Disguising the taste of venison

This article is for the hunters out there that have a wife or significant other that "think" they don't like the taste of venison.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in this boat.  However, if you can get your loved ones to try venison, there are a few things you can do to disguise the taste.

The first tip you can do to disguise the taste of venison starts at the butchering stage.  Adding pork fat or regular hamburger in with the venison will cut down on the venison taste.  Another option that is not that common is to add turkey burger.

Most people probably don't think of adding turkey burger but it makes sense.  Most argue that turkey burger is better for you than regular burger anyhow so why not add it to venison instead of beef.  I am not a fan of "cutting" my venison but I would probably go this route if I ever did.

Why am I not a fan of "cutting" my venison?  There are two reasons.  My daughter and I like the taste of venison so it would be a waste of money for me to pay extra to disguise the taste.  We are usually the only ones eating it anyhow.

The second reason is that it is just as simple to get the same results at home.  If my wife is ever eating a venison dish with us, we simply make a double batch and add one pound of venison and one pound of turkey burger. 

The next option to disguise the taste of venison is to use a sauce as a cover.  To do this, simply brown the venison in a pan and then add your sauce of choice.  Tomato sauce works the best but a sloppy joe or taco mix also will do the trick.   

If you are making tacos or chili, try adding the taco seasoning or chili powder as you are browning the meat.  To do this, add a little water plus the seasoning to the meat and cook until the meat is cooked through.  This will cut down on the venison taste and will make excellent chili or tacos.

Venison tacos

Sneaky venison lovers have been know to substitute venison instead of beef in spaghetti sauce and then serve to unsuspecting family members.  Most of the time, they cannot even tell the difference.  However, make sure you don't have a secret detective as a wife like I do.  If your secret is exposed, it doesn't usually go over that well.

Marinading your venison over night will also help disguise the taste.  You can try this with any of the steak cuts or even with the burger.  A simple marinade that goes great with venison is balsamic vinaigrette.

If you want to cut down on the balsamic vinaigrette you can make a 50/50 mixture with the other half being water.  Throw in a shot of soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce and you won't know the difference.

To marinade with balsamic vinaigrette, simply fill up a bowl with venison and add the mixture until it covers the meat.  Shake the container and let sit over-night for 24 hours.  When you cook the meat, always remember to throw out the remaining mixture to avoid food contamination.

Try these tips the next time you are cooking venison.  Hopefully they will help you win over the non-venison eater in your household.  Also, feel free to comment if you have any other suggestions on disguising the taste of venison or if these tips worked for you.

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