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Venison: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Venison?

Venison is meat from any of the deer species i.e. red, roe, sika. The wild Venison in our Game boxes is red deer meat.

Is venison safe to eat?

Prions have never been found in muscle meat - even in infected deer. State officials are not recommending any general restrictions on consumption of deer meat. However, as a general precaution, it is recommended not to eat deer or elk brains, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils or lymph glands where prions are known to accumulate.
Prions have never been found in muscle meat - even in infected deer. Officials are not recommending restrictions on eating venison. However, as a general precaution, do not eat deer or elk brains, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils or lymph glands.

Is it safe to eat venison?

The prions have never been found in muscle meat, even in infected deer. Officials are not recommending any general restrictions on consumption of deer meat. However, as a precaution, it is recommended that you do not eat deer or elk brains, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils or lymph glands (the tissue where the prions accumulate).

What happens to all the venison?

Every effort is made to see that hungry people get some food. This requires a lot of coordination. The client is in a better political position for getting a local meat processing facility to donate some of its production time. Once processed, inspected, and packaged, the venison gets distributed to local charities, church pantries, and other philanthropic organizations. ...

How is the Venison packed?

All Venison from Highland Game is vacuum packed in branded bags. The Pave Steaks and the Fillets come in specially designed presentation boxes with recipes included. Packaging Information.

How long is your venison aged?

Four to seven days in a cooler. This gives a really good flavor of venison without the gamey taste.

Do I have to marinate venison?

Not at all. It isn't necessary because farmed venison is young and tender already. But marinating alters the taste, so if you like a more powerful taste, by all means do.

How should Venison be prepared?

Venison is a lean meat without noticeable marbling but all fat should be trimmed off as it is the fat that can have a strong taste. Because Venison is so lean, it is best when cooked quickly, over high heat. Venison is normally served rare and never well-done. Venison has a rich flavor which can be accentuated with fruit or berry sauces for variety. The modern approach to raising Venison produces a delightfully tender meat. ...

Do you have Venison recipes?

Yes! There are fantastic printer friendly recipes from our 'The Name of the Game' cookbook on the website. Highland Game is also proud to present our new and innovative cookbook, ‘Venison’ by Maxine Clark. ‘Venison’ presents a fresh and modern collection of recipes, mixing a range of our current favourite recipes with some exceptional new modern dishes. Maxine aspires to help you enjoy Venison as part of your every day diet and not just for special occasions.

How do I defrost my Venison?

Always defrost your Venison in the fridge - allow at least 12 hours for best defrosting result.

Are your products 100% venison?

Yes, all of our venison products are all natural, 100% venison, excluding our select sausages which combine venison with seasonings or wild boar.

Can anyone ask for venison?

The wild game is only distributed to organizations, not individuals.

Is it legal to sell or buy venison in South Carolina?

State Law 50-11-1910 prohibits the sale of the following deer parts in SC; any live deer, venison of any deer except as provided in 50-11-1920, any white-tailed deer gamets (egg and sperm) and antler velvet, or any white-tailed deer antlers attached to the pedicel. Section 50-11-1920 allows permitted restaurants to sell exotic farm raised venison as a menu item. On the other hand, deer parts not listed may be bought and sold. This would include deer hides, antlers that have been shed or removed from the pedicel, etc. ...

Is it safe to eat venison products from Wisconsin?

As stated, the World Health Organization concluded that there is NO proven scientific evidence at this time that supports the idea of transmission of the disease, CWD, through human consumption of meat from an infected animal. The prion that causes CWD is suspected of accumulating only in particular parts of the infected animal's body. . .the internal organs consisting particularly of the brain, spinal cord, eyes, lymph nodes, spleen and tonsils. ...

Will all the venison be donated to charity?

It is not unusual for most of the harvested deer to be donated, but the hunters often would like to keep one or two for personal use. Hunters’ time, travel, and equipment used during the season often add up to a significant expense; the meals from venison help to offset those costs. The landowner may request any donated deer go to a charity of his choice in the local area.

Venison, it's strong and tough, isnt it?

Not farmed venison. It's young, so you don't need to age it so long to make it tender. As for tenderness, farmed venison is even more tender than beef, e.g. our Denver steaks are more tender than beef sirloin steak.

Venison is awfully dry, isn't it?

Not if you cook it right. But it is very lean so it needs different treatment. There are details in our hints for preparation.

Is your venison wild or farmed?

All of the venison we stock is wild red deer meat. The process of stalking the deer is a hard task involving walking miles through the hills in all weather. The reason we are so proud of our venison is due to the care and attention the deerstalkers take when bringing us this fantastic meat.

How much venison should I order for each person?

For boneless cuts of venison, we suggest allowing 6 to 8 ounces per person. For bone-in cuts, we suggest 10 to 12 ounces per person. For a main course serving, allow one rack of venison for two people.

What wines pair well with venison and game meat dishes?

For suggestions on pairing wine with venison and other game meats, please contact Cef Jason Brady at Wine Country , (318) 219-3330, in Shreveport, Louisiana, or go to www.winecountrynet.com to visit his website

Can I have deer venison tested?

Deer "venison" cannot be tested-only brain and neural and lymph node tissue can be tested to detect the presence of CWD. There is no means of testing deer tissue samples for CWD in Texas at present. However, the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab in College Station is in the process of being certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be able to test CWD samples. Eventually, the public may be instructed to contact the Texas Animal Health Commission for information on testing.
Deer “venison” cannot be tested—only brain and neural and lymph node tissue can be tested to detect the presence of CWD. The Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab in College Station has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test CWD samples. Eventually, the public may be instructed to contact the Texas Animal Health Commission for information on testing.

What happens after I harvest a deer? Can I keep the venison?

Field dressing your trophy is included. We will also quarter your deer for travel in your large cooler. If you prefer, there is a local processor just a few miles away that will package your deer and ship the venison back home for you to enjoy or they can donate it to the local "Feed the hungry program". Processing and shipping will be at your expense.

Are there any restrictions on the purchase and sale of deer meat or venison in Vermont?

Yes. The only time it is legal to buy or sell deer meat or venison in Vermont is during the open season and for 20 days after the season ends.

Can humans get CWD from eating venison?

Prions have never been found in muscle meat, even in infected deer. There is no evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans. The World Health Organization made this conclusion after reviewing available scientific information. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has found no evidence that prion-related disease in humans occurs more often in hunters and consumers of wild game than in the general population. No disease in people has been found after 16 years of monitoring affected areas in Colorado. Testing

Where can I get venison from animals which tested free of CWD?

Minnesota has CWD monitoring available for deer and elk breeders. Harvested animals are routinely tested for CWD. Producers of herds that have actively participated in the monitoring program for three or more years can be quite confident that they are free of the disease. A list of producers participating in the program is available from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

What is the shelf life for Venison? How long can I keep it in the freezer/ fridge?

Frozen Venison will keep in your freezer for up to 2 years. Once defrosted, ideally cook immediately, however the product can be kept in its sealed Vacuum Pack for a maximum of 5days. Fresh Venison’s shelf life is 10 days from specified packing date. (Refer to label on the reverse of packaging)

Can you give me some basic tips for cooking venison?

These products require very little seasoning to bring out the mild flavor and natural tenderness. We recommend using a meat thermometer to avoid over-cooking the meat. Season with salt and pepper, add your choice of oil to the cooking utensil and preheat. Cook on medium-high heat to medium-rare doneness, an internal temperature of 130 degrees. Remove the meat from the heat and allow it to rest for 5 minutes to medium doneness before serving. ...

What is the difference in the taste between native white-tail Deer and exotic game venison?

The fat in native white-tail venison meat contributes to the wild, gamy taste, whereas our exotic game is naturally very lean. In addition the diet of native white-tail deer consists primarily of nuts, berries and browse, while our exotic game are primarily grazers.
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