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    Default Gamey taste

    Lets throw this out for discussion, now that the freezer is full of meat.
    The wife refuses to eat any game meat. Hows the best way to prepare ones game to reduce a gamey taste?

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    Default Try this

    What kind of meat is it? Not all game meat is gamey.

    But stews and marinades are a thing to look at. I had a caribou a few years back that was a little gamey, and I used rubs and it turned out fine.

    Had sheep backstraps last night and this to me is better then beef.

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    Other than caribou in rut, and older rutty, tough, moose and muskox, I've never had any game meat that I thought was "gamey".
    If you've taken good care of the meat, kept it clean, didn't spill urine from the bladder on it............etc. there shouldn't be anything really gamey about it.
    Hopefully you have cut it similiar to beef, i.e. steaks, roasts, stew meat, etc. Did you grind any for burger? Whatever you have, try cooking it like beef, or if you have a fat black bear, cook it like pork. Marinade, BBQ, fry, broil, season it, whatever.
    I recently put some fat moose ribs on the grill. Brushed on BBQ sauce before I put em on. They were so fat that they kept catching on fire. I ended up burning the exterior layer and some of the fat. But once I scraped off the crispy part..................MAN.........that was GOOD meat.
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    Default Coke

    Marinate a steak overnight on Coca-Cola then gril it no more than medium rare. Something in the Coke tenderizes the meat and the very slight sweet taste is pretty good.

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    Default Could be gamey if?

    Vension can be gamy if left to hang too long, at too warm of temp. I cut mine up at first chance, sometimes the next day, if its warm out, if its close to freezing i might wait a few days. The longer it hangs, the tenderer it going to be, but this will add favor to the meat. My wife does not like the gamey favor so I do things like cut my burger with ground beef or beef suet. Also if the animal was running or ran for a long time after being shot will add gamey favor to the meat.
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    Default cooking Gamely Meat

    When you cook it use Garlic and Onions. This will take all the gamely flavor out. Has worked for years for me.

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    Default cooling

    Some of the best moose I have had was after it had been cooled rapidly in the field. I knocked a decent bull down next to a COLD mountain stream. After we quartered the animal, we dropped the quarters into a deep pool and let them soak there for about an hour. They were ICE cold when we bagged them up. The meat was incredible!

    As far as how to tone down a "gamey" animal after it is in the freezer..... I think it will take marinades like already mentioned. I have also heard soaking overnight in beer or milk will help.
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    Smile Gaminess

    1) Trim away all visible fat, connective tissue, and membranes.

    2) Thaw it by putting it in the fridge a day or two ahead of time instead of leaving it out on the counter. In a pinch, thaw it in cold running water. Either way, don't let it warm up pat 40 degrees until it's in the pan/on the grill.

    3) Assuming the meat was in good shape when you froze it (not pushing the envelope on freshness) cook only to medium-rare. The longer you cook red meat, the more "livery" the flavor.

    4) Generally speaking, recipes that are good for lamb work well for wild game.

    5) If you like spicy food, try vindaloo. The meat from this year's deer was almost too mild to stand up next to the other flavors. And besides, I love Indian food.

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    There is a product called Game Tame that is great for wild game of all kinds. Makes game really tender and has great flavor. Have used for bear, venison, dove, and goose.

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    Mauser said it best especially #1.

    Other suggestions:
    1. Don't tell the wife it's game.
    2. Get a new wife
    3. Share it with your friends (I'll give you my phone number)
    4. And what ever you do don't throw it in a dumpster!!!
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    Default Try This

    The old marten trappers used to have a problem with getting their sled dogs to eat the marten carcasses. But after a couple days with no rations they thought they tasted great...and no more problems until next season.

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    I like maineguides suggestion #2. If that don't work, I think martyv hit the nail on the head..............hahahaha.............good one marty.
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    Default Explain Gamey

    Is beef Beefy? Is lamb Lamby? Is chicken Chickeny or foul?

    To me it is just another flavor. Each animal has it's own flavor.

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    Default Bulgogi

    If your missus likes oriental food, here's a Korean dish my family likes. Figure on 2 lbs of meat.

    Marinate strips in...
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup soy sauce
    1/2 cup sesame oil
    1/4 cup sesame seeds
    1/4 cup sliced green onions
    4 minced garlic cloves (ya know the little pieces off a bunch of garlic)
    Shake in some crushed red peppers if you like it spicy
    BBQ the strips and lay them over the rice
    Spoon leftover marinade (boiled) over the rice

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    Default game meat

    After cutting in steaks or strips, whichever is happening at the time, I soak most game meat in cold stalty water and drain, then repeat 2 or 3 times which removes most blood and gamey taste.

    Marinade is your choice, depending on what you like, pan fry in butter & onions and use some Johnny's seasoning....

    I also like Soy Vay's Very Teriaki as a marinade for duck meat

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    Default get the hide off and cool it down

    I find the sooner you skin an animal and cool it down the better it tastes. I have used the marinade in coke method and I also use mt dew any thing with acid or citrus in it works. I cook my venison on high heat on a BBQ for 6 minutes per side. Some of the rubs and injectable marinades from eastmans get the gamey flavor out as well

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    Default Icy Salt Water

    When I lived in warmer climates, I shot all my deer with a bow mostly so the weather was too warm to hang meat. So I used to soak the quarters in icy salt water for a few days then butcher. Takes alot blood out of the meat and tenderizes as well. Most people didn't realize it was venison until I told them. Up here, I haven't had the need but the cool mountain stream or lake as suggested would be a substitute technique.

    If your meat is gamey out of the freezer, I found milk, yogurt or Italian dressing all do a good job.

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    Default Gamey taste

    Dont know about other animals but in southeast here with the deer the fat is gamey and bitter. trimming the fat may remove the bitter tatse some animals get.

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    Cool Hit & Miss

    Don't want to hijack the thread, but SE deer are actually kind of hit & miss on the fat. My family has taken three bucks off Baranof island: all clean one-shot kills, all fell right down. All three immediately quartered and hung and tended by the same three guys. All cooked by the same guys. One of 'em had gamey fat, and the other two it's all I can do to stop myself from frying the fat down a little and eating it all by itself.

    Go figure.

    Still, if the fat's funky on your particular animal, trim it off of there before you cook it.

    And enjoy.

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    Two ways I have doen this

    One is to soak it overnight in milk. I also do this with fish.

    Next allot of salt and vinagar mixed with water. The salt will draw the blood out if any and the vinager get rid of the gamey taste. Rinse it with clean water before cooking.
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