Now the summer is over we can start to enjoy the 2021 game season. It is the best time of year for these wild meats and we have plenty of choice on our counter. Right now we have Grouse, Partridge, Hare and Venison. Pheasants will arrive at the end of the month.
Game is wild, natural and free range with a distinctive flavour making it a great alternative to beef, pork, lamb or chicken. Being low in cholesterol and high in protein game meat is a very healthy meal choice. Venison contains higher levels of iron than any other red meat. Pheasant and partridge contain a high level of iron, protein, vitamin B(6) and selenium which also has healthy protective benefits. Game is considered to be a slow food.
Seasonal Game For Cooking
Gone are the days when pheasants and venison were kept for special dinner parties. Whether you’re cooking for a mid week supper, a dinner party or a special diner for two, seasonal game will make a fantastic tasty meal. The stronger richer flavours are just right for autumn weather. The classic way of cooking game birds is to roast them in the oven and serve with Game chips but they are just as good in casseroles, pies, pates, soups and sausages. At the beginning of the season the younger birds tend to be more tender and are better for roasting while older birds later in the year work well cooked for longer in a casserole.
2021 Game Season Recipes
If you want some game season recipes for inspiration try here for a selection from our blog. If you are looking for some inspiration for game cooking come in and see us, we can advise you which is the best of the selection and how you can cook it.
What Is The Game Season?
There are certain times during the year when fresh game is not available called the Closed Season. Certain species of game in certain locations cannot be taken during this time to allow the numbers to be kept up. (However, because there are so many different species of deer, you will find fresh venison is available most of the year).
These are the dates for the most popular game birds and deer
Grouse: 12th August (Glorious Twelfth) to 10th December
Pheasant: 1st October to 1st February
Partridge: 1st September to 1st February
Duck and Goose: 1st September to 31st January
Hare: 1st August to 29th February
Red Deer Stags: 1st August to 30th April (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)1st July to 20th October (Scotland)
You can see more about the game in our shop here >>