Chicken and other basic meats that you can pick up at the grocery store are all well and good, but they can’t really compare to the satisfaction that accompanies cooking and eating a grouse that you hunted yourself. That feeling of fulfillment is far from the only benefit that eating grouse meat has to offer. Let’s check out some of the health benefits that you can achieve from eating grouse.
Health Benefits Full of Protein
Chicken on its own is a great source of protein, but grouse and other types of game birds really kick it up to the next level. Grouse meat contains significantly more protein than chicken meat. Protein is essential for repairing muscles, fighting off diseases and keeping you healthy overall.
A single serving of grouse only contains approximately 127 calories. Consider the fact that this is almost entirely protein, and you have yourself a very lean, healthy dinner.
Excellent Source of Iron
A single serving of lean game meat — specifically ptarmigan — contains about 50% of the total amount of iron you’re supposed to consume for the day. Grouse meat also contains a significant amount of iron.
Contains Essential B Vitamins
Iron and protein aren’t the only vital nutrients that this delicious game meat has to offer. Grouse is chock full of essential B vitamins, such as vitamin B6, B2 and B3. These nutrients are responsible for preventing chronic diseases, keeping your blood flowing the way it should, providing energy to the body, promoting oxygen circulation and providing an overall feeling of happiness.
Just because your food is healthy, doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious too. Here are some additional tips to help you cook the best tasting grouse.
Watch Carefully While Cooking
Because grouse meat is so lean, overcooking the bird is a very easy mistake to make. Monitor the meat carefully to avoid accidentally drying it out. Your bird should be served pink and juicy.
Prepare Young and Old Birds Differently
Grouse is unique in the fact that the bird’s age can affect the quality of the meat. Older birds tend to be more tender, and are best cooked slowly at lower temperatures. Young birds taste better when roasted quickly.
Make Sure to Remove the Lead Before Cooking
This point is more to benefit your own safety. If you shot the bird yourself, make sure you carefully check to make sure you remove all the lead from the bullet before you begin to prepare your meal.