by Brooke Tolman
(last updated November 10, 2014)
Despite tasting just as good as beef, buffalo meat and beef are on two whole different nutrition levels. Buffalo meat is WAY better for you. It's been recommended by doctors as a "diet" food because of its nutritional value. Being lower in cholesterol and calories yet higher in iron and protein makes buffalo a perfect beef substitution for the health-conscious, or those on restricted red meat diets. In fact, buffalo has less cholesterol than chicken with the skin removed and even most fish!
Unlike most cows, buffalo aren't given the hormones and antibiotics' meaning their meat is a lot more natural than beef is. While cows are kept in pens and fed by a machine, buffalo are given opportunity to graze and eat real grass. Their diet is a lot more natural and not as structured as cows. This is what helps contribute to its healthier content.
Despite being similar in taste to beef, when being prepared, it needs to be handled differently. If you want to make a buffalo roast, the best temperature to put your oven on is 275 degrees and make sure to use a meat thermometer because buffalo cooks more quickly than beef does. If you want to grill your buffalo, don't put it on the flame! The best grilling technique is the indirect method. Once again, make sure to use your meat thermometer. If you want to cook it in the crock-pot, very slow, moist heat works best with the less tender cuts of meat. Let it cook all day or all night and you won't have to worry about your meat drying out.
Buffalo is a gourmet or specialty meat. It's not easy to find at the grocery store, the best place to buy it is probably online and have it shipped over night. While that can be a bit more expensive than buying average beef, the value of what you pay for it is what you get in return. It's worth every penny. Nutritionally you're getting more protein and nutrients with fewer calories and less fat. Buffalo is a dense meat that tends to satisfy more while eating less.
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