FROM THE FOREST TO THE TABLE


Following the tradition of our ancestors, the creators of the Rege brand have dreamed up a red deer venison product line, which is based on respect for the wild animal, gastronomy rooted in the knowledge of many generations, and the love of wildlife. We believe, that a perfect balance of flavour may be achieved using venison from a deer killed locally in its natural environment, combined with excellent spices from the Carpathian Basin. We are glad to share with everyone the extraordinary experience of enjoying excellent game meat products.

 

The Rege Vad brand is not only a gastronomical masterpiece, but heritage, protection of nature, and knowledge of our environment and homeland, as well.
 

About game and its consumption in general

Throughout their millennia of evolution, our game species of the Carpathian Basin have always lived in their natural environment and fed according to their instincs, thus maintaining their most precious qualities. Their way of life is the least affected by humans when compated to domesticated species; their bodies are free of antibiotics and genetically modified feed. The ‘survival of the fittest’ rule of evolution ensured that only the best survived and reproduced, prompting the animals to feed on the most desirable options provided by nature, which have a beneficial effect on the animals’ bodies due to not only their nutritional value but their medicinal properties as well.

They are allowed total freedom of movement on the endless forests and plains of Hungary, and as a result of careful wildlife management, they live an essentially undisturbed life until they are shot. The above-mentioned facts ensure that game is among the most sustainable and highest quality meats.

1Just meat, no fat

The fat content of the meat of wild animals is much lower than that of domesticated animals, which is due to the wild animals’ active lifestyle and natural diet. While the ratio of meat to fat is 80%-20% in the case of game animals, if we consider a fattier leg of mutton, this ratio may even be the opposite.

"Besides, game meat has a higher content rate of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as omega-6 and omega-3. All these can lower cholesterol levels and the risk of other chronic illnesses. Research has shown, that the composition of game meat is akin to clean, skinless chicken breast; that is, a serving of game meat contains about 110–130 calories, 2 grammes of fat and 25 grammes of protein. Besides, the meat of deer or elk contains many vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent source of iron.”

– said Dr Melina Jampolis, a nutritionist.

2Without any added hormones and antibiotics

Game meat plays a vital role in many healthy diets. One of these is the so-called Paleo diet. The followers of this diet often quote research, stating: though the effect of natural steroid hormones on human health is negligible, it still seems like the antimicrobials – used in animal husbandry – may more and more so have a negative effect on the human body.

These injections are used to stimulate the growth of animals, and they harm the gut flora of humans, moreover; they can play a role in building a resistance to antibiotics.

Thus, if we consume more game, we are doing a favour to our bodies as well. The diet of wild animals is not altered with different kinds of substances, so their meat stays healthy and flavourful.

3Unique flavour

The meat of game animals has a unique flavour. Though one might assume that flavour is subjective and opinions vary from person to person, we can confidently say that this is a misconception. Wild animals are constantly exercising, they are always on the move, and this improves their blood circulation. This heightened blood circulation improves the flavour of the meat.

It is true, that the meat of an active, wild animal is tougher and more compact than that of a less active farm animal, but it is also richer in flavour compounds. This is why experts advise, that if we cook with any type of game meat, we must take our time and prepare the meal slowly. This will result in a softer, melt-in-the-mouth dish.

4Processing

To make sure that the consumer has a reassuring, safe experience with consuming game meat, food safety and food hygiene regulations are followed from wildlife management and hunting to processing, through the whole production chain. All of our coworkers and partners are dedicated to creating high quality, unique products.

The first test begins with the observation of the living game in nature, where we inspect them to, first of all, make sure that their health conditions are adequate because this is the most basic requirement of creating a product from game meat. It is the hunter’s obligation to determine, whether the animal shows any behavioural abnormalities, or whether there are any changes in its movement or coat. After the kill, while gralloching the animal, the first examination/inspection of the carcass happens, which is done by a licensed game meat examiner who has passed an official exam. The final test of the meat’s quality is confirmed through a separate test done by a specialist in food supply veterinary medicine.

This is followed by the primary preparation of the game, where the different cuts of meat are prepared in compliance with the proper butchering techniques. There are different procedures in place for the handling of the carcasses and the handling of parts to be further processed.

Our salamis and sausages are made from the best quality meats, back bacon of free-range Hungarian pigs, and excellent spices from the Carpathian Basin and they do not contain any artificial flavourings or preservatives; their shelf-life is guaranteed by the smoke of beechwood chips.