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Yoga Korunta

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12 September 2006

Tuesday's Word: venison

Venison is the term for the meat of deer, moose, elk, caribou, and antelope. Venison may be eaten as steaks, roasts, sausages and ground meat. Organ meats are sometimes eaten, but would not be called venison; rather, they are called humble, as in the phrase "humble pie." Venison is lower in calories, cholesterol and fat than most cuts of beef, pork, or lamb.

Venison has enjoyed a rise in popularity in recent years, owing to the meat's lower fat content. In many areas this increased demand has led to a rise in the number of deer farms. What was once considered a meat for unsophisticated rural dwellers has become as exotic as ostrich meat to urbanites. Venison jerky can be purchased in such grocery stores as Trader Joe's, ordered online, and is served on some inflights of Alaska Airlines in first class. Venison burgers are typically so lean as to require the addition of fat in the form of bacon, olive oil or cheese, or blending with beef, to achieve parity with hamburger cooking time, mouth-feel, and taste. Some deer breeders have expressed an interest in breeding for a fatter animal that displays more marbling in the meat.

Since it is unknown whether Chronic Wasting Disease, a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy among deer (similar to Mad Cow Disease), can pass from deer to humans through the consumption of venison, there have been some fears of contamination of the food supply [1]. No known cases of the disease have occurred in deer farms in the United States or Canada, but European farms in Scandinavia may have had several cases. Farmers now have had tests developed especially for the particular species they raise to obtain better results than those used on cattle.



Blogger catherine belle said...

Thanks for humoring me! How about "inspiration" as your next word?

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

You're welcome, Catherine!

Blogger barbie2be said...

um.... EIW!

Chronic Wasting Disease: reason enough to NOT eat bambi.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Barbie, fear not! I'll protect you from CWD!

Blogger barbie2be said...

ok, you can eat my venison. i'll stick to beef! i AM a carnivore after all.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Carnivores must stick together, Barbie!

Catherine mentioned this week's Word after she tagged a deer with her car. They are terribly overpopulated in Ohio. The streets aren't safe when they are in rut as their natural habitat is being razed in the name of progress. Each year many deer are killed when they run in front of vehicles. It would be nice to think they die quickly, but many are only wounded. The deer can also crash through a windshield and land on the driver. I have hit two deer and narrowly missed several others.

Blogger barbie2be said...

i hit a dear once near my sister's place in oregon. or rather, i ran over its head. it ran across the highway in front of me and was hit by a truck going the other direction and fell into my lane. then i slid off the roadway into a ditch and completely ruined the paint on the entire passenger side of my three week old car. but at least my sister and i were unhurt.

Blogger catherine belle said...

I ended up ok as well, just scared beyond belief. I saw the deer, tried to swerve, closed my eyes, and screamed. The damage wasn't too bad, but I still had deer hair in the front end of my car! The funny thing is, I was most afraid of not being found if I did get in a serious wreck. I was by myself in the middle of nowhere. Needless to say, I kept driving since my car was still working after I hit the deer. Being stranded is and probably will be my worst fear!

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Barbie and Catherine, you were both lucky! The deer could have broken through the windshield. If it does, get out! They can kick lethally.

If you hit another deer I'll dress it for you. We could enjoy roast venison!

Blogger barbie2be said...

i'm going to have to pass on that kind off, david... just the thought of venison gags me. :(

when i was a kid we were REALLY poor. my dad had some friends that were hunters and they were always bringing us venison roasts or steaks... my dad hated it but my mother loved it so she would cook it and tell him that it was beef.... of course she did the same thing to me with liver.

i don't eat that either.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Liver is just wrong. I wouldn't make a dog eat liver, not even Cave Dog!

Blogger barbie2be said...

liver is VILE! i wouldn't eat liver if it were covered in the best chocolate in the world.


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