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10 Things you Might Not Know About Bison Meat

If you've just recently been introduced to bison meat, you might have some questions. After several years of running an online bison meat store and hosting booths at events and farmers' markets, I've compiled a list of 10 things you might not know about bison meat to answer some of those questions. If you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask!

10 things you might not know about bison meat

1. Bison meat is low in fat. In a 3.5 oz. serving of cooked meat you will find just 2.42 g. of fat. (Source: National Bison Association)

2. However, in that same serving of bison, you will find 28.44 g. of protein! (Source: National Bison Association)

3. Bison can be cooked in all the same ways as beef, but the key is LOW and SLOW. Due to its incredible leanness, bison will cook much faster.

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4. You shouldn't cook bison past medium doneness. Medium or medium rare is best. If you cook it to well done, your bison meat will be tough and chewy rather than tender and juicy.

5. Bison are raised responsibly–without the use of steroids, hormones or antibiotics, keeping their meat all natural. Many producers go even farther and promise humanely raised, minimally handled herds.

6. "Bison Meat" is just another way of saying "Buffalo Meat." Although, buffalo are a different species completely, American Bison are commonly referred to as "buffalo" in North America.

7. While at one point bison came to the brink of extinction, bison are now thriving in North America, numbering almost 500,000. Responsible and passionate ranchers saved the species, and with the recent growth of interest in bison meat, more ranchers than ever are helping to grow the bison herds in America. (Source: National Bison Association)

8. The American Heart Association lists bison meat (buffalo meat) among their recommended lean meats. (Source:

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9. Bison meat comes in most of the same cuts you are already familiar with such as Filet Mignon, Ribeye, NY Strip, Short Ribs, Roasts, Top Sirloin, Ground, etc.

10. The best part: You don't have to visit Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming or Colorado for a delicious bison steak. You can have bison meat shipped directly to your front door!


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