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  •  Every day is game day here (12+ / 0-)

    we eat a lot of game.

    Dinner was simple elk burger tacos, but this afternoon I helped clean my first bird.

    It was a Canada Goose a Fish and Game guy gave me.

    First we dipped it in a pot of boiling water, and my wife pushed the feathers apart to get the water to the base of the feathers. Bird was too big for our biggest pot (5 gal) so we did it from both ends. She peeled the skin off the feet easily, and then we both just pulled on feathers and down dipping the bird back into the hot water to get all the feathers hot and wet. If they aren't wet it doesn't work.

    Pretty soon it was mostly plucked.

    Then inside in the kitchen sink she first cut out the butt hole, then off with the pope's nose, chopped the feet off at the drumstick joint and cut off the toenails. Feet are a delicacy. Cut off the leg quarters, off with the wings, scooped out guts now that the thing was smaller. Saved the liver, gizzard, intestines, broke the gall bladder by mistake and quickly rinsed the bile off, slit all the intestines up one side using a very thin knife then rinsed them off. Cut off the breast meat. I wrapped the breast meat in cling wrap, then the leg quarters, then piles of rib bones, and piles of neck and back bones, then all the soft guts and intestines. About 4 or 5 pounds of meat into the freezer. Skin and guts are to be used with one breast for when my wife's buddies come by. Bones are for soup for the family. Quite a few meals from one goose. I think most hunters simply shuck out the breasts and call it a day. Not us, not every day one gets all that clean meat, especially intestines, and good skin.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:33:21 PM PST

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