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26 Feb

Curry Spiced Kangaroo Loin with Savory Coconut Cauliflower

cookedkangaroo1There might be some of you out there who can’t imagine eating a kangaroo because of something called the “cute factor.” It’s true that most advertisements promoting tourism Down Under feature kangaroos so cuddly-looking that the last thing on your mind is throwing one on the barbie. Most people just want to catch a glimpse of a kangaroo hopping around in its natural habitat. The odds of this are pretty good; kangaroos are year-round, prolific breeders. In fact, there are so many kangaroos hopping around in Australia that commercial harvesting of the species is necessary to keep the ecosystem in balance. Given these circumstances it makes sense to eat the meat rather than letting it go to waste – luckily, it’s tastier than you might imagine.

Rich and slightly sweet with only a hint of gaminess, high in protein, zinc and iron and always free range (there is no farming of kangaroos in Australia) kangaroo meat is becoming more and more popular within Australia and beyond. Although eating kangaroo may be new to many people, it is nothing out of the ordinary for Australia’s Indigenous peoples, who have hunted kangaroos for thousands of years.

Primary cuts of kangaroo are the loin, fillet and rump. Like most game meat, kangaroo is low in fat and tastes best when cooked to medium rare over high heat. The meat is a deep red color and it retains some of this redness even when cooked past medium rare, so it can be a little tricky to gauge when it’s done. It’s helpful to have a meat thermometer to take the guesswork out of cooking game meat like kangaroo to perfection.

To spice up the flavor of kangaroo we’ve rubbed it with a simple mixture of salt and curry powder. You can also play around with other spices in your kitchen, as the relatively mild flavor of the meat can be enhanced by just about any blend.  Contrasting the richness of the kangaroo loin is a side of cauliflower flavored with coconut and spiked with lime juice and green onions. Forget the steamer, this cauliflower is sassy.

Kangaroo exported to countries outside of Australia is usually vacuum-sealed and sold frozen. Talk to your local butcher about bringing some in for you, or search for a butcher that regularly carries wild game.

Ingredients:

Approx. 4-6 servings

loiningredients
  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds of kangaroo loin (if frozen, defrost the day before in the refrigerator and set out 1/2 hour before cooking)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
caulifloweringredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (you can run coconut flakes in the food processor to shred it)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 head of cauliflower, grated or finely chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions:

Mix together 3 tablespoons of olive oil plus salt and curry powder. Rub all over the outside of the kangaroo loins.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add kangaroo loin and cook until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until meat is medium rare (130-135 degrees F). Kangaroo can also be finished in an oven preheated to 400 degrees, or skip the stove altogether and grill the loins.

Let meat rest 5-10 minutes then slice and sprinkle sea salt on top.

To make cauliflower, warm 3 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes, then add the shredded coconut. Continue to sauté until the coconut is nicely browned.

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Add the coconut milk and cauliflower and mix well. Reduce heat to medium, cover with a lid and cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower reaches desired texture.

Add the lime juice and green onions. Mix well then add sea salt to taste.

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  1. Haha kangaroo.. that’s an animal I’m gonna have to try sometime.

    Looks tasty too

    Kris wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • Or…

      Looks tasty, Roo.

      (Bad-a-bum…Pish!)

      Michael Maier wrote on February 27th, 2011
  2. Mmm, kangaroo. Never tried it, don’t know if I can find it here, but will try! Looks yummy and sounds delicious!

    Elise (Healing Cuisine) wrote on February 26th, 2011
  3. Kangaroo… really? I would LOVE to try some. I wonder if the butcher at Costco would comply?

    Primal Toad wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • If you request it they should be able to supply it. Ask for Aussie Blokes Kangaroo as it is from Queensland, Australia. Be careful, as not all Kangaroo is Wild. Some Kangaroo in the USA is farm raised and does not have the same nutritional benefits and the Wild Queensland Kangaroo’s. Even the Queensland Kangaroo differs from the South Australian Kangaroo even though the are the same species of Kangaroo.

      Wayne wrote on November 15th, 2013
  4. I’m sure there are many online resources. This is the first one I came across. http://www.exoticmeatsandmore.com

    They have a few interesting things.

    Real food matters wrote on February 26th, 2011
  5. My twin brothers name is Joey, I might feel a little bad about this one.

    Gary Deagle wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • Lame, lame, lame comment.

      Charles wrote on April 28th, 2011
  6. Being from Australia, and having eaten Kangaroo I give this post the thumbs up!
    Some higher end restaurants there serve it, but it is still kind of rare to find.

    What was really sweet was at my high school we had 4 houses with different animal mascots: Dingo, Kangaroo, Shark, Crocodile. I was in the Dingo House. So on our “house day” at school we had a BBQ and cooked up Kangaroo, Crocodile and Shark and ate em :D

    Also because we had a high aboriginal and torres strait islander population at my school we also had an ATSI day where they made their traditional dishes cooked underground all morning and served them for $1 for lunch for fundraising. I always hit that up too!

    Earthspirit wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • Hm i forgot to mention the “houses” were sporting houses were we would compete against each other for points and the house at the end of the year got special perks. So I had a pretty good “primal” high school experience with lots of sports and eating native foods

      Earthspirit wrote on February 26th, 2011
      • Man, Aussies are so COOL!

        Kariberry wrote on September 11th, 2012
    • G’Day Mate, I am from Australia as well!
      We are now over here selling Kangaroo for Aussie Blokes in Florida. I’ve got to ask, are you a maroon’s supporter?

      Wayne wrote on November 15th, 2013
  7. Got some kangaroo in the freezer, been wondering what to do with it, thanks!

    rob wrote on February 26th, 2011
  8. I had kangaroo once: at an Australian restaurant in Dresden, Germany. It was delicious! So was the crocodile….

    Skeeter's Mom wrote on February 26th, 2011
  9. Kangaroo is quite good. It needs some strong sturdy flavors served up with it. I occasionally buy “kanga bangas” (roo sausages) and those would be delicious with sauerkraut.

    Shelli wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • I wouldn’t eat the kanga bangas, last I checked they had preservatives in them. Would only go for the kanga steaks or fillets.

      Harri P wrote on November 6th, 2013
  10. Kangaroo sounds interesting. I know you guys loved the crocodile, I live in south louisiana, and we eat alligator, and it is amazing.

    Jerry wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • Yes it is, and for the uninitiated, you want to eat it the same day you cook it. Leftover gator is… bleh.

      I don’t let the cute factor stop me from eating something. Cows are actually cute. So are rabbits, but I’ve eaten rabbit. No biggie. As long as the animal’s not abused that’s the best I can ask for.

      Dana wrote on February 27th, 2011
  11. Ooooh…oooh…oohh…remember the rumours back in the 70’s that Mcdonalds’ hamburgers were cut with kangaroo meat?

    Shelli wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • Better than what they *actually* cut them with.

      Dana wrote on February 27th, 2011
    • I always heard they were cut with mealworms. But mealworms are more expensive than grain fed beef.

      Luther wrote on March 8th, 2011
    • Wouldn’t you rather a meat that is under 2% fat and has ZERO trans fat? if only McDonalds would make this rumor true, there would be a lot of kids and Adults that could have an opportunity to eat much healthier than they currently are.

      Wayne wrote on November 15th, 2013
  12. Daily Apple you truly shouldnt believe all the propaganda from the kangaroo industry. Of course theyre going to tell you that there’s lots of kangaroos and that they breed prolifically etc etc etc. However you should do your research first to find out the facts. Kangaroos actually breed very slowly at one joey per year which has a mortality rate of more than 50%. Kangaroos are also at very low densities due to drought and commercial killing. Across most of Australia they are critical at less than five per sqkm. They have declined by 55% since 2001. Since the fires and floods this is likely to be even less.
    You obviously also havent looked closely at how humane it is. The RSPCA has reported that the joeys are not killed humanely and the clubbing to death and decapitation of pouch young as well as the orphaning of young at foot is so cruel the RSPCA has remommended the industry doesnt kill females. Of course they continue to do so. Dont believe the myths. Kangaroos are the victims of the world’s largest and possibly cruelest land based wildlife slaughter. Please dont support it.

    Australian Society for Kangaroos wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • I don’t doubt that kangaroo populations are at less than 5 per sqkm across the whole country – most of Australia is desert where these grass eating animals (or much else) couldn’t live at any density. The population density for people across Australia is about 2.8 per sqkm – stats can be as misleading as they are illuminating.

      The concern about the roo population is for those areas where the population density is much higher. Around Canberra (Australia’s capital city) where I live I see many kangaroos literally every day, and often have to avoid hitting them with my car when travelling at dawn or dusk (no always successfully unfortunately). I live in the suburbs, though in Canberra everywhere is pretty close to bushland. And you can always tell when times are hard because the road kill roos start showing up in the city streets, as they come looking for food in irrigated park lands and yards. Here’s a picture I took of a roo in the car park at my place of work (a government department): http://www.flickr.com/photos/60012480@N03/?saved=1

      Australia is a land of boom and bust environment wise – we’ve just come out of 10 years of drought, and now we have flooding rain in lots of places. Yes, kangaroos breed more slowly when the times are hard (and actually can put development of a foetus on hold until better conditions). And they breed pretty successfully when conditions improve, and suffer when times get hard again. Agreed the problems arise when people are added to the mix – we fence pasture, restricting movement (though kangaroos are amazing jumpers, high fences will restrict them) and we tend to find animals starving to death distressing (which is the inevitable result of the boom and bust environment of Australia). People aren’t going anywhere, and so culling is probably the most humane way to go. Agreed it needs to be humane (as should all animal slaughter).

      There’s actually an argument for farming roos, given they do much less environmental damage than introduced species such as cattle and sheep – hooves are bad for the fragile Australian landscape. I’ll opt for wild though – I just know they’d feed them grains if farming roos for the table :-)

      Rachel wrote on February 27th, 2011
    • According to Wikipedia (which I realize is not the final source on anything), the larger roos are not at all endangered. It depends on which kind you are talking about.

      It’d be stupid for an industry whose existence is based upon the harvesting of an animal to go ahead and do things that cause the animal’s extinction. At one time hunters did that but we know better now.

      Dana wrote on February 27th, 2011
  13. Hey mate you truly shouldn’t believe the propaganda from the australian society for kangaroos. of course they’re going to tell you that theres no kangaroos and that they’ve been smashed by droughts etc etc. Well actually the population has dropped since 2001, this is the whole idea of the harvest (isn’t it). kangaroos are prolific breeders and i am sure they’re numbers will boom over here now that the droughts have broken. This is like the whole mulesing saga. Farmers don’t do mulesing to fill some sadistic urge to cut stips of skin off a defenceless animal, which takes them hours if not days to do and is a not what they would rather spend their time doing. They do it to ensure the sheep don’t get flyblown (which is truly inhumane). Likewise the kangaroo harvest is not just some wild blood hungry hunt. its just a bunch of blokes trying to make a living filling a quota that government agencies regulate. i have been on many “roo shooting” trips and have never seen inhumane treatment of these animals.
    It would be disrespectul to the kangaroo, an ultimate survivor if we did not eat the meat. the popultion control will allways be there, officially or unofficially. so lets support a professional industry that doesnt waste possibly the most environementaly friendly meat in the world.

    Brad Bacon wrote on February 26th, 2011
  14. Im interested as to what agenda Australian Society for Kangaroos has to lie about the situation? We are not a profit driven industry like the kangaroo industry.
    You can go to our website and see the govt data that shows kangaroos at densities of less than five per sqkm across the most of the country, which has been defined as “quasi extinct”. The kangaroo industry is the one with a need to use propaganda as they have an industry to protect. Not really sure what Australian Society for Kangaroos sets to gain out of lying to people about the current status of kangaroos.
    You can also visit the website which proves that the RSPCA has found significant cruelty associated with the killing and orphaning of joeys by the industry.http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/publications/kangaroo-report/welfare.html

    I am interested in your data which proves kangaroos breed prolifically as they only data I can find is that they breed very slowly and have a high mortality rate. And if you believe that a decline of 55% in kangaroo numbers is something that shows the industry is doing a good job, I feel very concerned. I am also interested in what position you hold within the industry that you feel the need to defend it so staunchly.

    Australian Society for Kangaroos wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • You need to learn a few things about animal population management. There’s such a thing as too many kangaroos. We have a situation like that here with whitetail deer. We actually have yahoos saying that hunting deer is wrong, but since there aren’t enough non-human predators to keep their population in check, if we didn’t hunt them they would starve.

      Dana wrote on February 27th, 2011
    • You do not have to be driven by profit to have an agenda. In fact profit is a transparent agenda, unlike your agenda which is based in your assumption that all human beings should conform to your view of the world.

      Wow – less than 5 per square Km…. you keep repeating this, and yet you do not offer ANY further information for context. The people that follow your tripe may be silly enough to fall for this “statistic”, but the more intelligent of us (usually meat eaters – as eating meat is what allowed us to evolve the cognitive functions you choose to waste) are wary of a single statistic that is NO DOUBT true, but means nothing. There are 2.6 HUMANS per square kilometre in Australia, and no doubt you would say there are TOO many of us!!!

      Even at your supposed “quasi-extinct” densities of 3.3 skippies per square kilometre across 68% of NSW this is FAR from extinct!!!

      For ANY species to be near extinction on a island/continent of 7,682,300 square kilometres, there would have to be a population under say 1,000,000 – which would mean a density of 0.13 per square kilometre!!!

      Based on your stats there are over 35 MILLION kangaroos in Australia (35 mill = 4.56 per square kilometre).

      Just because you object to the eating of meat, and/or have some distorted belief that kangaroos are special on the food chain, you make up crap about slaughtered joeys etc.

      You like to use government facts – well the Australian government has pointed out that kangaroos numbers have INCREASED since European settlement, and this is quite logical as we have logged forests and created farming land that suits kangaroos to graze on. We also exterminated many of their natural predators in most areas of Australia – the most prevalent of these being the Australian indigenous people, who used Kangaroo meat as a major protein source. You CONVENIENTLY ignore these FACTS, because it does not suit your distorted view of reality.

      Even in 1996 the number of Kangaroos was about 26 MILLION… clearly all that culling is DRIVING them to the brink of extinction!!! WHAT a JOKE your organisation is.

      The issue is bleed hearts like you preach this garbage, and you ignore the fact that Kangaroos in these numbers compete with other SMALLER native animals for the food available, especially during drought periods.

      You pick ONE animal that suits your sensibilities, and try and “protect” it, and do not consider the IMPACT your misguided “protection” of the environment causes to other species.

      Kangaroos EVOLVED in Australia with canine AND human predators. Their populations were naturally controlled by this. Additionally the natural ratio of grass lands was much lower, and irrigation of farm lands has INCREASED the water sources for these animals.

      The CONSUMPTION of kangaroo meat is actually the MOST ecologically and environmentally sound approach to rebalancing this distortion of the natural order.

      There has NO DOUBT been examples of cruel killing of these animals, but this is the exception NOT the rules – especially for farmed animals (WHY would a farmed kill the NEXT generation of “product”!?).

      The spears through their bodies and the canine attacks would have been FAR less “humane” than the approach taken by modern farming and hunting techniques.

      I hold NO position in the kangaroo industry (isn’t funny how your type always jumps to the conclusion that anyone that disagrees with you must be motivated by profit!). If you read my posts on here you will see I ALWAYS object to psuedo-science and the feeble use of “stats” to support an argument when they are used to distort and confuse. I ALWAYS rip people like you a new one – regardless of their political or social views.

      I do this, because I abhor the use of smoke and mirrors to sway people that lack complete information. All the stats and numbers I just used were found in the minutes since I started writing this reply. I simply want others on here to not be left thinking you and your organisation are being transparent with the facts.

      I want people to make up their own mind, based on FACTS, not based on “quasi-facts” brewed up in your head to support your social cause, and then wrapped up in a FAKE environmental issue to make people think you are being objective.

      If after this people decide you are right – I do not care. I just think it is FAIR that they have access to MORE than just a SINGLE stat repeated over and over, that actually doesn’t show anything other than there are actually a CRAPLOAD of these animals hopping around Australia.

      Your agenda is SIMPLE – you get donations (even not for profits run on MONEY) from people swayed by your propaganda that would make Joseph Goebbels blush. Your “reason for being” is based on people believing your tripe. You have a much more sinister reason than profit as your agenda. At least people that are motivated by profit, your agenda is social engineering. You want everyone to believe your distorted view of NATURE and how nature REALLY works.

      In doing so you will distort the FACTS to make those that have little to no facts believe you. You will also do this REGARDLESS of the TRUE environmental damage your view of the world causes.

      I bet you also oppose controlled back burning of native forest/bush-lands. That “environmental” view is at odds with what native Australians did for up to 100,000 years (at most recent estimate of their time on this island/continent). As a result we had the fires like those in Victoria, which ended up KILLING not only people, but THOUSANDS of animals. WHOLE populations were wiped out due to the speed and ferocity of those fires. Yet the “environmentalists” that pushed for those policies banning controlled burning will NEVER take responsibility for that environmental damage.

      Here endeth the rant…

      Everyone – EAT kangaroo, the Australian flora AND fauna NEEDS your help.

      LukeinOz wrote on March 1st, 2011
      • And if the kangaroo population does decline, you still have 2.6 humans to eat within a kilometer.

        Allbeef Patty wrote on March 1st, 2011
        • :-)

          LukeinOz wrote on March 1st, 2011
  15. Mark,

    Off topic, but the RSS feed for MDA is not working for the past 3 days. Could you have it checked – something from your end, tried several different computers and readers.

    Resurgent wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • Uggh! Sorry about that. I should have it fixed by tomorrow. Thank you for pointing it out.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 27th, 2011
  16. Australian Society for Kangaroos—> why are you on this site? If we wanted Vegans on the site protesting to meat eaters we would post about it.

    YES Kangaroos are a pest and in the outback run huge numbers. As a hunter myself they cause huge damage to ranchers and farm owners.

    Take your BS elsewhere!!!!

    Jason wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • I think they’re full of crap because roo have always been hunted and it’d be silly to let them get too numerous especially with the decline in dingo population and the way Aborigines have been domesticated since the arrival of Europeans such that many of them don’t hunt anymore.

      That said, are you seriously defending farming and the ranching of introduced species over allowing the proliferation of roos?

      Seriously?

      On a Primal site?

      Come on now.

      Dana wrote on February 27th, 2011
  17. Also i might add to the Australian Society for “BS”.

    If you truly are for conservationist and pro kangaroo then you should agree and understand thinning the population of Kangaroos is a good thing that ensures the species survival.

    If you protest to that then you either have some other hidden agenda weather its anti gun or a vegan for which I don’t know why you waste your time posting on a primal lifestyle site.

    Please tell us why your preaching to us? I love kangaroo and it taste good. Slap some BBQ sauce on that puppy and off you go.

    I do believe they should monitor numbers and ensure the species survives flourished for future generations.

    In the mean time throw some Roo on the barbie!!!

    Jason wrote on February 26th, 2011
  18. ASK is happy to answer every question you have throw at me. I have no hidden agendas but am just sick of myth being portrayed as fact to support an industry in our native wildlife. Firstly I am not vegan, nor do I have a bug to bear to meat eaters.I just do not support cruel industries and this includes the treatment of joeys by the kangaroo industry (see RSPCA link), as well as other cruel industries such as battery eggs, broiler chickens, and the housing of pig sows. Research clearly shows that kangaroos do not compete with sheep and cattle and are not a pest (CSIRO, UNSW,THINKK). Do you have any credible research to back up your statements that they are in plague proportions and a pest? Kangaroos are at densities of less than five per sqkm across most of Australia (see state govt regional data published on our website) These levels have been referred to by a report (Hacker et al) as “quasi extinct” and at risk of extinciton. Where is your data proving they are pests in huge numbers? Kangaroos are quite capable of controlling their own breeding and have done so for 50 million years (Fletcher) and certainly dont need the industry killing the largest and the most fittest which they do. THe largest and fittest carry the strong genes required to withstand drought floods disease. Where is your data that proves that shooting them indiscriminately by an industry is good for their survival? The industry has admitted they kill the biggest and the best not the oldest and smallest.
    Im sorry to disappoint you but I have no hidden agenda apart from protecting the welfare and conservation of our wildlife. Its not that complicated except that because my arguments go against the age old myths, it seems to make people very angry. I think we should be more worried about monitoring human numbers as this is the species well known for overpopulating and causing damage to this land.

    Australian Society for Kangaroos wrote on February 26th, 2011
    • ASK, I must applaud your approach here. Coming from Australia myself I must say all that I hear is that the roo population is of the charts and in need of control. But then again I here dozens and dozens of stories and adds saying the sun kills, and low fat food is healthy. So I guess you really have to be careful about what you see and hear on the old flat screen. Like everything though I am willing to research and find the answer for myself.

      It appears that you may be up against some aussies with real life experience of these rampaging roo herds. And I don’t necessarily see any need for only one you to be right. Maybe numbers are dropping across the country, maybe that has more to do with urban sprawl and loss of environment, maybe that then forces larger gatherings in rural areas where they then cause havoc. I’m just throwing some ideas out, but I think there is room for both sides here.

      As a primal follower I have a great respect for animals, and feel this approach is the most natural and humane way to go. And I bet there are a number of people who feel the same way, so coming and stating that kangaroo meat is extremely cruel may cause some backlash as those who eat it wrestle with their own inner demons and justifications for choosing this lifestyle. And I think that is a major reason why people shouldn’t lash out, but instead do some research and find out for themselves. Getting all fired up and touchy about these topics should be left for the conventional wisdom police. It’s those kind of responses that hold back this movement. I don’t want to get under anyone’s skin, but I feel this is the last place anyone should be getting fired up and defensive. If this topic hits a chord with you, don’t fire back, do some research and calmly debate. But as I said before, I don’t think it is as simple as one side being right and one being wrong, lets stay open people.

      Sorry for the rant!

      Just Geoff wrote on February 26th, 2011
      • To me it would make more sense to send the sheep and cattle back to Europe, as it were, and to let the roo proliferate and then hunt those as humanely as possible, rather than try to recreate Europe every place European settlers go. That is about as un-Primal an attitude as I could possibly think of. And I feel the same way about how wildlife have been treated in North America, where I live.

        It is so hypocritical. We (as in the U.S.) get so angry at Mexicans who come here and do not immediately become fluent in English because “if you immigrate here you should live like the native-born” but hello, (1) we’re speaking English which is not an indigenous language here; (2) we’ve brought all sorts of foreign animals and plants here; and (3) we don’t live like the indigenous lived when our immigrant ancestors first came here–WE did not assimilate either and we certainly have not adapted. People need to think about their own prejudices and what damage those might have done over the course of human history.

        Dana wrote on February 27th, 2011
    • REALLY – kangaroos controlled their OWN population!?

      Did they have access to condoms and the birth control pill did they? Or were female kangaroos the first ever pro-choicers?!

      The population was controlled by HUMANS and canine predators. For you to IGNORE the presence of indigenous Australians and their role in controlling the kangaroo population by HUNTING and eating them this illustrates you are either ignorant of a fundamental FACT or so dismissive of indigenous Australians and their culture that you simply ignore/forget them!!!

      There is PLENTY of data to show they are at higher numbers than since european settlement of Australia.

      You are RIGHT they do NOT compete with cattle and sheep (they CAN’T), so AGAIn you use a FACT and then selectively use it to distort the TRUTH.

      They DO compete with OTHER native animals that would eat the same/similar food sources.

      Correction on my previous numbers – the Australian government estimates there are between 35-50 million kanagroos in Australia – yes this is extinction, sorry “quasi-extinction” like your quasi-science and quasi-ecology!!!

      Additionally the “Ecological Society of Australia, the Australasian Wildlife Management Society and the Australian Mammal Society have position statements in favour of kangaroo harvesting. Such groups argue that basing agricultural production systems on native animals rather than introduced livestock like sheep offers considerable ecological advantages to the fragile Australian rangelands and could save greenhouse gas emissions.” (wikipedia – references in article “Kangaroo-Meat”)

      Ah and there you have it – the mantra of the extreme green movement. Humans are the problem NOT animals.

      I actually agree that we are over populating this planet. However if humans are over populating Australia (at 2.6 per square kilometre) then Kangaroos MOST certainly are.

      You AGAIn fail to recognise the role that humans NATURALLY have had in controlling the kangaroo population.

      So if you TRULY have an agenda of “protecting the welfare and conservation of our wildlife.” perhaps you should get better informed about ecological SYSTEMS and how to TRULY conserve ALL native species – not just kangaroos (but you are NOT the “Australian Society of the Conservation of Wildlife” are you – so you ONLY care about kangaroos (bingo – your bias and agenda is revealed!!!).

      Again you repeat the claim about joeys being killed – AGAIN you distort facts. You link this to the “kangaroos industry”, which IMPLIES these young kangaroos are killed for human consumption – how SNEEKY of you. It is a fact that joeys are killed when their mothers are killed during a population cull. Would you PREFER the infinitely more CRUEL option of leaving them defenceless and on their own without their mother to care for them?!

      You THEN contradict yourself by stating “The industry has admitted they kill the biggest and the best not the oldest and smallest.” WHAT?! How can they kill joeys, but NOT kill the smallest?!

      Yep – this is what happens when you cherry pick facts to suit your argument and deliberately mislead people by selectively using them to make EACH point you want to make – you end up losing track of the facts and shooting yourself in the paw — opps I meant foot!!! ;-)

      LukeinOz wrote on March 1st, 2011
      • Bison is extinct? Wow. Guess I have to toss out my buffalo steaks then huh? There’s a nice bison ranch just up the road that delivers grass fed buffalo in steaks, patties and sausage on a monthly subscription basis. Love bison steaks. To bad about them being extinct and all.

        Richard wrote on March 1st, 2011
  19. I strongly encourage all readers to eat lots of kangaroo in order to ensure the ongoing survival of this fine species. I myself am going to head down to Coles (an Australian Supermarket) right now, and grab some Kangaroo Steak.

    Scott wrote on February 26th, 2011
  20. Mark, where did you get it? I live in LA too and never seen it.

    pixel wrote on February 26th, 2011
  21. I was a keen kangaroo meat lover, however after doing some research for an ecology essay on sustainable meat sources I’m slightly more divided on the issue. The facts on the packet are always there to get you to buy the product, after all.

    When I was in the Northern Territory we came across mountains of arid spinifex which only a certain species of Kangaroo ate. I’m certainly sceptical of the concept that they’re pests. What crops would they eat? Unless you’re bizarrely farming Kangaroo grass I doubt they’d be a concern.

    elrepo wrote on February 27th, 2011
  22. That’s one thing I miss about living in the Netherlands. I could buy a large variety of game meat in the supermarket. Kangaroo, kudu, springbok, venison, rabbit, venison and ostrich were all available. And I lived close enough to the German border that I could go shopping about once a month and get wild boar and pheasant. Unfortunately the quality and selection of vegetables wasn’t nearly as good, and grass fed meats were nearly impossible to find.

    Sandy wrote on February 27th, 2011
  23. AKS—> Well i went to a property for a hunt last October 2010. I was their to hunt goats. 4 days into the hunt i still hadnt got my goat i was after.

    I will tell you one thing. There was hundreds if not thousands on this 8000 hectare property. I couldnt even turn around without seeing a frickin kangaroo.

    Even the farmer was angry because he currently didnt have any tags to shoot them. I was at the end of the trip thinking man if I was on a kangaroo hunt then i was in heaven.

    So my experience tells the opposite sorry. Plus you read a study therefore it must be true. Quote all the sources you like but until the get out there and do the hard yards then come and preach to me!!!

    Jason wrote on February 27th, 2011
  24. AKS–> This comment at the end of your thread proves your are a true nut job–>

    “. I think we should be more worried about monitoring human numbers as this is the species well known for overpopulating and causing damage to this land.”

    Your putting Kangaroos on the same level as humans or as your paragrah says higher than humans?

    You are seriously warped. I actually despise people like you!!! I really hope your kind isnt breeding!!!!

    Jason wrote on February 27th, 2011
  25. I think most people with average intelligence are aware of the damage being caused by humans on this planet!

    Australian Society for Kangaroos wrote on February 27th, 2011
    • You are ABSOLUTELY right.

      Humans are NOT better than animals (the Bible has a lot to answer for suggesting we have dominion over nature).

      We simply fit into nature. But like a Tiger, Lion, Shark, Croc, Chimp etc, we are “higher up” on the food chain in that we eat plants AND other animals.

      I dislike the term “higher up”, but the fact is, there is NO moral issue with us consuming meat.

      You wouldn’t be able to READ, write, talk and type your thoughts (and certainly not on the internet for the world to see) if it wasn’t for the consumption of MEAT (and fats like the omega 3’s etc in brains etc).

      Fact is, the planet can only support about 12-15 billion MAX. But even then, we must all have the standard of living of the average Indian (that Indian from India for US readers).

      If EVERYONE lived with the same standard of living of the USA (i.e. the consumption of resources), only about 1.5 Billion (yep, we have to lose about 5 billion of the people ALREADY on the planet)

      UK standard of living ~2.5 billion

      Australia ~ 2 billion

      So there is no doubt there will be resource wars in the future, as people fight their neighbours and other countries for food and water.

      When this happens, I’ll tuck in to one of the 35-50 million kangaroos hopping around the place!!!

      :-)

      PS – Jason – you are warped mate if you think the human animal is any more important than any other species on the planet. Sure, we have a right to kill other animals for food, but that does not mean we are anything special. Tigers kill for food, so do chimps. And like ANY other animal, if we reproduce too much and essentially “crap” in our food source – we will have the same thing happen to us that happens to any species, we will have a reduction in population, until the balance is restored. Don’t get upset by this fact. Just get ready for when it happens. If you don’t believe in evolution and survival of the fittest, you will when you have to fight others for food, water and energy/oil for your family. The fact you know how to hunt puts you heaps ahead of the rest of the herd.

      LukeinOz wrote on March 1st, 2011
  26. i started on kangaroo burgers available at the St. Lawrence farmer’s market in Toronto two summers ago. Such a nice change on the BBQ, I really enjoy them to keep the variety flowing in my primal life! :-)

    leash wrote on February 27th, 2011
  27. Pretty cool; I didn’t realize people at kangaroo! The cute factor might be a little tough for me to overcome, but I’d love to give it a try.

    Jules wrote on February 27th, 2011
  28. I tried to get some kangaroo to try this. I was asked to never come back to the zoo again.

    Allbeef Patty wrote on February 27th, 2011
  29. coincidence !
    I just had kanga with cauli & brocolli last night !
    Here in Oz I often eat kanga, its local, easy to get in the supermarket, cheap ($16 per kilo. so I had a steak the size of my hand for c. $2.50. exchange rate to USA for comparison is pretty dead on 1:1), I can’t see it being intensively farmed (i suspect they live and eat pretty wild) and it produces a lot less methane than cows,etc.

    off topic I saw a bit of Australian Biggest Loser a few days ago. They had a quiz section:

    Qu 1. “From what source do we derive most of out energy? Protein, Carbs, Fat.

    Now that question is flawed! As you’ll know, it depends what you eat. But of course the answer was carbs. Both contestants answered Protein!

    Qu2. “Does eating carbs raise blood glucose level?” TRUE or FALSE
    Both contestants answered false !

    ste wrote on February 27th, 2011
  30. I lived in sydney for a while and was surprised by the way most australians I met kind of looked down on eating kangaroo, as in they thought of the animal as being barely above a rodent (i guess being so pervasive). A good example is that in the grocery store I shopped at the kangaroo meat was placed beside the fresh dog meat on the shelf -both seperated from the rest of the meats! I think that’s what many australians thought of it – fit for dogs…
    Yet I really enjoyed it! Could’ve been the novelty of though. But it is good; like venison etc.

    Robert wrote on February 27th, 2011
  31. For those who believe that the commercial slaughter of wildlife is always sustainable, we only need to look at comeercial whaling, koala hunting, tassie tigers, American wild bison, the carrier pigeon. When an industry is profit driven there is always a risk of extinction. Whales and koalas were hunted to the brink of extinction, wild bison, tassie tigers and carrier pigeons were in very very high numbers and hunted to extinction.
    Also I would not rely on the Australian govt to protect wildlife. We have the worst record of wildlife extinctions in the world. The late great crocodile hunter Steve Irwin said, “There is no such thing as a sustainable industry in native wildlife”.

    Australian Society for Kangaroos wrote on February 27th, 2011
    • YEP – proving you are now clutching at straws you bring up NEW and appalling issues to “sway” those that may yet be brainwashed to your view of the world.

      “Comeercial (sic) whaling, koala hunting, tassie tigers, American wild bison, the carrier pigeon” – if you weren’t trying to be serious you’ be a very funny person!!!

      “Commercial Whaling” is recognised as an issue, as the number of whales has decreased. Additionally the biggest problem is actually political, as one nation in particular has decided it will not be told what to do by the rest of the world and hunts these animals to prove a point (it is a fact that whale meat just ROTS in Japan, as the younger generation do not eat it).

      Koala hunting?! Are you F-ing serious?! Who the hell EATS koalas?! Again, I remind you that more koalas likely died in the Victorian bush fires caused by green policies similar to your line of thinking than would have been shot for any reason. You are CLEARLY confusing ecological population management with commercial industry. If ANY koalas are culled, they are not then SOLD for koala meat. If they are not sold there is NO commercial industry!!! Do you UNDERSTAND what the word commercial even means?!

      Again Tassie Tigers were forced into extinction MOSTLY by destruction of their habitat, as well as hunting. But again, people were not selling tassie tiger meat… hence this was a TRUE ecological disaster, but not due to commercial slaughter.

      Carrier pigeon – this is news to me…

      American wild bison (use of wild is redundant here) is again more to do with displacement than commercial consumption of their meat.

      Oh geeze, just read the next paragraph – Koalas HUNTED to extinction!? You are a LIAR. Koalas have died off due to habitat destruction AND the fact they catch Chlamydia and this causes reproductive issues for them. Hunting had little (if bloody anything) to do with their unfortunate decline. Carrier pigeons ARE NOT EXTINCT. Wild Bison are NOT EXTINCT. Tassie Tigers are – there you go ONE actual true fact in a sea of lies. They must be lies, as it takes 10 seconds to determine that those other species are NOT extinct, and to also it is common knowledge in Australia (well at least for anyone that is TRULY interested in ecology and conservation) of the REAL reasons for koala and tassie tiger extinctions.

      Steve Irwin quote – ANOTHER lie.

      I have searched for this quote – your use is the TOP result and ONLY match.

      He definitely disliked the use of native animals, but the reason he gave was because third world populations copied what happened in countries like the USA (Bison) and Australia (Kangaroos and crocs), and they did it with species that were truly nearing extinction.

      Steve Irwin sought to ban the use of native animals, yet he was strangely silent on the fact that introduced species like cattle and sheep and pigs cause damage to the environment due to the fact they have HOOVES. For those not aware, Australia is unique in having grasslands without animals with hooves until the Europeans brought them here when they settled. As a result the native plants are NOT evolved to be trodden on by hard hooves, and the hooves of cattle etc kills the native grasses and plants and scrub, which leads to 1) pressure on the native animals that eat those species of plants and 2) results in top soil degradation as the killed of plants whither and leave the soil exposed to erosion by water and wind.

      If Australia farmed kangaroos rather than pigs, sheep and cattle we would restore this balance.

      Steve Irwin was a great defender of ecological systems, but that does not mean he was always right. jumping on snakes and crocs is not without stress for those animals.

      I agree it is a shame that people in other countries take near extinction animals and drive them closer to extinction. However AGAIN 25-50 million kangaroos the HIGHEST in recorded history is not nearing extinction.

      Finally your most disingenuous statement: “Also I would not rely on the Australian govt to protect wildlife” Yet you are HAPPY to quote them (VERY SELECTIVELY) when it helps you to distort the facts to con people into your view of the world.

      Just because you and your organisation (you may be just one person) have a website and an “official” sounding name does not mean you can selectively use facts to support your argument.

      You have yet to acknowledge or concede on your view (a sure sign you are of the opinion everyone else is wrong and you are right and we should all think like you do).

      I do not care if no one agrees with me, I have attempted to highlight some inconsistencies in your facts, as well as some others, so that others can be informed.

      I have also, when appropriate, acknowledged when you are correct (as I do not need to be RIGHT all the time), such as the extinction of certain species, and the need for conservation and the over population of the planet.

      On that note, can you PLEASE do us all a favour by leading by example and NOT reproduce and have ANY kids. IF you TRULY believed what you say, and TRULY want to reduce the population, stop expecting others to do it and show us all how it is done!!! ;-)

      LukeinOz wrote on March 1st, 2011
  32. Tried the cauliflower recipe and it was great!

    paleoalex wrote on February 27th, 2011
  33. Somewhere in the past I read that Australia has no culture for the eating of kangaroo meat except for few. However, I read in another blog that green house gas emissions will be reduced by Eating kangaroo meat. Which is true!?

    Dave wrote on February 28th, 2011
    • Dave.

      One is partially true (or actually more pedantically false in one period of history and true in another).

      Before European settlement of Australia (i.e. before the white man came), eating Kangaroo was definitely part of the culture of the indigenous Australians.

      After European settlement this changed (not a white man food) and so currently it is true it is not part of the food culture (although that is changing with the major supermarkets even stocking Kangaroos meat these days).

      The second “fact” is true. Kangaroos do not “ferment” the grass they eat like cattle and sheep. As a result the produce less methane in the “gas” from their digestive systems. As a result it is true that if cattle and sheep were replaced by kangaroos as a meat source, the amount of greenhouse gases from livestock emissions would fall.

      Additionally there is an added benefit that the native plants of Australia and the native and natural landscapes could be regenerated. Kangaroos hop around on soft paws that do not rip up and crush the native plants species in Australia that NEVER had a nard hoof step on them for ALL of time until the European settlers brought in cattle, sheep, pigs, goats etc. These animals with their hard hooves destroyed the local plant life (they also EAT the plants down to the root which kangaroos don’t do), resulting in lack of food for native animals that ate them AND soil erosion by wind and water after the plants died and could no longer protect the top soil. Also, bare soil/sand does not trap CO2 like plants and grasses do, so this would also contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gasses (Australis used to be a lot less dusty when these plants were not destroyed)

      So getting rid of “european” meat sources and using kangaroos would reduce greenhouse emissions AND potentially restore the Australian landscape

      LukeinOz wrote on March 1st, 2011
  34. I’ve been hunting those unsuccessfully here in Northern California for years. I’ll keep that recipe handy just in case.

    Piscator wrote on February 28th, 2011
  35. I wanted to make this last night (and I figured I could get kangaroo since I’m in Sydney), but unfortunately all the shops were out. So I combined the savory coconut cauliflower with this stir-fried lamb recipe (http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/stir-fried-lamb/), and the combination was beautiful. It’s probably my favorite use of cauliflower to date.

    I wrote up my meal here:
    http://pamelagoesprimal.com/post/3576279412/stir-fried-lamb-with-savory-coconut-cauliflower

    Pamela Fox wrote on February 28th, 2011
  36. Being from Australia, growing up I often went camping in semi remote bushland areas. If you think the cartoon representation of a boxing kangaroo is fiction, think again. I experienced first hand that they like to box and are pretty good at it too! At 10 years of age, it certainly left an impression on me. I’ve since had no dramas chowing down on roo steak, sausages or my fav, roo burgers. The meat is readily available in supermarkets and it always spices up a bbq!

    Dan wrote on February 28th, 2011
  37. I’m an aussie. I try and be primal. I often eat kangaroo. If you live in Aus, and haven’t tried it, pop into your local Woolies or Coles and do yourself a favour.

    I can’t imagine eating wild game is worse for animals than force feeding them things they weren’t meant to eat in feedlots etc etc . Also, the non-cloven hoofs are a godsend for the local environment as opossed to what imported cattle do.

    Great post Mark.

    JP wrote on March 2nd, 2011
  38. I’ve tried Kangaroo in the past as a friend cooked it for me, but I really wasn’t blown away by it in the slightest – tough and difficult to enjoy. I always thought that they didn’t cook it right and after reading your method, I’d say my presumption is correct! Now to find me some Kangaroo meat in the UK and give it a go.

    May even pop it in the pressure cooker to break it down even more!

    Thanks Mark!

    Healthy Hideout wrote on March 2nd, 2011
    • If it was tough then no, they didn’t prepare it properly. Pressure cooking won’t do it any favours either. It’s a lean meat so you want to cook it hot and fast. I just oil and/or butter the meat, add plenty of fresh black pepper (this helps remove any gaminess, if there is any) then drop it on a hot cast iron pan or BBQ. Don’t cook it past medium rare. Let it rest then slice fine against the grain.

      It took me a few goes to get the feel for it, but once you do crack it you’ll respect what good quality meat it is. I suspect you’ll find it’s very close to venison.

      Nick Lo wrote on March 3rd, 2011
  39. I made the coconut cauliflower last night with fish. It was really good and a nice compliment to the fish. Thanks for the yummy recipe. I will definitely make it again.

    Nicole wrote on March 7th, 2011
  40. Hi all
    I also live in Oz and have been eating kangaroo meat and I have to say it is great meat. It is much cheaper and it is very lean and with a little garlic and olive oil rub just nice primal dinner!

    Boya wrote on March 8th, 2011

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