There are three main reasons why we, at Gourmet Goat, believe you should be eating kid goat….
Amazing Taste. Kid goat has lots of flavour, but it is subtle. Some people say it is like lamb, but we believe it has more flavour dimensions than lamb. The default recipe for goat meat is curry and this is because most people cook with adult goat. Adult goat can be quite tough and very strong in flavour and therefore needs to be curried to get the most out of it. We only cook with kid goat, yes it can be curried, but there are so many more dishes you can do. Take a look at our recipe section and that of other chefs and bloggers.
To Support the dairy industry. Many tens of thousands of dairy billies are slaughtered each year shortly after birth. These are the Billies that help the goat dairy industry thrive. We feel this is a tragedy and are supporting suppliers who take the billies from the dairy industry and send them to responsible farms to be reared and ultimately sold for their meat.
It is a super healthy meat. Data provided by U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that goat meat has the lowest amount of saturated fat and cholesterol than other meats cooked in a similar way. Click for a full comparison and nutritional analysis.
Great! but where do I taste or buy kid goat meat in the UK?
This is when you need to know about your goat. There are a number of different billy goats breeds used for the dairy industry and there is only a handful of people who are rearing them for meat. At the moment it is quite difficult for the general consumer to get hold of the raw product that has been reared to high welfare standards. Ellies dairy at Borough market sell fantastic kid goat.
Many kid goat meat suppliers use the Boer goat which is a South African breed used primarily for meat production. Of course we would prefer you to buy the dairy billy goats, but you could start your love of goat meat with those suppliers.
1. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2013. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/ndl