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Source: Grassfed cooking tips from the Carrells (Entered by Closed Account)
Thinking about trying water buffalo but not sure how to cook it? Wondering if you will like it? Here’s a few tips on how we prepare our burgers so you may enjoy them as much as we do. First, we do not mix our meat with any binders, spice mixes, other fats, or other types of meats — this meat has plenty of good red meat flavor on its own, without being gamey! We simply use a sprinkle of Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning. Sometimes we melt a slice of smoked gouda on top or some sauted spinach with feta cheese. There’s many ways to enjoy water buffalo meat, the most important thing is how you cook it. Water buffalo meat is leaner than beef, but not as lean as bison. If you are familiar with cooking 100% grassfed meats or bison, you’ll be fine cooking water buffalo. 100% grassfed meats have the appropriate heart-healthy omega 6 to 3 ratio. The higher level of omega 3 content causes the meat to cook at a lower melting point. Cooking at medium heat for 1/3 to 1/2 less time than regular commercial beef is what you should keep in mind. Treat it like cooking a steak — take it off the heat at rare or medium rare (a little bit of red liquid still oozing) and allow it to rest for 5 or 10 minutes. It will continue cooking for another 10 degrees and will be medium rare or medium when it’s time to eat. Medium is the new well done when it comes to grassfed! If it cooks past medium it will become dry and the texture will change. Enjoy with your favorite condiments and toppings, if desired.
Step by Step Instructions
- Heat pan or grill to medium heat. Use a small amount of oil if using a pan.
- Place burger patties in pan or on grill and cook until rare for medium rare burgers or to medium rare for medium burgers.
- Remove from pan or grill and rest for 5-10 minutes on a dish, covered. It is fine to go ahead and place them in a bun while resting. Eat with your favorite condiments, if desired.
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