Benefits of Eating Wild Game
“There is something extraordinary about a food that has touched no other hands than your own throughout the entire process,” says Ethan, from Edmonton, Alberta.
Now, we understand that hunting can be a controversial topic, and most people lack the desire or ability to hunt their own food. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t reap the rewards of introducing game meat into your diet!
Many people are making the switch, and it’s clear why –
Game meat is well known for being considerably leaner than the meat you’ll find in the grocery store down the street. Venison is low in fat and has more iron than any other red meat; rabbit has more protein than chicken, lamb, fish, pork, or beef. Deer and elk are excellent sources of good fat with optimal Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratios. Not to mention a healthy and affordable dose of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which is a dietary fat that has been researched for its anti-cancer properties, and is commonly used as a weight-loss/body building supplement. Game contains higher levels of vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Zinc Vitamin B6 and Selenium.
There are also environmental and ethical reasons to consider when replacing farmed meat with wild game. A light is being shone on the true unpleasantness of factory farming, and more and more people are looking for alternatives that better align with their own morals. However, one must keep in mind that “organic” farms do not always treat their livestock humanely. Whereas, wild game is as natural as you can get, and hunters pride themselves on the humaneness of their process – treating the animal with great respect and appreciation for their sacrifice. “As a society we have dissociated with where our food comes from for the sake of our own convenience,” says Shaver. By eating wild game you also reduce your exposure to unnecessary antibiotics or hormones, as well as your ecological footprint. Supporting wild game also benefits conservation efforts and a wider diversity of species can be found in areas where hunting is allowed.
When is comes to cooking game meat, the general rule of thumb is that you want to cook the meat slowly to tenderize the meat full, and allow the richness of the flavors to come out. As Shaver, says, “marinating the meat overnight before cooking, and letting it rest after it is cooked, are also very important to the flavor of the game meat. There many dishes, from roasts & steaks all the way down to tacos and omelets, that can utilise game meat of all types. Be creative and don’t be scared to try new things with wild game, it is very versatile and enjoyable.”
If you’re looking to purchase game meat, it can often be found at your local farmer’s market, or can you can request it from your butcher shop. Alternatively, you can contact a nearby processing plant, or connect with a hunter who may be able to sell to you in bulk which will significantly reduce the cost.
For an easy introductory recipe to game meat click here and enjoy!