How to: Venison Heart butchery

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Heart is a highly underrated piece of meat that I would guess most people leave behind. It is unlike any other offal and less like liver or kidney and much more like a fine textured steak. If we’re going to respect and make the most of our kills we should try and take as much as we can and if you have the chance I recommend bringing home the heart and giving it a try next time.


You will need:

1 large Venison heart

A tray to place you meat in as you prepare it

A bowl for your unusable off cuts

A good sized chopping board with a wet towel underneath to stop it moving

A sharp boning knife and steel


Step 1:

Place a wet towel under a chopping board so it won’t move around on you and grab a very sharp fine knife. Pat the heart dry with a towel and place on your board.

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Step 2:

Remove all the fat and membrane from the outside of the heart making sure you cut away as little meat as possible.

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Step 3:

There are two sides to the heart each with two openings. Place your knife inside the opening and cut through both sides so you end up with the smaller side taken off.

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Step 4:

Place your knife in the other opening and cut through one side in order to butterfly open the larger half

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Step 5:

Using your knife remove the membrane and any sinew from the inside of the heart.

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 Step 6:

Trim up the heart and cut the larger of the two pieces in half if desired.

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