Ocado tell you everything you need to know about buying and preparing game, so you can enjoy restaurant-style dishes at home...
You’ve probably enjoyed game’s rich, meaty flavour and delicate texture in restaurants, but have you tried recreating these dishes at home? Ocado is here to help get you started...
Each game animal has its own distinctive flavour and texture, so, to enjoy them at their best, you need to approach each in a different way.
Ocado has produced this handy cheat-sheet to give you some guidance. You’ll find everything you need below, so you can use your new-found knowledge to create something delicious this weekend.
Pheasant is a lean meat that looks similar to chicken, but with a much deeper flavour. It’s in season from October to February and is great when slow-cooked, especially in a game pie.
Duck has a thicker skin and higher fat content than chicken, which gives it a stronger, meatier flavour. It’s best served pink and works really well in simple dishes, which allow its bold flavour to shine.
Richer and gamier than beef, venison also has a finer texture. Why not try slow-cooking it to release the full depth of its flavour? You can’t beat a bowl of venison stew for a delicious autumnal supper.
Compared to other game birds, partridge has a much subtler flavour. It tastes best in simple dishes, where it won’t be crowded by other ingredients. Partridge is at its best between September and February, and works well with slow-cooked seasonal veg, such as carrots, turnips and potatoes.
Pigeon’s flavour is somewhere between those of chicken and pheasant, with a really lovely and unique gamey taste. Best served pink, there’s not a lot of meat to a breast, as you can imagine, so make sure to buy more than you think you’ll need.
Like pheasant, the guinea fowl’s meat is low in fat, but tastes a lot less gamey. In fact, it’s actually quite similar to chicken. You can use it in similar ways, too – surprise your family by swapping it for your usual Sunday roast.
Ocado stocks a full range of game, including venison, duck, pigeon, guinea fowl, partridge and pheasant – all sourced from specialist suppliers that adhere to high standards of animal welfare. That means the animals are reared in open pastures where they can move, graze and reproduce freely.
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