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Why do people hate eating goat meat?

Why do people hate eating goat meat?

Whatever the reason, everyone has some foods they just cannot or will not eat such as snails, anchovies or pigs feet.  Food preferences are nothing new because different cultures eat different foods due to food availability or particular taste. Before goat meat was found on the menu at every trendy restaurant, it was on the plate of African and Middle Eastern families for centuries. 

Some people equate goat meat to eating sweet bread. Goat meat inspires a particular gag like reflex in people just from the idea of eating the meat. There is usually no issue on the texture of goat meat because the texture is similar to the texture of beef but with less fat.

Most issues with eating goat meat come from the smell. Some people think goat meat smells disgusting and has absolutely no place in the kitchen, some people have never tried goat meat and because of the strong gamey scent will never overcome their olfactory senses and taste goat meat.

Nevertheless, for most people in North America goats are kept more as pets than as food. We would like to believe that our taste buds are more developed and our food world is unlimited.  However, most people eat the same thing every day. When you go to a restaurant you have a favorite meal you order, each time you go you tell yourself I'm not going to order the same thing today but you wind up doing so.

But for some people, it's a matter of expense since goat meat is not a cheap cut of meat. In North America, chicken rules the supermarket. Chicken is extremely affordable and has been a part of America's diet for centuries with as many recipes as there are people in America. People are used to eating chicken so that's the reason why they eat a lot of chicken people, are not used to eating goat, therefore goat meat is not a popular meat.

And that is a shame because goat meat is not your grandmother's goat meat, the goat industry has evolved producing mild-flavored goat meat. When slow-cooked or pan-fried goat meat is tender. So when you hear the word goat, don’t think of the old Billy goat absent-mindedly chewing on a tin can with a long white beard or you will never fall in love with the most widely eaten and versatile red meat in the world, goat.

Goat meat is the most popular red meat in the world.

Don't hate goat meat, make tender pan-fried curry goat fillets tonight

  • Goat meat is the most popular red meat in the world.
  • Goat meat is a red meat low in fat and is used in any recipe using red meat.
  • Goat meat is used for frying, stewing, sautéing or in any of dish as a substitute for beef.
  • Goat meat is very lean with very low-fat content and is healthier red meat.



½ pound goat fillets cut into 1 inch strips

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon ground turmeric powder

1 teaspoon ground garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground curry powder

½ cup fresh coriander leaves

Ghee for frying



Fill a pan with ghee to come just 1/8-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or heavy frying pan. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Sauté goat meat and spices in ghee about 3 minutes. Remove from heat serve.

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