Next Saturday I will be cooking a meal to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday. I asked Greg to think of all of the things that I had cooked for him in the past and pick something that he would like as a celebration meal. Now Greg has a different view on food to myself, more a fan of big flavours and rustic meals than nouvelle cuisine, so I was surprised when he asked me if we could have............ Ostrich again.
Ostrich meat is a "red meat" similar in colour and taste to beef. However, it is lower in fat grams per serving compared to chicken and turkey, and much lower in fat and cholesterol than beef. Most of the meat from an ostrich comes from the leg, thigh, and back. An ostrich has NO breast meat like the chicken and turkey.
Even though Ostrich meat tastes like beef, the Ostrich does not have fat marbling in the meat like beef. Ostriches have fat, but it collects outside the muscles and is easily removed during processing. Therefore, the cuts of meat are very lean with very low fat content. Ideal for weight watchers who love red meat!
In actual fact, you could serve ostrich to most people without telling them what they are eating and they will assume that they have just eaten a well cooked piece of fillet steak!
I buy my ostrich from Kezie Foods, who are based in Duns in Berwickshire. Not only do they supply top quality ostrich meat, they have an almost endless list of weird and wonderful meats available to buy.
I used to be able to buy my ostrich from the Glasgow Farmers Market, although I'm not sure if Kezie still attend the markets. Tomorrow the market is at Queens Park in Glasgow, I'll be heading down to check if anyone else sells ostrich. If not, it's no big problem as i'll be able to order direcly from Kezie Foods and they deliver to anywhere in the UK.
I'll let you know how I get on next week with the birthday boy's dinner, as well as posting up the recipes for the three course meal that I will be preparing. If you get the chance, give ostrich a try. If you can tell the difference between our feathered friend and it's bovine cousin, then your a better man than me!