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New to Reindeer Meat? Here’s the 411:
It’s safe to say that reindeer meat is an exotic one to say the least, which is why it is resides in the “Exotic Meats” section of our online store. You may be familiar with comparable game such as venison and bison, but perhaps have not yet had the luxury of tasting the meat of a reindeer. To get you in the spirit of giving this delectable protein a try, we’re here to tell you what you need to know.
Reindeer, also known as caribou, are native to Canada, Greenland, northern Europe, northern Asia, and of course Alaska, where they reside in in mountainous, forested, and continental-to-arctic habitats. Commonplace in Scandinavian cuisine as well as a traditional Alaskan delicacy, reindeer meat dances on the tongue with bold flavors and nutritional value to boot. These beautiful creatures – like other wild game mammals like deer, elk, and moose – are built with incredibly lean muscle, giving their meat the rich red meat flavor without all the saturated fat. For this reason, our reindeer sausage is mixed with beef and pork to keep the product sufficiently moist overall due to the lean nature of reindeer meat. This lack of fat in relation to muscle tissue is one of the qualities that lends to its distinctive flavor, which is often described as less “gamey” and tough than expected, especially compared to venison. People describe the taste as unique, yet not off-putting the way other gamey meats can be. You can experience this desirable flavor directly in our Alaskan reindeer medallions, which are tender cuts of reindeer wrapped in bacon.
Finally, a delicious meat that is exceptionally healthy to incorporate into your diet! Being low in saturated fats isn’t the only thing that puts reindeer meat on the map health-wise. It is commonly claimed to be “as healthy as fish” because of its abundance of essential fatty acids similar to that contained by seafood. Reindeer meat is also especially rich in vitamin B12, selenium, zinc, niacin and iron – all staple nutrients found in fish. This primal, culturally significant dish is waiting to make itself a part of your diet!
Give our reindeer products a try by ordering here. We hope the flavor experience is as exhilarating for you as it is for us and many of our customers!