.:: Bison Food Safety
Cherokee Bison Farms is committed to maintaining the highest standards in food processing safety. All our meat is Wisconsin state inspected. To learn more about how bison is inspected, please visit the Food Safety and Inspection Service website.
Safe handling of bison
Handle bison meat the same as any other type of meat. After selecting your meat, place it in a plastic bag to contain any leakage that could cross contaminate other foods. Refrigerate immediately and use within 3 to 5 days, or freeze. Continuously frozen bison will be safe indefinitely, but anything frozen loses flavor after about six months. The safest ways to defrost bison are:
*in the refrigerator
*in a bowl of cold water
*in the microwave
Never defrost on the counter or in other locations. To defrost in cold water, leave the meat in its airtight packaging. Submerge the package in a bowl of cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes so it continues to thaw.
Since bison is very lean, it will cook faster than other red meats. In general, bison should be cooked using lower heat (325 F). Braising or other moist cooking methods are recommended for bison roasts and steaks. Just remember not to overcook bison.
For further resources on cooking bison, please check out the following links:
Nutrition Facts on Bison | Tips for Cooking Bison | Recipe Page