3 Healthy Spices to Add when Cooking Venison

While you may have seen it in your grocery store, chances are you don’t have the first idea what to do when it comes to cooking venison. By using some common spices, you can make a meal that is not only delicious, but also much healthier than beef, chicken or pork. Try it out today.

1. Garlic

Garlic is one of the healthiest spices that you can add to venison during cooking. Garlic has been found to have a number of various health benefits, including being effective in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, yeast infections and other serious conditions. For best results, use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. Fresh garlic can be found at most grocery stores in the produce section. To use garlic properly, start by selecting a bulb that has papery skin, and appears firm to the touch. Remove the papery exterior of the garlic, and chop the remains using a very sharp chef’s knife. Rub the minced garlic on the exterior of the venison, or add to casseroles, soups or stews in which venison is used. In addition, garlic can be roasted in the oven or on the stove top. This makes the garlic softer, and allows it to be combined with other ingredients into a paste. Roasting garlic imparts a great, smoky flavor that is difficult to achieve with plain garlic.

2. Basil

Like garlic, basil has also been found to have a number of health benefits. Mainly, basil has been found to be effective in the treatment and prevention of arteriosclerosis. Basil has large, broad, dark green leaves that can be found in both the fresh and dried forms at most grocery stores. While basil can be used in a number of different ways, it is most commonly used in the creation of pesto. Pesto is a great sauce that can be used on top of steaks, as a rub or in other manners. To use basil to create pesto, start by purchasing several large basil leaves. Place the basil into a food processor along with Parmesan cheese, and enough olive oil to wet the other ingredients. Chop thoroughly, and use on the meat.

3. Ginger and Cinnamon

For something different, try ginger and/or cinnamon when cooking venison. While these spices are most often used in baking, they can also produce great results with meat. Ginger and cinnamon taste best in their fresh form. Look for them in your local grocery store in the produce section. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skins of both ginger and cinnamon. Grate the spices over raw venison, and bake, grill or cook as desired. You will be amazed at how these spices can positively affect the taste of your venison.



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