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I have a piece of venison I want to cook. On the package is says "hind leg". It is a 1kg piece without bones, in a rather round shape.

I want to use sous vide on this piece, but I am not at all sure what time/temperature should be used. I have searched many sites, but answers seems to vary.

Some sites suggest treating it like tender beef, so just heating up to around 57 degrees (time depending on thickness of course).

Other sites suggests treating it for really long cooking times, as one would with brisket or short ribs.

Does anyone have any experiences that I could replicate?

  • How much is lean meat? How much is cartilage/sinew/silverskin/any of that tough stuff that is chewy when cooked for a short amount of time, but jelly after a long amount of time? How lean is the meat? – Ming Oct 20 '14 at 7:02
  • I must admit I am not sure how to decide how much is lean. Is there a standard technique to figure this out? There is little cartilage/silverskin on it. – torkildl Oct 20 '14 at 9:32
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    There isn't a very standard technique to find out if it's lean, just .. see how much of the meat has fat running through it or around it. If there's little cartilage/silverskin/tendon/whatever on it, then treating it like tender beef sounds about right. If you're particularly worried, or want to knuckle down a procedure for next time, I would probably cut and package it up into several bags, and keep taking a bag out after (1) it's just cooked to 57 degrees, if you are noticing lots of gristly bits, then (2) after 12 hours (3) after 24 hours (4) after 36 hours, until you are happy. – Ming Oct 23 '14 at 1:01
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I always treat venison as low fat because it rarely has any. It is grass-fed (at least it is in the UK) and so cooking will be the same as for lamb. This may be a more useful for timing guide: Sous Vide Cooking Reference Guide

  • Low fat, ok. But is "low fat" the same as tender? – torkildl Oct 29 '14 at 18:21
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    "Low fat" is a statement about the quality of the meat. "Tender" is the a statement about the result of the cooking process. They are describing two different things entirely, so cannot be compared. As you have chosen this cooking method, it will not make a difference either way. What is potentially tough as old boots should end up "tender". Nobody can help you deciding on the quality without actually seeing the piece of meat in question, however I treat haunch of venison as I would roast leg of lamb. I do not think I would personally choose to slow cook it but YMMV. – user28908 Oct 29 '14 at 23:25
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    @Piglet "tender" is also a quality of the meat itself. if you disagree, how about i trade you some tri-tip for your fillet mignon? – rbp Jan 5 '15 at 20:04

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