American Bison Meatloaf
Eating healthier for our family meant finding alternative protein sources that were more nutritious and free of chemicals and hormones. This included switching over to grass-fed, and wild caught meats and Bison. The beautiful ground Bison makes perfect meatloaf. The words Bison and Buffalo are used interchangeably in the industry.
There are so many benefits to eating bison.
Bison are handled as little as possible. They spend their lives on grass, much as they always have, with very little time in the feedlot. They are not subjected to questionable drugs, chemicals or hormones. The members of the National Bison Association feel so strongly about this that they have a resolution opposing the use of these substances in the production of Bison for meat.
Research by Dr. M. Marchello at North Dakota State University has shown that the meat from Bison is a highly nutrient dense food because of the proportion of protein, fat, mineral, and fatty acids to its caloric value.
Comparisons to other meat sources have also shown that Bison has a greater concentration of iron as well as some of the essential fatty acids necessary for human well-being. Readers’ Digest magazine has even listed bison as one of the five foods women should eat because of the high iron content.
People are rapidly discovering the deliciously healthy taste of bison / buffalo. Buffalo meat tastes like fine beef, with just a slightly sweeter and richer flavor. Bison is naturally flavorful and tender and can be prepared much the same as beef. Publications are heralding bison as the meat of the future. There is no gamey taste, it is in my opinion, a more flavorful version of the way beef tastes.
Bison falls into the gourmet or specialty meat category at your supermarket or meat market. The value of buffalo is not what you pay, but what you get in return. Nutritionally you are getting more protein and nutrients with fewer calories and less fat. Buffalo is a dense meat that tends to satisfy you more while eating less.
This brings me to the reason for this post, my version of American Bison Meatloaf.