Today’s question comes from a reader and it is all about venison.
Have you cooked much venison? My father gave me several steaks, tenderloins, and burger from the deer he shot this year. Any ideas how to season or flavor it? Venison is a very very lean meat and I’m simply at a loss.
Several people have emailed me over the last few months asking how to cook venison, so this is a great question Tina and one I hope my readers and I can help with.
My dad hunts, so I actually grew up eating a lot of deer and elk meat. I also have a husband and son who love to hunt.
So, I have eaten quite a bit of venison over the years. And to be honest I have had some really good venison and some really bad venison.
The taste of venison can vary a lot. The way you cook it can make a huge difference. The taste of the meat can also vary by the age and sex of the deer. Proper cleaning and processing of the meat makes a huge difference in the taste. What the deer eats can also affect the meat and how it tastes.
Many people say they do not like venison, but the reality is that they may not have had good venison or venison that is cooked properly.
My favorite way to eat venison is ground. I know many people will disagree with me on this one, but of all the ways I have had it, ground is my favorite.
My family really enjoys ground venison in chili and soups. I love using part ground venison and part ground beef in meatloaf and hamburgers. A hamburger with half ground beef and half venison is one of the best hamburgers I have had.
I also use ground venison is casseroles, mexican food, and many other dishes.
We also enjoy jerky made from venison, although I am still trying to find a recipe that we really like.
As far as venison steaks, tenderloins, and roasts, I am far from an expert on cooking them. I still have a lot to learn on cooking a good venison steak. So, I hope my readers can help on that one.
I did recently hear from a friend about brining venison and elk meat. I have heard of brining other meats, but I had never thought to brine wild game. When I mentioned this method to my mom, she said she has known several people that brined their venison and it worked well. So, I can’t wait to try it with some of the venison I have in my freezer.
I am hoping that you all will have some more tips for cooking venison for Tina.
What are some of your favorite ways to cook and eat venison?
And if anyone has a good jerky recipe you would be willing to share, I would love to have it? I have some meat in the freezer just waiting to be made into jerky.