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Bison at Wal-Mart!


While doing my grocery shopping this morning I noticed Wal-Mart now carries ground bison and bison steaks! For those of you that haven’t tried it, it is very flavorful. Once you get used to it, it is tough to go back to only beef.

On the package it says that it is ‘grain fed’. The buffalo I normally get from Lonely Prairie Bison is grass fed but does not taste any different than this grain fed bison. Does anyone know how they finish the buffalo compared to beef?

I thought the whole point of getting bison meat was because the animals were grass fed.

Cow hasn’t done anything to deserve my absence from its side

Miserere, some sources for bison are finished on grain; some are grass fed and grass “finished.” It pays to ask questions.

One of the advantages of bison meat over beef is that it is lower in fat and higher in selenium. Of course there’s always the taste preference thing. (grin)

[quote]duece wrote:

On the package it says that it is ‘grain fed’. The buffalo I normally get from Lonely Prairie Bison is grass fed but does not taste any different than this grain fed bison. Does anyone know how they finish the buffalo compared to beef? [/quote]
sorry to say but essentially its now due to the way raised/fed etc an over priced hairy cow

Phill

haha this makes me want to try bison really bad. i just went to wal-mart last night, i wish i read this sooner :frowning:

It reminds of finding kangaroo meat recently in our local supermarket. I thought it was usually a gourmet type of meat, but there it was tucked in the corner next to the beef… tastes great. Bison sounds even better.

MMM Bison…

[quote]Tampa-Terry wrote:
Miserere, some sources for bison are finished on grain; some are grass fed and grass “finished.” It pays to ask questions.[/quote]

I know they can be finished differently (which will affect the price), but the OP seemed to be implying that the bison were 100% grain fed. I wouldn’t mind introducing some grain-finished bison in my diet, but if they’re going to be grain fed all the way, then I’ll stick with beef (for economic reasons).

So to the OP: Is this bison grain fed, or grain finished?

[quote]Miserere wrote:
Tampa-Terry wrote:
Miserere, some sources for bison are finished on grain; some are grass fed and grass “finished.” It pays to ask questions.

I know they can be finished differently (which will affect the price), but the OP seemed to be implying that the bison were 100% grain fed. I wouldn’t mind introducing some grain-finished bison in my diet, but if they’re going to be grain fed all the way, then I’ll stick with beef (for economic reasons).

So to the OP: Is this bison grain fed, or grain finished?[/quote]

From their website www.ndnatural.com

What makes TenderBison all-natural?

All TenderBison? products are allnatural: they come from premium grade, ranch-raised, grain-finished bison. Our bison are source verified, and tested by the USDA to be free of growth hormones and stimulants. No animal byproducts are ever fed to bison.

As for the price part. It is 4.98 a pound at Wat-Mart so it is an extra couple bucks a week to substitute it for some of my beef.

Regardless of nutrition, I found bison cooks up drier than beef. I’ll keep my ground sirloin, thanks.

Good looking out. And when properly seasoned, Bison is very tasty. I am going to go pick some up.

i remember trying bison for the first time about ten years ago or so. it is pretty good. it is a bit dry compared to beef, but then, that was the real grain fed stuff.

i have hunted all my life however, and stock a freezer full of deer, ducks and other birds depending on the success of the season to eat through out the year; so i’m used to the gamy tastes and dry texture of super lean meat.

i would imagine that the bison at walmart is no different than beef in taste or health benefits. it’s a shame when large companies bastardize a product by playing up it’s existing reputation while changing the content that makes it what it is. i’m almost ashamed to be a marketing student. (until the pay checks come in anyways. haha)

[quote]duece wrote:
From their website www.ndnatural.com

What makes TenderBison all-natural?

All TenderBison? products are allnatural: they come from premium grade, ranch-raised, grain-finished bison. Our bison are source verified, and tested by the USDA to be free of growth hormones and stimulants. No animal byproducts are ever fed to bison.

As for the price part. It is 4.98 a pound at Wat-Mart so it is an extra couple bucks a week to substitute it for some of my beef.[/quote]

Thanks for that!

My local supermarket is carrying bison, although I think it’s a different brand. I’m going to pick some up and try it.

[quote]Ghost22 wrote:
Regardless of nutrition, I found bison cooks up drier than beef. I’ll keep my ground sirloin, thanks. [/quote]

Bison definitely cooks up drier than beef which makes bison burgers a little difficult to grill (they don’t stay together as well as beef) but bison still tastes delicious in my opinion

[quote]Ghost22 wrote:
Regardless of nutrition, I found bison cooks up drier than beef. I’ll keep my ground sirloin, thanks. [/quote]

If that’s the case, you are cooking it improperly. Do some research.

[quote]MBison wrote:
Ghost22 wrote:
Regardless of nutrition, I found bison cooks up drier than beef. I’ll keep my ground sirloin, thanks.

Bison definitely cooks up drier than beef which makes bison burgers a little difficult to grill (they don’t stay together as well as beef) but bison still tastes delicious in my opinion[/quote]

mix an egg or two in the meat and then toss it on the grill.

Wegmans also carries Bison meat in a similar package, but blue (the package).

Carry the exact same thing at Albertson’s in NorCal.

[quote]CaliforniaLaw wrote:
Ghost22 wrote:
Regardless of nutrition, I found bison cooks up drier than beef. I’ll keep my ground sirloin, thanks.

If that’s the case, you are cooking it improperly. Do some research.[/quote]

no he’s not. bison does cook drier. if you took a pure bison patty and a pure beef patty, put them on the same grill and grilled them for the same amount of time, the bison definately comes out drier.

of course you can add ingredients to alter this, but he is right.

I prefer deer venison.