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How does goat meat compare to other types of meat?

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Created March 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM

I just found a small farm about 10 minutes away from where I live that sells goat meat at a fairly good price, it's grass-fed and they occasionally feed it hay. It's not talked about much compared to beef and lamb but I was wondering how it compares to them nutritionally. Is it good enough to make it a staple?

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19120 · February 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM

That's 1/2 true. Kid (young goats) are available, and if the goat you are buying seems expensive, it's almost certainly kid. Older goat is just as tasty, but some cuts can be tougher, and definitely should be prepared like mutton.

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5136 · April 11, 2011 at 10:18 PM

goats can be cute AND delicious. Like bunnies, piggies, ducks or even cows. Chickens on the other hand....not so cute.

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2387 · March 28, 2011 at 8:05 AM

I'd love an intensely gamey goat, the ones I had before tasted rather bland. Then again, maybe I should just stick to wild boar...

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9647 · March 28, 2011 at 6:04 AM

I think goat is delicious. I actually think it's like lamb without the weird aftertaste.

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620 · March 27, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Haha..nope. That's the way I first had goat. I was 11 years old, visiting family in the Philippines. They told me it was Lamb Stew. :)

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1146 · March 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Why Allie, why??? Why do you have to be so cruel to me.

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56616 · March 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Hmm, I'lll have to eat some more goats and let you know :P

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22913 · March 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Depends on how much "scrub" the goats are eating instead of just grass.

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2387 · March 27, 2011 at 11:09 AM

"I would warn you that many westerners find the taste of the fat and meat somewhat gamey." In your opinion, does this apply to all goats or just the older ones (1 year+)?

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3159 · March 27, 2011 at 5:07 AM

http://loyalkng.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/cute-baby-goat.jpg

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1702 · March 27, 2011 at 4:49 AM

I know the first time I tried lamb I was offput by the taste. In my experience goat was a bit stronger. Make a nice curry and you won't be able to tell :)

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970 · March 26, 2011 at 7:35 PM

HA! Made me recall Ace Ventura's rendition of the Yak's mating call in the sequel: "yyyyaaaaaaaaaaakk!!"

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9647 · March 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Hmmm ... You appear to be new to the site, and yet this does appear to be a "wife's chili" reference .... http://paleohacks.com/questions/24572/slipping-organ-meats-into-wifes-chilli http://paleohacks.com/questions/24760/how-is-babby-formed/24761#24761

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665 · March 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

But ... goats are so tasty ....

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3159 · March 26, 2011 at 4:11 PM

But ... goats are so cute ....

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56616 · March 26, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Definitely a great meat nutritionally, very similar to lamb. Low in omega-6, decent in omega-3, lots of great monosaturated fat. I would warn you that many westerners find the taste of the fat and meat somewhat gamey. I enjoy it, but I do spice it more than I would spice beef. It works well in Middle Eastern, Indian, and African dishes. It also has lots of braising cuts that need to be cooked for a long time and not so many "prime" steak-like cuts. For this reason it's often cheaper than other meats.

Hay= dried grass.

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56616 · March 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Hmm, I'lll have to eat some more goats and let you know :P

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22913 · March 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Depends on how much "scrub" the goats are eating instead of just grass.

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1702 · March 27, 2011 at 4:49 AM

I know the first time I tried lamb I was offput by the taste. In my experience goat was a bit stronger. Make a nice curry and you won't be able to tell :)

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2387 · March 27, 2011 at 11:09 AM

"I would warn you that many westerners find the taste of the fat and meat somewhat gamey." In your opinion, does this apply to all goats or just the older ones (1 year+)?

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2387 · March 28, 2011 at 8:05 AM

I'd love an intensely gamey goat, the ones I had before tasted rather bland. Then again, maybe I should just stick to wild boar...

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620 · March 26, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Goat is delicious! Definitely works well in heavily spiced Middle Eastern dishes. That way you could sneak it in to people who have never had it. :)

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9647 · March 28, 2011 at 6:04 AM

I think goat is delicious. I actually think it's like lamb without the weird aftertaste.

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9647 · March 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Hmmm ... You appear to be new to the site, and yet this does appear to be a "wife's chili" reference .... http://paleohacks.com/questions/24572/slipping-organ-meats-into-wifes-chilli http://paleohacks.com/questions/24760/how-is-babby-formed/24761#24761

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620 · March 27, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Haha..nope. That's the way I first had goat. I was 11 years old, visiting family in the Philippines. They told me it was Lamb Stew. :)

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78422 · April 11, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Love the occasional feed of goat meat in Mexico served in a stew called birria. It is filling and rich and delicious.

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4306 · March 27, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I raise goats been eating them for years. and my sin was throwing out the fat for years cause it was "unhealthy". Now I relish it. Not as fatty as sheep

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3885 · March 27, 2011 at 4:22 AM

Throughout the Indian sub-continent, where due to religious reasons, Cow slaughter is a no no - Almost all red meat is Goat meat. Even today, fortunately, Goats are raised by letting them feed on the wild outgrowth, they are experts at grazing in hard to reach terrain and do a good job of mowing down to sand. Goat meat has a distinct taste not similar to beef and it also distinctly different from CAFO lamb meat. As others have posted, goat is nutritionally good and is used in several different cuisines.

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289 · March 26, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Are you considering (older) chevon/mutton or (younger) cabrito/kid? The tastes will change with the age of the goat, but like others have posted it is all good - nice in dishes like Indian (mutton) and Tex-Mex (cabrito). I don't know the nutritional differences, but ... yummm!

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39841 · March 26, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I would wager that the animals are older at slaughter, so it would have a strong taste like mutton rather than lamb. That being said, I ate a grass-fed yak steak the other day and aside from being the toughest piece of meat I have ever eaten, the taste wasn't off-putting in the least. Give it a try.

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970 · March 26, 2011 at 7:35 PM

HA! Made me recall Ace Ventura's rendition of the Yak's mating call in the sequel: "yyyyaaaaaaaaaaakk!!"

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19120 · February 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM

That's 1/2 true. Kid (young goats) are available, and if the goat you are buying seems expensive, it's almost certainly kid. Older goat is just as tasty, but some cuts can be tougher, and definitely should be prepared like mutton.

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25467 · March 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I love goat......and it has very low omega six levels if pastured

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276 · March 26, 2011 at 4:44 PM

I get goat from a local farmer also. The term 'grass fed' may be a little bit of a misnomer. Goats tend to eat other vegetal matter rather than grass. As long as they are not filling up on corn or soy meal products, it's okay. My local farmer said he has a hard time controlling what they might eat in their adventures. He informed me that his mowed through his pomegranate trees.
I also concur on the more aggressive spicing. Cumin is a good one.

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0 · February 16, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Two of our biggest eating mistakes are mental: eating for comfort, and eating for the event; so many people whine about taste, appearance, or just the idea. "EWWWW!!!" Shut up. Focus on the nutritional value for the sake of health and sustenance, not the taste. I eat a combination of grass-fed ground beef, bison, lamb, and goat, seasoned lightly with multiple salts and peppers, onion and garlic powders, nearly raw (broiled 5-7 mins/side at 200 degrees); also wild boar and rabbit, again, nearly raw. I have no issues with taste, but then again, i have raw liver every morning, and my protein shakes look like a seven-course rerun. It's about the nutrition!

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