HOW DO I COOK EMU?
COOKING TIPS 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. Thank you for supporting our farm! Amaroo Hills Family
WHAT DOES EMU MEAT TASTE LIKE?
Emu meat tastes similar to beef.  We’ve served emu meat to cattle farmers who’ve stated that they cannot tell the difference in taste or texture with beef.
WHAT ARE THE EMUS FED?
A proprietary feed formula which was developed to maximize the well-being of the animals. Since emus are omnivorous in the wild, they require not only grains but also additional nutrients and minerals.
HOW ARE YOUR MEATS PROCESSED?
All Amaroo Hills' products are processed in a USDA inspected facility. USDA regulations ensure the highest food safety standards. In addition, the processor will process only emus on the day of processing, thus reducing the risk of cross contamination. USDA regulations also ensure that the animals are processed in a humane manner. All meat cuts are vacuum sealed and frozen to ensure freshness. Similar to beef, prior to butchering, the whole bird is dry-aged to maximize flavor and tenderness.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
Credit cards, PayPal, and Amazon Pay are accepted for online orders. Credit cards, PayPal, and cash are accepted for on-farm purchases.
HOW ARE THE MEATS SHIPPED?
All Amaroo Hills Farm meats are currently shipped via UPS. All shipments are packed in 1¾” thick Styrofoam insulated boxes. All shipments will include dry ice or gel packs to ensure meats arrive mostly frozen upon delivery.  Shipments are normally sent out on Mondays and Tuesdays.  For any special arrangements regarding shipping, please contact us.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR PACKAGES TO ARRIVE?
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.
CAN ORDERS BE PICKED UP ON THE FARM?
At checkout, you have the option to select "On-Farm Pickup." If you select this option when you place an order, please contact us to arrange a pickup time. You can email us at info@amaroohills.com or call/text 615-943-0405 (TN location) or 336-736-6696 (NC location). Please bring your own cooler when you pick up products on the farm. 
IS THERE A MINIMAL ORDER REQUIREMENT?
Currently, there is no minimum order required.
HOW DO I ORDER?
On the Amaroo Hills website at www.amaroohills.com or by phone at 615-943-0405.
HOW ARE SHIPPING CHARGES CALCULATED?
Shipping charges are calculated by adding the cost of UPS shipping plus the packaging costs (Styrofoam box, dry ice or gel packs). There is no mark up in the cost of shipping.  To find out the cost of shipping, enter in your order and your shipping info.  The shipping calculator will then provide the cost of various shipping options.
WHERE ARE AMAROO HILLS PRODUCTS AVAILABLE?
MARKETS: 
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NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON OF MEATS

 

 

RDI 5

Venison 1

Ostrich 1

Emu 1

Bison 1

Beef 2

Turkey 2

Elk 1

 

Protein (gm)

 

50

 

26.5

 

26.2

 

28.4

 

 

4.7

 

25

 

24.2

 

25.0

 

27.4

 

26.6

 

Fat (gm)

<654

 

8.2

 

7.1

 

14.8

 

16.4

 

13.2

 

8.4

% Saturated fat 3

 

--

 

52

 

30

 

44

 

39

 

26

 

48

 

Cholesterol (mg)

 

<300

 

98

 

83

 

87

 

85

 

81

 

102

 

78

 

Iron (mg)

 

18

 

3.4

 

3.4

 

5.0

 

164

 

 

.24

 

 

65

 

 

28.7

 

.030

 

 

269

 

 

375

 

 

44

 

3.1

 

2.4

 

1.9

 

3.3

 

Calories (kcal)

 

--

 

189

 

175

 

237

 

255

 

235

 

190

 

Copper (mg)

 

2

 

.13

 

.14

 

.21

 

.09

 

.09

 

.14

 

Sodium (mg)

 

<2400

 

78

 

80

 

67

 

70

 

107

 

85

 

Magnesium (mg)

 

420

 

23.9

 

22.6

 

19.8

 

21

 

24

 

23.7

 

Manganese (mg)

 

--

 

.013

 

.017

 

.010

 

.016

 

.020

 

.011

 

Phosphorus (mg)

 

1000

 

228

 

224

 

184

 

160

 

196

 

221

 

Potassium (mg)

 

--

 

364

 

323

 

306

 

312

 

270

 

354

 

Selenium (mcg)

 

--

 

10

 

34

 

35

 

19

 

37

 

17

 

Zinc (mg)

 

15

 

5.2

 

4.3

 

4.6

 

4.3

 

5.4

 

2.9

 

6.6

 

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

 

Thiamin (mg)

 

1.2

 

.50

 

9.3

 

.21

 

.32

 

.12

 

.06

 

.05

 

.13

 

Niacin (mg)

 

16

 

6.6

 

8.9

 

4.9

 

4.7

 

4.8

 

5.3

 

Riboflavin (mg)

 

1.3

 

.33

 

.27

 

.55

 

.26

 

.26

 

.17

 

.32

Shaded areas indicate most desired in that classification (gm=grams, mg=milligrams, mcg=micrograms, Kcal =kilocalories)

 

1 = Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, June, 2000 Alternative Meat Study funded by USDA

2 = Source: United States Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

3 = percent of fat composed of saturated fatty acids

4 = Based upon 2000 calorie diet

5 = Reference Daily Intake (National Academy of Sciences) Bookmark/Search this post with