New in the Marktet: High Plains Bison

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on February 7, 2011 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great and become staples in our kitchen. Others don’t measure up. See what you think.

High Plains Bison products come from humanely raised, American bison grown without hormones or antibiotics. Bison products like hot dogs, sausages, prepared chili and shredded barbecued bison are free of fillers, preservatives, nitrates and MSG. Traditional meat cuts — steaks, roasts, tenderloin tips and ground bison — are also available. Bison is lower in fat and cholesterol than similar cuts of beef making it a lean, healthy protein source.

We tried bison hot dogs and sausages and found both excellent. The hot dogs were tasty and meaty. The sausages tended to get a little tough when cooked in sauce due partly to the lower fat content. We let beef-eating carnivores try bison steaks and their rating was “awesome.”

We also learned that bison and buffalo are not the same, though in the US the terms are used interchangeably. Bison are native of North America with a large shoulder hump and massive head. The buffalo is a native of Asia (water buffalo) or Africa (Cape buffalo). Next time you order a buffalo burger, you’ll probably be eating a bison burger instead. The term buffalo, however, is so ingrained in US history that the American Bison Association deems it an acceptable synonym for bison.

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