Now... if you've never cleaned a bear before for consumption there is a little known trick to the trade ... get off all the fat you can before cooking it. There's nothing worse tasting, as far as I'm concerned than bear fat... BUT... properly prepared bear meat is rather tasty. I would say it's very comparable to beef... but a richer flavor. It's good eating if it's taken care of during the butchering process. I eat it ... but I'm still not a huge fan of it. The rest of my family loves it though ... so I do cook it when they request it.
We spent a good deal of time on cleaning the meat for canning ~ only to have a horrible mishap during the process. Now... I'm blaming this one on Dear Hubby and Dear Hubby alone. When I can anything I do it outside on my deck with our turkey cooker. I use the base for my heating unit ~ because it heats so hot I can bring my canner up to boil in a short amount of time... BUT... there's a drawback to using the turkey cooker... it heats so much hotter than a conventional stove burner ... therefore, you have to be sure to turn the heat down when it comes to a boil OR your water will evaporate out of the canner before the cooking process time is done. If you forget this step ... of turning it down once it comes to a hard boil ... you will have broken jars and a huge mess. Well... guess what we got?
We were busy in the kitchen, peeling apples and making up pies for the freezer, seven of them to be exact... when Slim says, "oh $#!+" ... "I forgot to turn the canner down!"
Four of the bottoms of the glass jars broke and got glass into the meat and it was all ruined. So we only ended up with 3 jars of meat after all that work.
I guess I'll forgive him ... because he was helping me too at the time with the pies ... and I'd rather have apple pie than bear meat ... but it was still such a waste. I did feel bad about the whole incident ... and I know Slim really felt bad about it. Thankfully, he still has his meat that we put in the freezer.
Until next time...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.
P.S. Check out today's recipe ~ it's the easiest one yet! Mock Salted Nut Roll