Finally!! I am really happy to have found a supplier of oxtail. Oxtail can be cooked as a stew, as a curry or as a soup. On a chilly winters evening, oxtail makes a wonderful meal.
Many people turn their noses up at the thought of eating oxtail. They do not realise what they are missing!!
As South Africans we love eating oxtail stew and consider this as a delicacy. Although it takes several hours to cook, once cooked it is a beautiful, tender, tasty meat. I have found that preparing oxtail in a crock-pot/slow-cooker is the way to go. Using a pressure cooker is also good and significantly reduces the cooking time. Prepare the meat add the vegetables, turn on the crock-pot/slow-cooker, check after about an hour that there is enough liquid in the pot and forget about it for four hours or so. When you return you will find a beautiful meal waiting for you.
Eating oxtail has many health benefits. Like most meats oxtail contains protein and about 100g of oxtail will provide about 8g of protein. For people needing to up their fat intake, 100g of oxtail contains 79g of fat of which 29g is saturated fat.
Oxtail contains calcium, vitamin B12, iron and vitamin B6. By adding vegetables such as beans, lentils, carrots, cabbage, potato, celery, spinach etc, to the oxtail it makes a very wholesome meal.
If cooked as a bone broth, oxtail has definite benefits for your joints. The gelatin content is good for your gut, as it protects your gut and promotes good bacteria that helps with inflammation. It assists in gut detoxification by encouraging regular bowel movements due to the collagen and gelatin content. Oxtail provides some essential and non essential amino acids needed for growth, metabolism and the repair of tissue. Oxtail broth improves your immune system and helps to protect your body from common ailments such as the flu.
Eat oxtail it is good for you!!