RAPID CITY, SD, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 – Wild Idea Buffalo’s bone-in ribeye steak was named a Taste Test Award Winner as part of Cooking Light’s third annual Taste Test Awards, also known as “The Tasties,” which name the best-tasting and healthiest grocery store products and stand-out artisanal treats from across the country in 19 categories. The feature appears in the October issue, on newsstands Friday, September 14 and available online at CookingLight.com/TasteTestAwards.
For the artisanal category, the Cooking Light editors, along with a team of regional food experts, sampled everything from wild chokecherry jelly to smokehouse brisket. In the three years since Cooking Light began giving these awards, the number of small-batch food producers has grown deliriously, and so has the quality of their product. Twenty-seven winning products were chosen across six categories: Condiments, Sweets, Cheese, Booze, Meat, and Best of the Rest.
“It has is a huge honor to win this award. There are so many great artisan food products in America today, so we feel this is a great recognition of the quality of our buffalo meat,” said Josh Resnik, CEO of Wild Idea Buffalo. “We always say that our buffalo are raised better to taste better.”
“We raise our buffalo on only native grass, water, and sunshine,” said Jill O’Brien, owner of Wild Idea Buffalo. “The result is a sweeter, earthier taste. Also, since our buffalo are 100% grass-fed, they are much leaner and are low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, but high in Omega-3s.”
“Cooking Light’s Taste Test Awards illustrate exactly what we’ve been telling consumers for the past 25 years—healthy is delicious,” says Cooking Light editor Scott Mowbray. “From kitchen staples and lunch bag snacks in the grocery category to decadent cheeses and indulgent sweets in the artisanal category, this year’s winning products are stand-outs in the ever-growing world of food products.”
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