Game meat can be intimidating to work with if you are unfamiliar with it or haven’t cooked it yourself before. There is lots of delicious parts of wild game that get thrown out because people are unsure how to prepare them or uncomfortable trying them. Here are the top 3 wild game cooking mistakes and how to avoid them:
3 Overcooking It
It’s easy to overcook tough cuts of game meat and end up with a dry inedible dinner. Which means all your hard work will be a waste. Pay close attention to cooking times and check the temperature often. You can help break on tough cuts of meat by brining or marinating for 4-6 hours them before cooking. You can also use a pressure cooker to help breakdown tough cuts of meat and reduce cooking time.
2 Skin and Clean Wild Game As Soon As Possible
The sooner you can clean and butcher your game the better. Be sure to remove the glands right away and wash your hands before you start butchering the meat. This will cut down on the chance of the meat having a musky smell and taste.
1 Only Eating the Breast and Discarding the Rest
You are missing out on other great sources of protein that are delicious too if you prepare them correctly. Don’t let the organ meat, bones, and other scrap meats go to waste. Use them to make a hearty stock that you can use for other recipes.
Game meat can be intimidating at first, but don’t be afraid to experiment and try new techniques. You might find different parts of meat that you like even better than breast meat. To get started, try swapping out game meat in your favorite recipes to get used to cooking and the different taste.