Some time ago I got one kilo of reindeer sirloin, 900 gr reindeer shoulder, 500 gr reindeer shank, 600 gr reindeer neck, 500 gr reindeer roast beef and one kilogram of something I don’t know before I open the plastic freezer bag. So, so much meat to make amazing food from.
Reindeer meat is absolutely one of the tastiest meats in the whole world and moreover it contains a lot of different healthy ingredients: proteins, minerals, A and B vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids. It contains only 2-4 % fat and it resembles fish.
Unfortunately reindeer meat is produced only in limited quantities and demand exceeds supply. The surest way to get meat is to buy it directly from the producer, but the reservation has to be done well before the beginning of muster season (august/september). The Price is quite high, so it is understandable that this delicacy isn’t just any everyday food.
Firstly we made a reindeer shoulder in a slow cooker at the request of the family. I haven’t made reindeer this way before, so I made some research on what to put in the pot. I came up to “Epätrendikäs ruokablogi” (“Untrendy food blog”) and the recipe “Pulled reindeer, id est long simmered reindeer neck”, which looked most interesting. Partly after this recipe I made my own version of pulled reindeer.
If you are interested in making this meal, remember the simmering time. I turned my cooker on at 10 am and the dinner was ready at 6 pm.
This food can absolutely be done in the oven as well. Baking heat should be quite low (100-125°C = 212-257°F)) and baking time for about 4 hours. Use a pot with a lid and use a bit more water than you would in a slow cooker.
reindeer shoulder slow cooker pulled reindeer Finnish cuisine