Author Hank Shaw has piece for North American Whitetail called What Every Hunter Needs to Know About Venison Nutrition. Of particular interest two paragraphs dealing with fat:
I know, you’ve been taught to trim every bit of fat off your venison. I’m sorry to inform you, for the most part you’ve been taught wrong. In my experience, venison fat typically tastes a lot like lamb or beef fat, which is rather delicious when crisped up on the grill or in the oven. The exception is deer from truly wild areas where there is a lot of sagebrush or desert food sources. Fat from these deer can certainly be off-tasting.
But there’s a simple way to determine whether or not you need to trim or keep your venison fat. Start by cutting off a few ounces and then chop it up. Put a little water in a small frying pan and set the fat in it. Heat the water until it boils. This will render the fat. Smell it. If the fat smells OK—either lamb-like or beefy—you are good to go. If it smells awful, trim it. Your nose will not fail you.
Taste experiments that we have performed come to similar conclusions. We have sampled pure venison fat raw off the animal, cooked, rendered, repurposed and even used in mincemeat pies. Even though many hunters will swear that venison fat taste “bad”, many from this camp could not tell you the last time that they actually tried it, assuming they ever have in the first place. Read the full article.
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Mixing the fresh herby greens to the regular pig slop adds fiber to the pigs’ diet and reportedly gave the meat a more savory bite. Von Schneidau hopes to do a blind taste test soon to compare pot-fed pork’s flavor with the traditional variety. He currently has a pot prosciutto curing at BB Ranch, if you’re curious for a taste.
Saturated fats are benign with regard to inflammatory effects, as are the MUFAs. The meager effect that saturated fats have on serum cholesterol levels when modest but adequate amounts of polyunsaturated oils are included in the diet, and the lack of any clear evidence that saturated fats are promoting any of the conditions that can be attributed to PUFA makes one wonder how saturated fats got such a bad reputation in the health literature. The influence of dietary fats on serum cholesterol has been overstated, and a physiological mechanism for saturated fats causing heart disease is still missing.
Various aldehydes produced in the oxidation of PUFAs, as well as sugars, are known to initiate or augment several diseases, such as cancer, inflammation, asthma, type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction. Saturated fats per se may not be responsible for many of the adverse health effects with which they have been associated; instead, oxidation of PUFAs in those foods may be the cause of any associations that have been found. Consequently, the dietary recommendations to restrict saturated fats in the diet should be revised to reflect differences in handling before consumption, e.g., dairy fats are generally not heated to high temperatures. It is time to reevaluate the dietary recommendations that focus on lowering serum cholesterol and to use a more holistic approach to dietary policy.
If you’re serious about being a great cook and producing a consistent product, brining is a technique you should not only use, but need to understand in intimate detail. Brining can be a complex subject, which is why this extensive resource page was created.
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Lots of BBQ news today: 10 BBQ Joints that are worth a day trip from Memphis. (You’ll notice the Go Carnivore favorite, Helen’s BBQ, on the list. Texas Monthly released their much anticipated list of the Top 50 BBQ Joints. Talkin’ grilling with Steven Raichlen, boss of the BBQ. HandleTheHeat.com has a recipe for the “Best” BBQ Ribs. Speaking of BBQ, here are some tips for Bowhunting Wild Hogs.
Unlawful Endurance Eating, which is a “sport” where the participant enters a grocery store and eats as much food as they can possibly consume before leaving, is sweeping the nation.
Michael Ruhlman settles the matter of salt intake in this short rant, America has a serious eating disorder.
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Is it ok to leave butter out on the kitchen counter? Chow.com has the answer.
How long can you store rendered fat? Answer here. I have found that duck fat stores fine in the fridge for about a year.
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Springs Squirrel season is a “oddball” season available in certain states (especially many of the Southern states) that few hunters take advantage of. The primary reason that so few hunters take advantage of Spring Squirrel hunting seems to be because of the heat and/or competition with time spent fishing. The other factor is because Spring squirrel hunting can be quite difficult due to the amount of available cover in the woods as well as limited movement of the squirrels due to the heat. For Spring squirrel hunting, you will find most of the movement before 10 am and during the last hour of light. Much of the food that the squirrels consume this time of year is found in the trees, therefore, squirrels are not on the ground raiding their caches of acorns like they are in the Winter. In my home state of Tennessee, for example, some of the old timers refer to Spring Squirrel season as “Mulberry season” since the squirrels can often be found hitting the mulberry trees.
Since hunting Urban, Suburban and semi urban squirrels is almost an entirely different type of hunting than woods squirrels, I will address these separately.
Urban Squirrels exhibit a very high tolerance for human activity and often do not perceive you as a threat unless you get very close. Because urbanites often only have encounters with neighborhood and park squirrels, they conclude that squirrel hunting must be a very easy task. True, hunting backyard squirrels can be relatively easy, though, you should check your local ordinances and state laws regarding the discharge of rifles, shotguns and air guns before hunting in this setting. Likewise, your state game laws still apply unless of course you are killing squirrels for depredation reasons, in which case, you should check your state game laws dealing with that particular matter.Chances are, if you are hunting backyard squirrels within city limits, you will be using a air gun. Your childhood BB Gun is hardly sufficient for this task. You will need a airgun capable of the following feet per second speeds:
575fps – 8.2gr pellet
435fps – 14.5gr pellet
Ethical range of 20-30 yards.
Many experienced air gun hunters consider this to be the absolute minium specs for hunting small game. Realistically, 750+ fps is what you need and 1200+ is ideal. The grain of the pellet is almost as much of a consideration as the FPS rating. Take note that the cost of a airgun capable of ethically killing squirrels may be less expensive than a cheap .22 caliber rimfire rifle. Yes, you read that correctly: You’re $40 BB Gun is not suited for hunting. If you have no background with airguns or airgun hunting, you will need to do further esearch on the subject.
Rural Squirrels live in a entirely different realties than your backyard squirrels as they are potential prey for a host of predators and perceive humans every bit the same threat as a Bobcat or Hawk. Because of this, stalking up on squirrels can be a very difficult task. Add to the complications of Spring Squirrel season the fact that the squirrels have an immense amount of cover which they can easily disappear into, and you’ll find your best bet is to either sit still, or have a clear path or creek bed that on which you can silently walk .For hunting in the Spring woods, a shotgun is really best weapon for the task as it is very difficult to get off clear shots with rifles due to the amount of available cover. .410s are sufficient, 20 gauges are fine as are 12 gauges. You will find varying opinions on the matter of pellet size, but you should keep in mind that Squirrels have very tough hides. My personal preference is for a minimum of #6 shotsize.
You might also consider different choke tubes. Some hunters I know have experienced tremendous success using turkey chokes and aiming for the tips of their noses. Note that this is not ideal for shots that are extremely close, say inside of 10 yards.
States with Spring Squirrel seasons (note: any information should be cross referenced with the respective state agency.)
Alaska (no closed season)
Arizona (zone dependent)
Recipe: Squirrel Hunter’s Breakfast.
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- Another one of those “Best BBQ” lists.… and why some of these “best of” lists are suspect.
- Stephen Colbert mocks Carolina BBQ.
- New Study: Hunting originated 2 million years ago. “Considered in total, this study provides important early archaeological evidence for meat eating, hunting and scavenging behaviors -cornerstone adaptations that likely facilitated brain expansion in human evolution, movement of hominins out of Africa and into Eurasia, as well as important shifts in our social behavior, anatomy and physiology,” Ferraro said.
- Swimming Wild Turkey.
- Roasted Bear in the slow cooker recipe.
- The merits of butchering your own deer.
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