I live in Nepal and have no access to grass fed meat, at least not meat that I'm used to. Does anyone know anything about water buffalo meat? Would the bones be acceptable for broth making?
The water buff meat that I can buy in the store is not something I want to touch, but I think I can buy bones from a nearby village, outside of the city.
Also, best recipes for homemade coconut oil and flour?
Thanks, Newbie Ari
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I don't know anything specific about water buffalo, but I do know it is a ruminant. If it has been fed it's proper diet (grass?), it should be a pretty awesome food source. I say figure out how they raise the animals, and go for it. If they feed the animals junk, get lean cuts. If the buffalo are fed grass, read bedtime stories, and tickled daily, well full steam ahead, eat up.
Thanks, everyone, for your answers. A year has passed (!) and I'm about to head out to buy some buff bones. I'll let you know how it tastes.
I ate water buffalo in Brazil (grass fed, like everything else there) and it is wonderful meat.
There's a water buffalo and bison farm 20 min from my house. Good eats. Go for it.
I'd imagine water buffalo is similar to buffalo we have in the US. Generally Buffalo meat is VERY lean, so if you want to make burgers, grind it up with some fat back.
Otherwise try oven roasting and then finishing on the grill, give it a nice texture. Buffalo meat should be served rare to medium rare -- nothing higher or it gets very tough.
The taste is sort of like a mild beef, so it's usually good to kick it up with some serious spices or butter.
As for the bones, they will definitely make a good bone broth. Might taste a bit more like a veal or lamb broth than a beef broth but still very good!