Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Getting Rid of Gaminess

Here are some surefire ways to get rid of gamey flavor in venison, wild boar and other game:

*marinate the raw meat for 2 hours or more (overnight works great) in apple cider or apple juice, which will also add a touch of sweetness that nicely complements wild game

*marinate in Italian dressing - in addition to eliminating gaminess, the oil in the dressing will help keep the meat tender during cooking. For a special treat, marinade in Signolia's Balsamic Vinaigrette, which will add wonderful gourmet herbs and spices

*use soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, or teriyaki sauce as a marinade for a couple of hours. Each one of these will impart its own flavor to the meat. We also really like Bone Suckin' Yaki, for its richer flavor and lower sodium content (which means it won't dry out the meat)

*marinate and cook in Greg's Happy Sauce, an all-purpose marinade and cooking sauce that was developed at a hunting camp specifically to get rid of gamey flavor in venison and keep it tender and juicy while it cooks (and it's currently on sale at the Carolina Sauce Company!)

*if "fishy" fish is your concern, simply soak the fillets in milk or buttermilk for an hour or so to extract that fishy flavor

Make sure you do all your marinating or soaking in the refrigerator, and never use marinade that touched the raw meat on your cooked "finished product"!

Zestfully yours,

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