Frequently Asked Questions
How do I cook emu?
The USDA recommends emu and ostrich be treated like beef in terms of internal cooking temperatures. Emu and ostrich are both true red meats and are categorized as such by the USDA. Since emu and ostrich both have little fat, overcooking the meats may cause them to become dry and a bit tough. You do not need specific emu or ostrich recipes to cook them. Emu and ostrich are not gamey and do not require any special preparation. You can simply substitute emu and ostrich in place of beef, but just keep in mind that these meats cook quicker than beef.
- GRILLED STEAKS/FILETS: Chefs in culinary schools learn that grilled emu and ostrich steaks are best cooked no more than medium rare for optimal taste. For optimal flavor and consistency, grill (or pan fry) steaks to an internal temperature of 125-130F degrees. Then wrap in foil and let the steak rest for 5 to 10 mins to allow it to continue to cook and marinate in its own juices. You can also cook the steaks to medium (130-140 degrees) if you prefer a more cooked steak. For seasoning you can go simple (olive oil, salt, pepper), use a dry rub, or use a marinade—whatever you prefer.
- ROASTS/STEWS: Emu or ostrich roasts and stews can be slow cooked liked beef but requires less time. Cook to preferred consistency.
- GROUND/PATTIES: Treat emu and ostrich ground like beef ground. However since emu cooks faster, be careful not to overcook as it may dry out and toughen the meat.
- STEAK STRIPS, STEAK BITES: Emu and ostrich make wonderful steak bites or steak strips. Cut the filets/steaks into strips or small cubes and pan fry. Be careful not to overcook. Serve with rice or vegetables. Also works great for stir-fry.
NOTE: Please feel free to call or text us at 615-943-0405 if you have any cooking questions. We will try to respond back as soon as possible. We also can recommend recipes that we prefer in our own kitchen.
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Most shipments arrive 1-3 business days after the ship date. Since meats are shipped frozen, we ship only on Mondays and Tuesdays to ensure that packages do not sit over the weekends.
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Saxapahaw General Store (Saxapahaw, NC)
Durham Co-op Market (Durham, NC)
The Green Door Gourmet (Nashville, TN)
Three Rivers Market (The Co-Op) (Knoxville, TN)
Weavers Street Market (Locations in NC: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough)
The Butcher’s Market (Locations in NC: Cary, Raleigh)
RESTAURANTS: (past & current)
Saxapahaw General Store (Saxapahaw, NC)
String & Splinter | City Club (High Point, NC)
Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro (Townsend, TN)
6th and Main (North Wilkesboro, NC)
Lagniappe Brasserie (New Berlin, WI)
GW Hunters (Post Falls, ID)
Farm Table Kitchen & Bar (Wake Forest, NC)
Meridian Restaurant (Winston-Salem, NC)
Greg Norman’s Australian Grille (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Dalton Golf & Country Club (Dalton, GA)
The Looking Glass (Clarksville, TN)
The Hob-Nob Drive-In (Gate City, VA)
Banana Leaves Asian Cafe (Rockville | Bethesda, MD)
Baton Rouge Country Club (Baton Rouge, LA)
The Bottle (Huntsville, AL)
F.A.R.M. Cafe (Boone, NC)
Saddle Peak Lodge (Calabassas, CA)
The Gamekeeper (Asheville, NC)
Bernardin’s (Winston-Salem, NC & Charlotte, NC)
The Cardinal (Boone, NC)
Saskatoon (Greenville, NC)
Market 17 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
The Boundry (Nashville, TN)
Virago (Nashville, TN)
The Wooden Nickel (Hillsborough, NC)
Cafe Des Artistes (Leonardtown, MD)
Sammy’s Wild Game Grill (Houston, TX)
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Nutritional Comparison of Meats
|% Saturated fat 3||--||52||30||25||44||39||26||48|
|Folic Acid (mcg)||420||8.2||14||9||15.1||9||7||7.7|
|Vitamin B12 (mcg)||6||2.3||5.7||8.5||2.3||2.0||.33||2.6|
|Vitamin B 6 (mg)||2||.47||.50||.83||.37||.27||.39||.42|
Shaded areas indicate most desired in that classification (gm=grams, mg=milligrams, mcg=micrograms, Kcal =kilocalories)