What's delicious, nutritious, and is leaner than chicken?
That's right, folks, it's goat meat! After researching goat meat, I loved it as a concept, and after tasting it last week I can now wholeheartedly endorse the meat as a tasty, healthy beef alternative that's better for your body and better for the environment than cow. And according to the Koreans, goat meat increases virility, making for "better sexytime." (NY Times) What's not to love?
A three ounce serving of cooked goat meat (also called cabrito or chevon) has nearly the same calorie count as chicken with less fat and cholesterol than the fowl. It also has more iron than chicken, veal, lamb, pork, OR beef. Lest you scoff at the value of iron, you should know that without sufficient iron, your body can't make hemoglobin - an essential substance that helps your blood carry oxygen to your vital organs. Are you scoffing at the value of oxygen, you negative Nelly? Incidentally ladies, we all need extra iron when we have our cousin-visiting-from-out-of-town-every-month-if-you-know-what-I-mean. (Source)
Chart from Rush Creek Farms
Even more, due to a different molecular structure than other red meats, goat meat is easier to digest! (Source)
By now, we should all have some sense of the huge environmental cost of raising a meat cow to maturity (If you're not, start with these articles). As a small illustration, each pound of beef you eat requires between 2,500 and 5,000 gallons of water to come into existence; for comparison, if you take a seven minute shower every morning, you use 100 gallons of water a week. (Source) Goats eat less than cows and are more disease-resistant. (Source) Also, goats only fart about 13% of the methane that cows do. (Read it for yourself).
Where to Get It
Now that I've whet your appetite with the fart talk, let's go over some buying options (always be closing, baby!).
How to Cook It
Tender cuts of goat (like the legs, ribs, shoulder, loin, and breast) can be cooked in dry heat by roasting, broiling, or frying. For tougher cuts like stew meat or shanks, you will want to use a slow, low, and wet method like stewing or braising. (Source) If you're following (an admittedly adapted version of) the Humane Food Finder's advice then you will have the advantage of consulting with your farmer's market farmer (who uses humane breeding/raising techniques) who can give you cooking advice. A quick google search for "goat recipes" yields lots of intriguing results, including this website featuring recipes for various goat cuts, including "honey glazed goat roast."
...So go out and try some goat this week! Stop back in and let me know what you think....