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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm planning my first grocery trip for tomorrow or Friday. I'm wondering from what I've read thus far, will I be able to plan adequate meals around the 100+ pounds of ground venison and store bought chicken and eggs? My husband is a hunter and I really don't want to buy beef when our freezer is full of venison. Will the venison be okay as our primary source of protein? It basically has 0 fat. I typically eat 2 or 3 eggs for breakfast and need to incorporate more protein sources into my lunches. I'm thinking tuna, sardines - simple foods. Venison burger and chicken for supper though - okay?

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    Venison is great. Just cook it in butter or lard to add fat. I have mine ground with beef fat added to make it 80% lean.

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    • #3
      Ground venison mixed with some ground bacon is delicious as burgers. Otherwise, just add fat to your meals as needed and venison is perfect.
      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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      • #4
        Most people would kill to get 100lbs of venison! Way better than the best grass-fed beef!

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        • #5
          I usually cut my ground venison with ground pork. i've made chili, stuffed acorn squash, tacos and more with the stuff. it has all turned out delicious! Good Luck

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          • #6
            MMMMMM you need to add some ground beef or fat to actualy get them to grill as burgers.... BUT my vote is go chili crazy

            And yes... I would kill for 100lbs of that stuff

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            • #7
              It has been said above, but adding lard, bacon/bacon fat, or ground beef/pork will all help make it last longer and easier to cook. Get online and look up recipes for Hamburger soup, chilli, tacos, taco salad, hamburger steaks, pizza with hamburger crust, spaghetti sauce (on spaghetti squash), meatloaf, etc. (Sorry, I would pass on some recipies but my wife is the chief cook and I am the chief bottle washer).

              We also use canned chicken & tuna to supplement the venison, beef and chicken in our freezer. It is a quick protein change and gives a little variety. Another thing we do with our venison is cook the roasts in a crock pot (due to lack of fat venison is dry) with onions, mushrooms, carrots, etc. It is good for the first meal, but because it is a little dry, we use the leftovers for french dip sandwiches (well PtP - Prior to Primal). Now we will chunk it up and put it on a salad as part of a chef salad. And if you have a bar-b-Que, I had backstrap once where the lady cooking it split the backstrap about half way through, added pork lard, wrapped with bacon and bar-b-qued it - it was awesome.

              Good luck and good hunting.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by otzi View Post
                Most people would kill to get 100lbs of venison! Way better than the best grass-fed beef!
                Some of us do

                Hunting for your own meat rocks!
                You'll never see the light if you're in someone else's shadow, or said another way, life is like a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes

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                • #9
                  Outside of the occasional beef steak (I am a sucker for a ribeye), ALL of our red meat is venison. I do buy pork or chicken a couple times a month, but most of our meals are venison.

                  This year we made most of our venison into ground. I have SO many recipes it works for, its easy. Taco salads/lettuce tacos, spaghetti, meatballs, stuffed peppers, meatloaf, lettuce burgers, goulash, and so on.

                  I made italian sausage as well, cutting it with a bit of pork butt. That will reduce my pork buying by a ton.

                  You may find 100lbs is not enough
                  Erin
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                  • #10
                    JimN - I'm going to tell my husband about making backstrap that way - sounds delicious!

                    I guess my questions was can I cook with venision. I know I can cook with venison. It has been our main meat source since we got married 6 years ago. I guess I was just wondering if it would be sufficient for primal, like am I missing something by NOT eating much beef. Based on these replies, I'd say we are good to go. I just need to get some new recipes to eliminate some not so good recipes, switch to using butter vs. EVOO for cooking.

                    Meadow - I know 100 pounds won't be enough with our 5 year old daughter's appetite and upcoming 8 month old boy. Plus, eating primal and planning the upcoming meals....no more "stretching" a pound of venison with carbs. However, I think I can with vegetables to make our meals more filling. This will definitely get interesting, but I'm sure we can do it. Thanks for all the recipe ideas and obviously many of you are using venison as your main primal meat.

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                    • #11
                      Mainer - I have to agree with you that hunting does rock! Now, I just have to get my hubby out there to kill some small game to give us more variety. I'm pretty sure me telling him to go hunting more will NOT be a downfall of going primal. I just can't wait to get out there myself after the kids get old enough to go out. Considering we already hunt for our food and I walk everywhere barefoot, I can't believe we haven't gone primal before now.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TradSimplicity View Post
                        Plus, eating primal and planning the upcoming meals....no more "stretching" a pound of venison with carbs. However, I think I can with vegetables to make our meals more filling.
                        I started making 2lb packages of ground meat after awhile, found 1lb like you said is just not enough when you don't cut it with 'carbs'. But I have also found I can add more veggies in here and there to bulk things up. Like my stuffed peppers recipe includes yellow squash, carrots, celery, fresh basil, and fresh spinach. When you dice everything up small, cook it down with the meat, even my veggie picky husband doesn't seem to notice. I have started shredding carrots and adding chopped spinach into our cajun meatloaf and meatballs too. Of course I make double and sometimes triple veggie sides.....not the hubbies preference, but it helps.
                        Erin
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                        • #13
                          Venison is my "grass fed" meat. Ok I guess it is acorn, browse and clover fed meat!

                          I use homemade ghee (from Kerry Gold Butter) to cook my deer in. My favorite way is to season it (backstrap) with some garlic salt, fresh ground BP, cumin, and chili powder. Sear it in a hot skillet with the ghee, then throw it in the oven to finish it. I take it to 120 degrees. Let it rest a few minutes. Then pour the ghee in the skillet over it, and sop it up with every piece!

                          This works great with wild ducks too!

                          Adding ghee or butter to ground venison also works well.

                          Very blessed to be Primal, and have access to an abundance of wild game. It does truly complete the Primal part for me.

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                          • #14
                            Next time you get a deer, save all the big leg bones for bone broth. I get the butcher to saw them into 1" lengths and freeze them in baggies with enough pieces for a good batch of broth. When I get ready to make broth, I put the bones in a roasting pan in the oven on 400 for about an hour, this gives them a good raosty flavor and loosens up the marrow. Then put the bones in a crockpot, cover with water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, salt/pepper/spice and cook on low for 24+ hours. Pour it in a pitcher and put in the fridge, next day, skim off the fat that hardens at the top and use the broth for soups, cooking, or just drink it by the cupful!

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