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More Aussies cooking up a barbe-roo for Australia Day

Macro Meats, the leading producer of kangaroo meat in Australia, is preparing for its most popular holiday of the year, Australia Day, as Aussies purchase more of the lean game meat with a 21 per cent sales increase in last year’s holiday lead up*.

Macro Meats reported more than 83,000kg of kangaroo meat sold two weeks prior to last year’s Australia Day, and this year the South Australian based game meat processing company is gearing up for their biggest year yet.

“There is no better day than Australia Day to try kangaroo meat if you haven’t before,” said Managing Director for Macro Meats Ray Borda.

“Kangaroo is the healthiest, most abundant meat resource in the country and Australia Day sales are a great indicator of how aware consumers are of these qualities,” Borda continued.

The novelty of enjoying kangaroo meat comes with major health benefits in comparison to other barbecue cuts enjoyed on the national holiday. A 100g serve of kangaroo fillet provides 429kj while a 100g trim lamb steak provides 582kj. A 100g lean beef fillet contains more kilojoules than both, coming in at 608kj.

For those looking for a low-fat bun filling option, swapping a beef sausage with a Kanga Banga is a simple alternative to reducing unwanted grams of saturated fat over the long holiday weekend.  A 100g serve of the Gourmet Game Bush Tomato or Original Kanga Banga contains less than three grams of total fat.

Kangaroo meat is also an incredible source of protein, dietary zinc and B-vitamins for an added boost of goodness to the summer holiday snacking and dining.

Cooking kangaroo meat is similar to cooking any other meat and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Here are some simple tips to barbecuing the perfect kangaroo cut:

-Steaks and fillets should be cooked on high heat for approximately four minutes on each side for a medium-rare finish

-Once cooked, remove the kangaroo meat from heat and cover with foil for five minutes before serving

-Burgers and Kanga Bangas should be cooked on medium heat, turning often, until cooked through

A selection of summer ready recipes can be found online at www.gourmetgame.com.au

Macro Meats Gourmet Game is available at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and independent grocery stores nationwide.

Get social this Australia Day and share your roocepies by using the hashtag #RooDay, or spread the word by Tweeting:

“I’m making the switcheroo and eating Kangaroo from @gourmetgame this #RooDay!”

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*Internal annual sales review as of 3 December 2013

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