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Water buffalo meat/bones

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I live in Nepal and have no access to grass fed meat, at least not meat that I'm used to. Does anyone know anything about water buffalo meat? Would the bones be acceptable for broth making?

The water buff meat that I can buy in the store is not something I want to touch, but I think I can buy bones from a nearby village, outside of the city.

Thoughts?

Also, best recipes for homemade coconut oil and flour?

Thanks, Newbie Ari

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26182 · September 05, 2012 at 2:03 AM

I did a little research, while they are different animals, the meat is very similar. Both are about 95% lean, high protein, low cholesterol. Both also butcher the same, and require slow cooking to breakdown the tough cell membranes and make the steak less tough. Cook it just like American Buffalo, slow and low, serve rare.

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4266 · September 04, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Water buffalo and American buffalo are not the same at all.

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0 · September 04, 2012 at 3:00 PM

No, they're very different, more like cows or oxen. I can't post any pics here, but in looking at some on google I found a great pic of what looks like delicious water buff steak. http://www.ou.org/audio/5764/rare-water-buffalo.jpg Now I'm psyched to find a source! Usually they're used as beasts of burden so I'm not sure where to get good meat.

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0 · September 04, 2012 at 2:51 PM

VILLAGE raised animals are grass-fed, or naturally fed in some way or another. But animals raised for Kathmandu consumption are not. I don't know enough about conditions to comment with authority, but friends who've been here a long time said they wouldn't touch the buff meat. I've thought about paying to have my own animals raised, but it all is so complicated. Kind of in a quandary. Think I'll try buff bone broth.

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41471 · September 04, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Meat isn't largely grass-fed in Nepal? Really? I can't imagine it's anything close to CAFO beef in the states.

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11048 · September 04, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Why not eat the meat? The bones from any ruminant will work for broth. However, the flavor of the broth will be the same as the meat, so if you don't want to eat the meat because of the flavor, you will likely not like the broth.

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1398 · May 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

I don't know anything specific about water buffalo, but I do know it is a ruminant. If it has been fed it's proper diet (grass?), it should be a pretty awesome food source. I say figure out how they raise the animals, and go for it. If they feed the animals junk, get lean cuts. If the buffalo are fed grass, read bedtime stories, and tickled daily, well full steam ahead, eat up.

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0 · August 30, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Thanks, everyone, for your answers. A year has passed (!) and I'm about to head out to buy some buff bones. I'll let you know how it tastes.

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1227 · July 24, 2013 at 3:29 AM

I ate water buffalo in Brazil (grass fed, like everything else there) and it is wonderful meat.

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1981 · January 11, 2013 at 2:25 AM

There's a water buffalo and bison farm 20 min from my house. Good eats. Go for it.

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26182 · September 04, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I'd imagine water buffalo is similar to buffalo we have in the US. Generally Buffalo meat is VERY lean, so if you want to make burgers, grind it up with some fat back.

Otherwise try oven roasting and then finishing on the grill, give it a nice texture. Buffalo meat should be served rare to medium rare -- nothing higher or it gets very tough.

The taste is sort of like a mild beef, so it's usually good to kick it up with some serious spices or butter.

As for the bones, they will definitely make a good bone broth. Might taste a bit more like a veal or lamb broth than a beef broth but still very good!

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0 · September 04, 2012 at 3:00 PM

No, they're very different, more like cows or oxen. I can't post any pics here, but in looking at some on google I found a great pic of what looks like delicious water buff steak. http://www.ou.org/audio/5764/rare-water-buffalo.jpg Now I'm psyched to find a source! Usually they're used as beasts of burden so I'm not sure where to get good meat.

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4266 · September 04, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Water buffalo and American buffalo are not the same at all.

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26182 · September 05, 2012 at 2:03 AM

I did a little research, while they are different animals, the meat is very similar. Both are about 95% lean, high protein, low cholesterol. Both also butcher the same, and require slow cooking to breakdown the tough cell membranes and make the steak less tough. Cook it just like American Buffalo, slow and low, serve rare.

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