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cooking tips

While bison in similar to beef in flavor, it has far less fat, so it needs different preparation to achieve the best results. Specific techniques vary by cut, but here are some general guidelines:

1/3 the time

In general bison requires about a 1/3 less cooking time than beef however you don't want to rush it. Cooking bison for longer time over a lower temperature is ideal for maintaining its moist and tender texture.

1/3 the heat

Like beef, bison is best enjoyed rare to medium-rare, but it requires about a 1/3 less heat to cook. Because bison is such a dense protein, even those who normally order beef well done will enjoy a medium-rare bison.

let it rest

Let your bison rest after cooking, anywhere from 5 to 20 mins depending on the cut. Cutting too soon will allow the juices to run out. When done, bison is a different color than beef. Trust your meat thermometer, not your eyes.

thawing instructions

For best results thaw meat slowly.


Place vacuum-sealed package on a plate in the fridge. Meat will thaw completely within 1 to 2 days.

Place vacuum-sealed package in a bowl in the sink. Run cold water over it until completely thawed. Do not use warm or hot water, this will start cooking the meat prematurely and may affect its texture.

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