Venison Tri Tip
- Authentic, Cervena-certified venison
- Every farm practices sustainable farming methods and humane treatment of animals
- Grass fed, pasture raised
- No antibiotics, hormones or steroids
- High in protein, lower in fat and calories than beef
- Sold in an uncooked state
- Product of New Zealand
- For best taste on fresh products, use or freeze within 3-5 days of receipt; for frozen products, use within 1-2 days after thawing
Naturally low in calories and fat, yet packed with nutrients like iron, zinc and B vitamins, Cervena venison is a high-quality protein and one of the healthiest red meats available today. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, venison has about 20% less fat and about 100 fewer calories per 3.5 ounce serving than beef. It's the ideal meat to include as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
The tri tip requires a little trimming and removal of silver skin. Keep in mind when cooking this lean meat that it cooks faster than beef or other red meats with fat in them. No fat means no protection from the heat. It also means that venison is best when rare or medium rare.
For a simple preparation of venison tri tip, score the fat cap in a crisscross pattern and season the steak with salt and pepper. Render and crisp the fat cap in a skillet over medium-high heat, cooking the steak to medium-rare. Let it rest before slicing. As a delicious accompaniment, prepare a blueberry thyme chutney by combining fresh blueberries, thyme leaves, sugar, a splash of vinegar, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Simmer the mixture until the blueberries burst and the sauce thickens. Serve the sliced venison tri tip with a spoonful of the blueberry thyme chutney, which provides a sweet and savory flavor combination. Alternatively, other fruit accompaniments like a cranberry orange relish or a raspberry jalapeno salsa can add a vibrant and tangy touch to the dish.
As free-range as it gets without being wild, our venison comes from a group of New Zealand ranchers who allow the Red deer to roam and feed on tall-grass pastures in a pristine environment, in accordance with the strict standards required by the Cervena name.
Cervena is a quality assurance program that certifies that all the venison with their label has been humanely pasture-raised, and 100% grass-fed with only minimal supplemental feed such as hay. Only in cases of extreme disease will antibiotics be administered, and then the animal is tracked and processed separately.
Cervena also requires that animals be less than three years of age at the time of processing, which takes place only at accredited facilities expert in processing deer, and specifically licensed and regularly audited by an independent agency.