Hey there! In this episode of the Hunt Gather Talk podcast, I bring in a guest — my friend Joe Keough of Ohio — to talk about something near and dear to both of us: exotic proteins.
Joe and I first met several years ago online, and we cemented our friendship chasing squirrels and talking about our love for the unloved. Joe’s a trapper, and has on occasion FedEx’d me oddities like muskrats, beavers, and our mutual friend Dr. Norm even sent me a snapping turtle. Both of us routinely eat off the beaten track, and we talk about some of these unloved animals in this hour-long episode: How to catch them, process and eat them. In many cases you need some special knowledge to make these critters taste good, and we do our best to provide that.
Here are some links to the topics we talk about in today’s podcast:
- A recipe for Creole Turtle Soup, with the story of an odd package in the mail…
- Gigging frogs in California, and a recipe for French Fried Frog Legs
- How to clean a frog
- How to cook and handle javelina
- Mexican barbacoa, the very best thing to make when you have beaver hindquarters
- Joe and I love to eat pigeons. Here is a whole slew of pigeon recipes.
- Most people reading this don’t think of bears as an exotic protein, but many people in North America certainly do. Here is an essay about the eating of black bears along with a recipe for Siberian pelmeni dumplings, a traditional Russian dish made with brown bear meat.
And if you want to hear more from Joe, he is one of the co-hosts on the radio show Inside the Great Outdoors, Sundays at 7 a.m. on WHK AM 1420 in Northeast Ohio.