I use ground venison in just about any dish that calls for ground beef. I know venison is leaner than ground beef, but how does it compare? —P.D., Burlington, North Carolina
Yes, venison is a lean meat by nature. Trimmed of fat, a 3-ounce portion roasted provides about 135 calories, 26 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat. That’s only 1 gram of fat per ounce of meat. In comparison, a 3-ounce portion of beef sirloin roast has 160 calories, 24 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat.
However, when venison is ground up and processed, beef fat is often added to make up for its low fat content to provide a more palatable product. It’s not unusual for 5 to 10% beef fat to be added.
So if you send venison out to be processed, specify that only a small amount of beef fat, if any, be added.