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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cooking Elk Meat and Grass-Fed Organic Beef: 14 Recipes to get you started

Last year, at NebraskaBison.com, we launched our Good Life Premium Meats brand, now offering premium Elk Meat and 100% Grass-Fed Organic Beef options to our customers. Our #1 recommendation for cooking these other lean meats, is that they are similar to cooking bison – as they are both lean meats that require extra care in cooking.



However, we thought it would be a good time to provide you with a collection of recipes from around the web that are specifically made for each of these delicious meat options. So we've put together this collection of 13 recipes to help get you started with Elk Meat and Organic Grass-Fed Beef!

Elk Meat Recipes


1. Elk Steak Marinade
This recipe provides easy to follow instructions for a Elk Steak Marinade as well as cooking instructions once the steak is on the grill. This marinade will work great with our 8 oz. Elk Ranch Steak.
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2. Savory Garlic Mushroom Ground Elk
This recipe from OutdoorChannel.com uses Ground Elk to make a stroganoff style dish served over rice.
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3. Elk Rump Roast with Chipotle Butter
Another recipe from OutdoorChannel.com, this recipe calls for a Elk Rump Roast, but our Elk Chuck Roast should substitute easily.
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4. Slow Cooked Elk Loin
Another recipe for Elk Roast, which should leave you with deliciously tender slow cooked elk meat.
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5. Elk Swiss and Prosciutto Burger
This recipe for an Elk Burger from Nevada Foodies not only looks delicious, but is hyped as a "Perfect Elk Burger".
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6 - 8. Three Awesome Elk Burger Recipes
Finally, at the link below, Wide Open Spaces provides recipes for three different styles of Elk Burgers. We're certain you'll find one you like.
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Want to try some of these Elk recipes above? We've got the meat you need to get started. Click here to shop our selection of Elk Meat and have it shipped to your door.

Grass-Fed Beef Recipes


9. Organic Beef Sloppy Joes
This link provides a recipe for Beef Sloppy Joes using all organic ingredients.
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10. Southwestern Beef Meatballs with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce
These delicious looking meatballs aren't your standard go-to meatball recipe. This post shares a great recipe for using grass-fed beef.
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11. Thirty Minute Grass-Fed Beef Meatloaf
A recipe round-up just isn't the same without a good meatloaf recipe. This recipe features grass-fed organic beef and other organic ingredients.
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12. Perfect Grass-Fed Beef Burgers
In this recipe, Bon Apetit provides tips and instructions for making a delicious burger using grass-fed beef.
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13. Grass-Fed Beef with Herbs
This post from epicurious suggests using Grass-Fed Beef Top Sirloin or a Filet Mignon, and provides instructions for cooking the steak via cast iron skillet in the oven.
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14. Paleo Taco Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
This recipe uses grass-fed beef and other paleo ingredients to make a delicious taco salad.
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Want to give some of these grass-fed organic beef recipes a try? Click here to shop our selection of Organic 100% Grass-Fed Beef.

Monday, January 2, 2017

A quick meal guide for kicking off a healthy 2017


The New Year is a natural time to reflect and consider goals to make the following year better than the last. If you are among the many pledging to eat healthier or put more consideration into your diet this year, I hope this post will give you some good and tasty meal ideas to help keep you on track.

After all, Bison is an excellent choice of protein for health conscious meat-eaters. Not only is bison much lower in fat than other meats, it is also raised mostly on grass without the use of growth hormones, antibiotics or steroids. Bison is a clean meat, which you can tell from it's taste and appearance, and healthy eaters all over the country are falling in love with it's flavor and tenderness!

So, here's a quick meal guide with some recipes and meal suggestions to help you kick off 2017 and make it your best one yet!

Greek Bison Steak Salad

This recipe features a delicious salad, loaded with vegetables and dressed lightly with oil. A single bison steak can be sliced and added to this salad and be split between 2-4 people.

Suggested: Serve with toasted french baguette slices or pita bread or a bowl of assorted fruit to round out your meal.


Bison Steak with Penne Pasta & Vegetables

This tasty pasta dish mixes pasta, vegetables and meat all in one dish for a full meal and is easy to prepare leaving you with delicious leftovers or a meal large enough to serve four.

Suggested: Serve with a garden salad and garlic bread or bruschetta.

Bison Steak Fajitas

Steak Fajitas are always a great dish that combine tender vegetables and meat. This recipe uses only lime juice and spices, leaving out a calorie high marinade.

Suggested: Serve with rice and garden salsa.

Bison Vegetable Soup

This tasty soup is surprisingly light and includes a heaping portion of potato, carrots, celery, tomato and onion.

Suggested: Serve with a light garden salad or assorted fruit and bread.


Bison Filet Mignon

The Bison Filet Mignon is a petite 6 oz. portion and is the leanest steak option available. You can make an amazingly delicious bison filet with a pinch of salt and pepper, or other seasonings so that you don't need to add a bunch of other calories or sodium for great flavor.

Suggested: Serve with steamed vegetables or a garden salad.

Hopefully some of these meal ideas will help you get started keeping your goals towards a healthier lifestyle and diet.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Bison, Grass-Fed Beef & Elk Meats: A Comparison of 3 Lean Proteins

Lean Meat Options for the Conscientious Consumer.

Through our work with Good Life Premium Meats and NebraskaBison.com, we have established a commitment to making top quality, naturally raised meats more widely available throughout the United States.

Each of the three meats we now offer: Premium Naturally Raised Elk, 100% Grass-Fed Organic Beef and Premium Naturally Raised Bison are held to the highest standards of quality.

To help introduce you to each of these options, we've highlighted some key points for each of the three meats in this post below. 

NUTRITION

Obviously when we're talking about lean and healthy meats and proteins, nutrition is going to be a good place to start. Each of these meats (particularly the Elk and Bison) are of course considered to be among the leanest meats available. However, let's go ahead and take a look at how they compare nutritionally among themselves.

The chart below compares Ground Burger for each of the three meats we carry: Elk, Grass-Fed Organic Beef and Bison. The Elk Burger is 91% lean, Grass-Fed Organic Beef Burger is 85% lean and the Bison Burger is 90% lean.


 


Now, obviously, the Ground Burger is one of the fattier cuts of meat. Let's take a look at how each of these meats stand in leaner cuts of steak. The Grass-Fed Beef and Bison take a look at the Top Sirloin while the Elk is our "Ranch Steak" which is cut from the round (which is near the sirloin)



As you can see from these two charts,  all three meats perform very well on the nutrition scale. Elk and Bison which are two famously lean proteins outshine the Grass-Fed Organic Beef as expected by containing less fat, calories and sodium.

TASTE

Taste, of course, if another important consideration in any food comparison. So let's talk a little about the taste of each of these meats.

 

Grass-Fed Organic Beef

This is probably the taste you're already most familiar with. However, grass-Fed Beef will have a slightly different taste than conventionally raised beef. You may notice a taste that could be described as "beefier" or perhaps slightly "gamey". Many people love the meatier flavor that this meat produces.

 

Premium Elk Meat

Elk may be considered close in taste to venison, however, it will not be as gamey as deer meat. Many people mention that they believe Elk is even similar in taste to beef. So, for a good reference, you may want to put Elk on a scale part way between Deer Meat and Beef.

 

Bison

Bison is similar in taste to beef (some people even insist they cannot tell a difference). However, most people agree that it has a slightly richer or sweeter taste than conventionally raised beef. While you'll notice beef to have more of a grainy texture, bison does not, boasting a cleaner taste and texture.

STANDARDS

Of course the standards to which our animals are raised are of the utmost importance to us. The animals we raise and our partners uphold strong ethical values for these animals and hold practices of the highest standards.

 

Grass-Fed Organic Beef

Grass-Fed Organic Beef from Good Life Premium Meats is 100% grass-fed. Additionally, it meets all USDA organic certification requirements. These animals are raised without the use of Growth Hormones and Antibiotics.

 

Premium Elk Meat

Good Life Premium Meats Elk are free range, raised without growth hormones and antibiotics.

 

Bison

Our Bison Meat is raised naturally, without growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics. Our bison are free range, pasture grazed with plenty of room to roam the ranch.

COOKING

All three meats, Grass-Fed Organic Beef, Premium Elk Meat and Naturally Raised Bison are all much leaner than conventionally produced meats. This means that extra care needs to be taken during cooking. Generally, low and slow methods will suffice – cooking these meats too long or too fast will result in tough, chewy meats. However, when cooked properly, each of our premium meats should produce juicy, tasty meals!

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Ultimate Bison Christmas Gift Shopping Guide 2016

Bison Meat Christmas Gifts for 2016

Every year in November and December we stock up on our premium bison meat cuts, because every year, we see a rush on our steaks, roasts jerky and other delicious bison cuts as people start thinking about holiday dinners and Christmas gifts.

We always make sure to publish a Gift Guide / Shopping Guide on our website to help Christmas Shoppers with ideas and deadlines for ordering and I've decided to expand on this year's Gift Guide here as well. As always, if you need assistance placing an order or have questions about any of our products, I am always happy to help you with answers!

Most Popular Item for Gift Giving: Bison Filet Mignon

Each year, I find the same item seems to come up as the most popular this time of year – particularly for gift giving – and that is the Bison Filet Mignon. Here's why people love it:
  • each steak comes in a petite 6 oz. size – 4/box.
  • the filet mignon is a trifecta of flavor, tenderness and leanness.
  • a box of bison filet mignon comes to just under $100 including shipping.
https://www.nebraskabison.com Additionally our Ribeyes + Filets Special which features the Bison Filet Mignon as well as Bison Ribeye Steaks, shines as a popular option as well for those who are looking to send a package with more than one cut.

And finally, this year, with the release of our Good Life Premium Meats brand, we are now able to offer an Organic, Grass-Fed Beef Filet Mignon as well. We even offer a Filet Mignon Sampler pack which includes 4 Bison Filet Mignon and 4 Organic Grass-Fed Beef Filet Mignon.

Bison Jerky and Sausages

If you're looking for smaller gift ideas – something to stick in stockings or something to bring along as a host gift – this section may be for you!

https://www.nebraskabison.com/collections/bison-buffalo-jerky
Jerky and Summer Sausage can be ordered by the package, meaning you can add just one to an order if that's all you need, or you can add any number you like. Unlike our steaks, these do not have to be purchased in a specific quantity.

Here's why people love our jerky and summer sausages:
  • No MSG
  • No added nitrates or nitrites
  • Easy snacking -- no cooking required!
  • Great package sizes: 2 oz. Jerky packages & 8 oz. Summer Sausage rolls
  • Delicious bison taste!
Our Bison Jerky comes in two options: Smoked Bison Jerky (chopped & formed style): less tough/chewy, slightly fattier; or Smoked Bison Cowboy Jerky (whole muscle strip style): spicier flavor, more traditional jerky style.

Our Bison Summer Sausage comes in two flavors as well: Plain / Original and Jalapeno/Cheddar.

More Bison Steaks

If you like the idea of sending someone you love steaks, but are looking for a lower price point, or perhaps want to add a few steaks along with some other great items, I would like to point you in the direction of our Bison Flat Iron Steak.  It is cut from an area near the tenderloin so it is a wonderfully tender and flavorful steak, but with a significantly lower price point. Here's some bullet points about it:
  • 8 oz. steak size – 4 steaks per box.
  • $59 + shipping
  • 7g fat and 48g protein / steak
We also offer Bison Flank Steaks which come 2/box instead of the usual 4. This can also be a good choice for a steak to send along with other items for more variety. 

Apart from the steaks mentioned above, we have lots of other cuts of steaks and steak packages available as well, including:
  • Bison NY Strips
  • Bison Ribeyes
  • Bison Top Sirloin
  • Bone-In Bison Ribeye
You can view our full selection of bison steaks here.

Prime Bison Roasts

https://www.nebraskabison.com/products/buffalo-bison-prime-rib-roastThe Bison Prime Rib is exceedingly popular this time of year. This 4 lb. boneless Prime Rib Roast makes an excellent gift or a perfect main course for holiday meals.

Here's what previous customers have said about our Bison Prime Rib:
  • "This is by far the best cut of meat I have ever had. Compared to Waygu Beef and other Prime cuts, this is far superior and better for you. I highly recommend following the low and slow cooking method described by Nebraska Bison. It produces the best tasting, juiciest, most tender meat ever. We have it every Christmas and getting nothing but rave reviews from the family. Highly recommend both the Prime Rib and Nebraska Bison. Great meat from a great company!" - Mike C.
  • "We ordered one for our Anniversary this past August, and it was VERY good. My wife and son had never had Bison steak, so this was the perfect introduction. They can't wait until I surprise them again. Oh, and when I called to settle my concerns with shipping such a long way, I talked to the nicest people you could ask for. It was packaged perfectly and arrived in Florida in "Prime" condition. Yes, I will order from them again. This is a 5 Star Product, and a 5 Star Company." - Charles J. 
If the Prime Rib isn't quite your style, we also offer Whole Bison Tenderloins, Bison Briskets and Bison Pot Roasts.  

Don't forget the pups!

We also offer Smoked Bison Femur Bones for Dogs. Be sure to add one into your order for the furry family member!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Hot Stocking Stuffer for 2016: Foodies, Meat Lovers & Health Food Enthusiasts

The Christmas season is a busy time for us here at NebraskaBison.com. Each year we've had our virtual doors open, we've always sent out a large number of orders in the months or November and December. We send out many orders this time of year as gifts on behalf of loved ones who live far away and we send out lots of prime cuts to serve as the main course of Christmas and New Year's dinners across the country – an honor which we do not take lightly.

If you're looking for easy Christmas gift ideas to send, let me quickly point you in the direction of our Gift Guide, which will hopefully help you find what you're looking for within our collection of premium steaks, roasts and oh so much more!


Smoked Bison Jerky – Great for Gifts

If you're looking for some smaller ideas for colleagues, employees, friends, stocking stuffers or the like, I'd like to tell you a little more about our popular bison jerky and why it makes such a great gift for meat lovers, foodies and healthy eaters!

Currently, we have two jerky options available: Our Smoked Bison Jerky (chopped & formed) and our Smoked Bison Cowboy Jerky (traditional). 

Bison Jerky Gifts – Why the Meat Lover will Love It

Meat Lovers will love our Smoked Bison Jerky products for the great taste! Bison has a strong, beefy flavor, but slightly sweeter. Our delicious smoked recipes highlight the flavor of bison without over powering it and stays light on added salt and sugar. In fact, there's so little sugar in our recipes that it registers as 0g in the nutrition facts.

Each package of jerky contains 16g of protein (Smoked Bison Jerky) or 26g of protein (Smoked Bison Cowboy Jerky).

Bison Jerky Gifts – Why the Foodies will Love It

Foodies will love the great meaty taste, but I expect they'll also appreciate a few of the things that make our jerky unique. Bison has a distinctive (slightly sweet) flavor. While bison is growing wildly in popularity, it can still be difficult to track down on a regular basis and is still considered a novelty item. After all, more beef cattle are processed in a single day, then bison are in the entire year.

https://www.nebraskabison.com/collections/bison-buffalo-jerkyOur bison jerky recipes are carefully crafted to maximize flavor while containing No MSG and no Added Nitrates. Bison Meat itself appeals to those who appreciate naturally raised foods, as it is illegal to use growth hormones and steroids in bison. Bison are raised free-roaming/grazing on ranches for the majority of their lives.


Plus -- it's low in fat! Just 12g of fat per package in the Smoked Bison Jerky and only 2g of fat in the Smoked Bison Cowboy Jerky!

Bison Jerky Gifts – Why Healthy Eaters will Love It

Bison is one of the healthiest red meats available. It is incredibly lean – low in fat, calories and cholesterol. Part of this is due to the way they are raised, part of it is due to the physical make-up of bison. (They are incredibly muscular, not fatty, animals!)

As mentioned earlier, our Smoked Bison Cowboy Jerky has only 2g of fat in the entire package! Additionally, in this 2 oz. package, there are only 140 calories.

Smoked Bison Jerky vs. Smoked Bison Cowboy Jerky: Which should I choose? 

Each of our jerky products are popular and delicious, but they do have a few main differences.

  • Texture: The Smoked Bison Jerky (chopped & formed style) is going to be slightly less tough then the traditional Smoked Bison Cowboy Jerky, which is a whole muscle strip jerky.  
  • Flavor: Our Cowboy Style Jerky has a spicier taste and flavor. If you're looking for an extra kick, this is the way to go!
  • Fat Content: The Chopped & Formed Style jerky is made using a fattier part of the meat. Although still quite lean, it will have a little extra fat content than the Cowboy Style Jerky. 

Or... you don't have to choose! With our Bison Jerky Gift Pack, you get 3 packages of both types!


Choosing the Main Course for your Holiday Meals

The Big Three: Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Dinners

Whatever your traditions are throughout the final months of each year, I think one thing that we all share is that sometime over the months of November and December, we all gather with family or friends for a special meal -- or in some cases, perhaps, many.

In my family, deciding what is on the menu for Christmas dinner is a democratic process. My mom shoots us all an email (usually before any of the rest of us are even thinking Christmas yet) asking what we want for Christmas dinner. It's usually something non-traditional, usually an enormous feast, and always delicious.

Ranch owners, Randy and Jane, have a more solid tradition and each Christmas, they enjoy a Bison Prime Rib among their family.

Whatever your traditions are, if you find yourself in a spot wondering what you'll be serving for a family dinner this holiday season, I've put together a little guide to give you some information and ideas. We have some lovely cuts available that are perfect for special occasion dinners and I've outlined a few of them below.

Order Early for Less Stress!

Keep in mind we're recommending placing your order by the following dates for on-time delivery. However, we always recommend ordering early to make sure you get the cuts you want. November and December are busy months for us and we do sometimes run out of some of our most popular items!

Thanksgiving Delivery: Order by Nov. 14, 2016
Christmas Delivery: Order by Dec. 19, 2016
New Years Delivery: Order by Dec. 26, 2016

Bison Tenderloin

This year we've brought a new item on-board to our menu, just in time for the holidays! A Whole Bison Tenderloin is the epitome of top quality. This 3.5 lb. tenderloin, can be roasted whole and served as a roast or it can be sliced into tenderloin steaks of your desired thickness.

The tenderloin is incredibly lean with awesome flavor and, of course, amazing tenderness. It will truly be the hit of the meal. However, this item is extremely limited in availability this season and will go fast. If you're hoping to serve your family our Bison Tenderloin anytime this holiday season, we recommend getting your order in sooner than later!
  • 3.5 lb. roast
  • serve as roast or cut into steaks
  • $185 + shipping
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Bison Prime Rib Roast

The Bison Prime Rib Roast has been an incredibly popular choice among our customers each year we've had it available – and for good reason!

https://www.nebraskabison.com/products/buffalo-bison-prime-rib-roast
This perfectly tender 4 lb. roast is incredibly easy to cook (we even offer an easy video tutorial) and gives you a slice of bison meat with wonderfully delicious flavor. Just check out the reviews on this product page to see how much previous customers have enjoyed it!
  • 4 lb. roast
  • boneless
  • easy to prepare/cook
  • $149 + shipping
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Bison Brisket

If you're a little put off by the price tags of the Prime Rib and the Whole Tenderloin, (or if you have a bit of a larger party) but are still looking for a lean and tasty roast to serve this winter, the Brisket may just be what you want!

This 5 lb. Brisket should be slow cooked (or smoked) and will give you quite a treat in taste and tenderness. We have a couple of recommendations on cooking the brisket, which you can see here and here.

Other Ideas

Those are the top three most popular "special meal" items we have available. However, if those don't quite fit the bill for what your family is looking for, we've got tons of other options as well (including some options in Elk Meat and Organic, Grass-Fed Beef. Visit our website to shop our full catalog of steaks, roasts, ribs and more to find the perfect meat to headline your holiday dinners!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Holiday Parties & Host Gifts - Easy and Unique: Bison Summer Sausage

Summer Sausage is synonymous with holiday get-togethers and parties. It's easy to prepare and it makes great, easy gifts. But did you know that you can up your game with a delicious, all natural and unique kind of summer sausage? That's right! Here at NebraskaBison.com, we've got two tasty flavors of BISON Summer Sausage - and it's now available individually by the 8 oz. roll!

NebraskaBison.com Summer Sausages: Jalapeno Cheddar & Plain.

Jalapeno Cheddar Bison Summer Sausage

Our Jalapeno Cheddar Bison Summer Sausage adds a little extra flavor and kick to the taste of bison in this sausage. Made up in an 8 oz roll, this sausage has quickly become quite popular among our farmers market following.

Jalapeno / Cheddar Summer Sausage Ingredients: Bison, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Proccessed Cheddar Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes) Water, Cream, Sodium Phosphates, Salt, Vegetable Color, Enzymes, Powdered Cellulose Potassium Sorbate, Natamycin), Water, Salt, Pepper, Sugar, Jalapeno Flakes, Celery Juice Powder, Lactic Acid Starter Culture

Plain Bison Summer Sausage

The plain version of our bison summer sausage is equally (if not more so) popular as the jalapeno cheddar, providing a milder version which truly allows the bison flavor to shine.

Plain Summer Sausage Ingredients: Bison, Water, Salt, Pepper, Sugar, Mustard Seed, Celery Juice Powder, Lactic Acid Starter Culture

Highlights of the Bison Summer Sausages:

  • Like all of our other bison products, our summer sausage contains ONLY bison meat. No other meats or fats are added. The only ingredients we use are bison and seasonings (plus cheese in the Jalapeno Cheddar version, of course.)
  • We don't use nitrates.
  • We don't use MSG.

Because of the lack of preservatives, the summer sausage must be frozen or refrigerated until you serve it. It is however fully cooked, so all that you need to do is remove the casing and slice.

Shop Bison Summer Sausage here.

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