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Retail venison? Preferably not from overseas?

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Daniel Duane Jan 17, 2007 07:47 PM

Got a big dinner this weekend, hoping to cook a venison leg, and I'm wondering--is there a reasonably local source? Or do we have to buy stuff that's been on trans-oceanic jet planes?

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    Joan Kureczka RE: Daniel Duane Jan 17, 2007 07:58 PM

    I don't know the origin, but Golden Gate Meats at the Ferry Building has excellent venison steaks that aren't frozen.

    If you are objecting to the high cost/environmental cost of overseas shipment that's one thing. If you are concerned about overall quality though, New Zealand venison is definitely to be preferred, at least from a mad-cow-type "disease-free" status.

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      Daniel Duane RE: Joan Kureczka Jan 17, 2007 08:08 PM

      I guess it's both: I'm hoping to find venison raised in a wholesome way and not too absurdly far away.

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        SteveG RE: Joan Kureczka Oct 29, 2007 12:47 PM

        When we got venison loins from Golden Gate Meats, they were from New Zealand. I haven't ever seen venison available in San Francisco that wasn't a New Zealand product.

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        lgphil RE: Daniel Duane Jan 17, 2007 08:23 PM

        Los gatos Meats has what you are looking for.

        www.exoticmeats.com for on line purchases. They are based out of Seattle

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          Fine RE: Daniel Duane Jan 19, 2007 03:10 AM

          it's against federal law (unless there's been a change I don't know about) to sell any wild game in the US, so venison will be either imported or raised.

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            Kosmonaut RE: Fine Oct 29, 2007 12:26 PM

            That seems like an odd law.

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              Joan Kureczka RE: Kosmonaut Oct 29, 2007 01:05 PM

              Not at all. For one, it prevents excessive hunting/poaching for profit, as opposed to fairly well controlled hunting for individual use. Additionally, a certain amount of the wild population of deer and elk in the US carries a disease similar to mad cow. While I might wish that more of the meat was raised in this country, I know the NZ venison is disease-free. NZ as a whole has the "cleanest" status of any nation; a bit easier to attain than most places due to being an island nation. And they work very hard to keep it that way.

              I have heard of some red deer (ie. elk) being farmed here in the US.

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                Kosmonaut RE: Joan Kureczka Oct 29, 2007 03:45 PM

                Thanks for the post, this makes sense. I ddin't realize that deer in the US carried diseases.

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                  Ruth Lafler RE: Kosmonaut Oct 29, 2007 04:35 PM

                  Yes, Joan is right. Wild deer and elk can be infected with a disease called chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a progressive, debilitating neurological disease that belongs to a family of diseases known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) that includes "mad cow" and scrapie (found in sheep). Because the infectious agent is a prion (a type of protein), not a bacterium or virus, it isn't affected by cooking processes.

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                  Fine RE: Joan Kureczka Nov 7, 2007 05:54 PM

                  A couple of years ago I did a search and there was no country listed as without TSE, including NZ. There was one or two states--I believe Tenn. at least--still not affected at that time.

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              misscotati RE: Daniel Duane Oct 29, 2007 02:05 PM

              I don't know where you're located, but you can buy Venison at Bud's Custom Meats in Penngrove (Sonoma County). I don't think they have a website, but you can reach them at:

              BUD'S CUSTOM MEATS
              7750 Petaluma Hill Rd.
              Penngrove, Ca.94951
              (707) 795-8402

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