Keep frozen. Elk Cooking Tip: Low and slow. Durham Ranch Elk has a naturally deep red color that is much darker than beef, so when cooked to medium, it will look rare, and if it looks a pink medium it is actually well done. Try using a blackberry, pepper & vermouth sauce for an earthy sweet addition that will take dark fleshed game like elk and venison to new heights. Safe Handling Instructions: This product was prepared from inspected and passed meat and/or poultry. Some food products may contain bacteria that could cause illness if the product is mishandled or cooked improperly. For your protection, follow these safe handling instructions. Keep refrigerated or frozen. Thaw in refrigerator or microwave. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods. Wash working surfaces (including cutting boards), utensils and hands after touching raw meat or poultry. Cook thoroughly. Keep hot foods hot. Refrigerate leftovers immediately or discard.