Are You Ready For Some Football? Get The Steak Ready!
Buffalo was once the chief source of meat for many Native
Americans before the animal nearly became instinct over two
centuries ago. However, because of its many health benefits and
other factors, buffalo meat is rapidly making a comeback to
plates and palates today.
Private ranches are now raising buffalos in a bid to fill the
growing demand for buffalo meat but the supply remains miniscule
compared to the supply of beef, making it presently relatively
expensive. Despite the costs however, buffalo meat has many
advantages over beef which makes it an ideal meat alternative
for the health conscious.
For one, buffalo meat has 70% to 90% less fat than beef and
half the cholesterol. Further, because they are stronger than
domestic animals, they don’t require growth hormones and
artificial substances to get them to size. In appearance,
buffalo meat is similar to beef except that it has a darker
reddish color. Connoisseurs however say that buffalo meat has
more flavor than beef and is just as tender.
Buffalo is also as versatile as beef and has similar cuts. It
can be used in any beef recipe but has to be prepared and cooked
differently because it cooks faster than beef due to the absence
of fat within the muscle. Fat acts as an insulator which tends
to slow down cooking time so with less fat content, the meat
will cook faster.
To prepare a buffalo steak, experts advise putting olive oil on
each side before cooking in order to keep the meat moist. The
key is to go “low and slow”. One should turn the buffalo steak
over often and cook at a lower heat than steak. Also use slower
cooking times but avoid overcooking the buffalo as this could
dry the meat out. If you are using a gas grill, experts also
advise keeping the lid closed to keep the moisture in. If you
are cooking buffalo meat in the broiler meantime, it is advised
to move the oven rack a notch lower than what you would use to
broil beef. Chefs however advise against using a broiler to cook
buffalo meat. If you are using the stove, the stove should be
turned to medium. Ground buffalo meat can also be used as a
substitute for ground beef but it is well to remember that
buffalo does not shrink in size when cooked.
In general, an 8 ounce buffalo steak will take about 10 minutes
to prepare medium. Studies show that buffalo cooked at a medium
temperature produces the tastiest results but if you want your
buffalo steak well done, you may want to consider cooking at a
very low temperature (180 =96 200F) and for at least 10 hours.
When cooking buffalo steak, the basic guidelines to remember are
to use lower heat and to retain the moisture. One way of sealing
in buffalo’s natural juices is to sear the meat on both sides.
Because, buffalo cooks faster, you should expect that compared
to beef cooked to the same degree of doneness, buffalo steaks or
burgers will be ready faster.
Paired with onions, mushrooms or your favorite seasoning;
buffalo is offering meat lovers a variety of natural and healthy
ways to enjoy their meals.
About The Author: Memphis Red is world renown steak expert,
often appearing on the food channel and other cooking shows
during the 4th of July. For more information on finding the
“perfect steak” visit http://www.steaksavior.com
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