Deer fat, venison tallow, whatever you call it, this is the stuff of controversy. A great many sources, including some trusted ones, say it’s inedible. Others, including me, have long said it can be damn tasty. Here’s some science behind both claims.
It’s occurred to me that there is a lot of misinformation out there about purging the sand from clams. I’ve been doing it for many, many years and here is how I do it, and what you need to know to do it yourself at home.
Geese are not ducks, nor is goose hunting like duck hunting. Geese are far tougher to fool, far tougher to kill. But when it all works, there is nothing else that thrills me more. I had such a hunt last week.
Yep. You heard right. Crispy, light as air. Chicharrons, a/k/a pork rinds. Only these are made from fish skin. Once you learn how to make them, you will never throw away fish skin again. Ever.
I’ve made acorn flour for years, in several different methods, and I’ve settled on this particular method — a cold process that takes a few days to leach out the bitter tannins in the acorns, but leaves them with more flavor and preserves some of the key starches in the nuts.
Cutting up a squirrel for cooking is a lot like cutting up a rabbit, but there are enough differences to warrant these step by step instructions. Never eaten squirrel? Think chicken thigh… if the chicken had been eating nuts its whole life.
This is my favorite way to eat zucchini: It’s an old Sicilian method where you dry the zukes and then saute them with oil, chile and mint. I grow zucchini almost solely for this recipe.
Butterflying, also known as splitting or kiting a fish, is a basic skill you will want to know, especially when dealing with smaller fish. It keeps the fish whole but largely debones it. The technique is ideal for either quick pan frying or for stuffing the fish, in this case a trout.