How to Soak Venison in Buttermilk

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Things You'll Need

  • Knife

  • Large bowl

  • Fork

  • Salt and pepper

Venison has an earthy, wild flavor.

Venison is a tender, low-fat meat that has a distinctive flavor. People often refer to venison as "gamey", a term used to describe the earthy flavor associated with meat from wild animals. Some venison has a stronger flavor than others primarily because deer eat a varied diet of weeds, acorn and wood bark. If their diet consists of more acorns than greens the venison will have a "gamier" taste. If you want to lessen this flavor, soaking the venison in buttermilk is the answer.


Step 1

Slice the silver skin off the venison if there is any present. You want the buttermilk to be able to get into the meat.

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Step 2

Rinse the venison in cold water. Place in a large enough bowl that you have enough room to cover it with the buttermilk.


Step 3

Poke holes in the venison with a fork to allow buttermilk to soak into the venison. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Pour enough buttermilk over the venison to cover it entirely. If you do not have buttermilk you can use whole milk and add 1 tbsp. of vinegar for each cup you use. This makes a buttermilk substitute.


Step 5

Let soak at least 90 minutes. You can soak overnight or up to 24 hours.

Step 6

Rinse the buttermilk off the venison. Cook using the recipe of your choice.


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