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Jul 8, 2010 03:54 AM

Horse Meat

Been advised by a naturopath to eat some to improve my health. I am wondering if anyone has ever eaten any and what does it taste like? Buffalo? Beef? How do you cook it?
Treat the cuts like beef?

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  1. Good luck finding any horse meat in the US. AFAIK, it's not available.

    Do a search, there's been a number of threads on it.

    1. check the canadian side for h meat,buffalo meat check your internet

      1. Horse meat is good.
        I ate it (in Paris), to challenge my preconceptions a little.
        It is similar to beef but sweeter, leaner and tenderer. It responds similarly to beef, too, but I would not overcook it. It makes a good steak, but I am not sure it would braise particularly well, as it has a fairly pronounced grain.

        I am curious to know how horse meat would convey particular health benefits, however.

        Surely there are lots of lean red meats (venison, buffalo etc) that are easier to obtain and not so culturally... sensitive...?

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        1. re: AnotherMother

          I've only cooked and eaten steaks but prep and cook is identical to the analagous cut of beef. I don't get the opportunity often because its near enough unobtainable in the UK. If you like grass fed beef, you will appreciate horse. Tis just a tad gamier but most folk's perceptions are clouded by their cultural baggage.

          The health thing is, as I understand it, that it is low in chloresterol. I've never understood why. A grass fed cow and a grass fed horse are similar creatures in many respects. Can anybody explain?

          1. re: alexjames

            Ostrich is pretty low in fat and cholesterol, too.

            1. re: alexjames

              Pure conjecture but I would say Horses are more active creatures that rely more upon speed than domestic cattle. More activity would lead to less fat. Many domestic cattle breeds have been bred to be fatter, some older breeds are more muscular and have less fat.

              1. re: alexjames

                except that a grass fed horse doesn't fart methane as a part of its digestion... or have four stomachs... or chew its cud



                Humans are more closely related to horses than cows are to horses.

                1. re: Chowrin

                  Cows belch methane rather than expelling it from the other end.

            2. FYI - Increase red blood count. Makes me cringe a little, but I am desperate and willing to try pretty much anything at this pt.

              7 Replies
              1. re: itryalot

                Consult a tegistered dietician or a real physician. Surely there are other ways to treat anemia, like iron-rich vegetables and readily available meats like liver.

                1. re: greygarious

                  Been there, done that. Of course, I would have not gone to this extreme if I had not tried all the more traditional methods.

                2. re: itryalot

                  Not that I have anything against eating horse meat particularly, but am I correct in assuming that it was only recommended to you for its iron content?

                  If so, cooked beef (3-4 mg/100 g) has almost as much iron as horse meat (~5 mg/100g). Raw beef (as in carpaccio) has just as much, as do oysters. Soy beans and lentils have more iron/serving than horse, and other beans (kidney, black, navy) are on par with beef. And most types of liver generally have a good deal more iron than all of the above - almost twice as much as horse meat.

                  Also, things like fortified cereals (Total raisin bran and such) have far more iron per serving than horse meat does. And that's not even getting into pills or prescriptions.

                  I am unaware of any other health/nutrition claims about horse meat, but it's not the only good way to get more iron into your diet. And any of the stuff above should be easier to find.

                  1. re: cowboyardee

                    Thanks; very knowledgeable. Seems there are studies (read a few) to say the iron is sometimes more easily absorbed than other foods - one of my issues too. I do eat legumes and liver regularly (as well as leafy greens and occasionally indulge in raw oysters when they are in season).

                  2. re: itryalot

                    I think you've found yourself a snake oil salesman. There's nothing special about horse meat.

                    1. re: itryalot

                      Animal sources of iron are best absorbed by the body, and liver is much higher in iron than meat - including horse meat, as others have pointed out. If you don't like to eat liver (I sure don't!), you can get easy-to-take tablets of desicated liver from Argentina cattle either at your local heath food store or online. (It's commonly made from Argentina beef because they raise their beef naturally without chemical drugs, which are mostly metabolized in the liver [yes, in people too] and they build up there.)

                      Other good foods, plant sources, are stinging nettles (have been used for a very long time to treat anemia due to it's high iron content), pumpkin seeds, and blackstrap molasses.

                      Cooking in cast iron pans adds a small amount of iron to your diet also.

                      Extremely important: if you're trying to increase iron in your body through your diet, it is essential that you don't eat things that can inhibit it's absorption:
                      red wine, black tea, coffee, spinach, chard, beet greens, rhubarb, sweet potatoes, whole grains and bran, and soy products

                      1. re: intp4yhwh

                        Oxalic acid inhibits iron absorption.
                        (google if you're a white male -- there's something I don't remember that particularly affects iron absorption in white males).

                        Also, look up grapefruit juice and iron absorption. Grapefruit does a number on so many medicines... might on this as well.

                    2. You can have horse meat in Europe - it's really delicious! I agree with AnotherMother's comments in that it is sweeter and leaner than beef. I used to make really tasty hamburgers with it.