular bison on their site.  This is explained on their FAQ page:

Our premium grass-fed products are just that, grass fed. The product will be slightly lower in fat and calories than the grain-fed. It will be priced slightly higher due to the fact that they can only be harvested once a year. Right at the end of summer when there has been plenty of grass to ensure a good healthy cut.

Our grain-fed products are still free roaming animals. During harvesting, we feed them grain pellets for a minimum of 3 months before we harvest.

And if you care about such matters, you can rest assured that High Plains Bison are not fed any animal bi-products, antibiotics, preservatives, fillers, or hormones; and their grounds are not sprayed with chemicals.

Since bison is leaner than beef, it does require slightly different cooking techniques.  High Plains Bison conveniently provides many recipes on their site, and the packages came with individualized instructions as well.  I read them carefully and then still managed to char my meat, so definitely keep an eye on it!

If you’re interested in trying out High Plains Bison, they have generously offered Musings of a Housewife readers 20% off all food items with the code EATGOOD22. Although you will add the code on the cart page, the discount does not show up until the billing page, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see it right away.

Do you eat bison?  How do you like it?