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Taste test OT heck I

Its lengthy but pretty true......

The Taste Controversy Ends ...............THE VERDICT IS IN:

United States Venison Council Controversy has long raged about the
relative quality
and taste of venison and beef as gourmet foods. Some people say that
venison is tough,
with a strong "wild" taste. Others insist that its flavor is delicate.

An independent food research group was retained by the Venison Council
to conduct
a taste test to determine the truth of these conflicting assertions.

First a grade-A-choice Holstein steer was chased into a swamp a mile
and a half from
the nearest road and shot several times. After some of the entrails were
removed, the
carcass was 'drug' over rocks and logs, and through mud and dust, then
thrown into the
back of a ! pickup truck and transported through rain and snow for 100
miles before
being hung out in the sun for 10 days.

After that it was lugged into the garage, where it was skinned and
rolled around on the
floor for a while. Strict sanitary precautions were observed throughout
this test, within the
limitations of the butchering environment. For instance, dogs and cats
were allowed to
sniff the steer carcass, but were chased out of the garage if they
attempted to lick the
carcass or bite hunks out of it. Next a sheet of plywood left from last
years butchering
was set up in the basement on 2 saw horses. The pieces of dried blood,
meat, and fat left
from last year were scraped off with a wire brush last used to clean out
the dry grass
stuck under the lawnmower.

The skinned carcass was then dragged down the steps into the basement,
and a half
dozen inexperienced but enthusiastic people worked on it with meat saws,
cleavers and
dull knives. The result was 375 pounds of soup bones, four bushel
baskets of meat
scraps, and a couple of steaks that were an eighth of an inch thick on
one edge and an
inch and a half thick on the other.

The steaks were seared on a glowing red cast iron frying pan, to lock
in the flavor.
When the smoke cleared, rancid bacon grease was added along with three
pounds of
onions, and the whole conglomeration was fried for 2 hours. The meat was
gently teased
from the frying pan and served to 3 blindfolded taste panel volunteers.

Every one of the members of the panel thought it was venison. One of
the volunteers
even said it tasted exactly like the venison he had eaten at hunting
camps for the last 27
years. The results of this trial show conclusively that there is no
difference between the
taste of beef and venison.
There, aren't you glad?
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