Looking for something a little different in the meat department this month? Why not give bison a try?
How does bison compare to beef?
Though in some respects, bison and beef are very similar (both are high-protein red meats with similar flavor), there are some stark differences in terms of their nutrition. One big difference is fat content. For example: three ounces of beef sirloin typically contains about 12 grams of fat, while the same cut of bison contains only about five grams. This difference in fat content means that bison have considerably fewer calories per ounce than beef (that same three ounces beef sirloin contains about 207 calories, while the bison contains about 145).
The other big nutritional difference is in iron content: on average, bison contains about twice the amount of iron compared to beef.
Like grass-fed beef, grass-fed bison gives additional nutritional benefits over grain-fed bison or beef; most notably, grass-fed meat has significantly more Omega-3 fatty acids, and healthful CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid).
Best ways to cook grass-fed bison
Because it has less fat, bison tends to be dry if it’s cooked past medium. It also tends to cook faster than beef, so watch it closely toensure it doesn’t become overcooked.
As with grass-fed beef (which is also lower in fat than conventionally raised beef), it’s generally recommended to cook bison either fast and hot (on a grill or very hot skillet), or low and slow (in a crockpot or dutch oven covered with liquid).
Where does our bison come from?
The bison you’ll find on our shelves all comes from Northstar Bison—a 1,200 acre family-owned ranch that straddles the Wisconsin and Minnesota border near Rice Lake. The ranch is Animal Welfare Approved, and the approximately 600 bison are grazed under Holistic Resource Management principals, and their slaughter is done in the field.