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    I just started a new (2nd) job working as a server for a winery not too long ago. It sits on it's own vineard and is really a nice place! The owner is really nice, older man who came from a country East of Italy, I want to say Kosovo (but don't quote me on this). Last Saturday, he handed me a plate of deer sausage, and asked me to try. I loved it! He said there is a man who has a permit to hunt on his vineard to keep the deer, turkey, racoons, etc away from his grapes when they start to turn colors, and take on an odor. When he kills a deer, he calls it in, and take the deer to a local butcher. The butcher will cut up the meat any way he wants, and then this guy will sell the meat to Kreso (the owner). He asked me if I like deer meat, I said as a matter of fact..... So he gave me 4 different packages (cuttlings, stew meat, and roast) all from this last kill. He said when I'm done with that, he will give me some more. (Little does he know how fast this can this can be consumed eating Primal, but I won't push my luck! ) He said he'll also help me get in touch with the hunter, Austin, next time he kills a deer!!!!!! WOOT!!!!

    Now... how do I cook deer? Any special techniques?

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    Score!
    Durp.

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    • #3
      It's a lean meat - so my only advice is to not over cook
      I curse you and your deer-eating goodness. While I'm stuck here drooling over the deer that pass by my fence all the time. lol

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      • #4
        One of our favorite methods for the summer is to take the more tender cuts (assuming that would be your cuttlings?), and cut them 1/4-1/2 inch thin, stuff with green chilis, jalapenos, onions, or cream cheese....or a combo of those, season a bit, roll up and wrap with bacon. Place on skewers or use toothpicks, grill, yum.

        The roast and stew meat need to focus on low and slow cooking with moisture probably. You could turn the roast into jerky as well. I still use roasts for things like stir fry sometimes, I just slice thin and marinade before cooking, hit it with meat mallet a bit if you are worried (sometimes depends on the cut and the animal itself). You could toss the stew meat into a food processor with some beef fat (10%) or really fatty meat (25-30%), chop it up into a coarse grind, and wallah you have the fixins for a great venison burgers.
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        • #5
          +1 on not overcooking it. Deer meat is fairly safe and can be eaten as rare as you like.

          You may want to be generous with the fat when cooking it also, as it has so little of its own.

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          • #6
            *cough* illegal to sell wild game meat in the U.S. *cough* unethical.

            Sear, braise, stew, or ... Wrap in caul fat and roast.
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            • #7
              Yes, it's "illegal" but like many butchers here they can ask you to pay their processing fee. The meat is technically free, but they should at least be paid for the work that they did to turn an animal into delicious sausage or steaks.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lily Marie View Post
                It's a lean meat - so my only advice is to not over cook
                I curse you and your deer-eating goodness. While I'm stuck here drooling over the deer that pass by my fence all the time. lol
                HAHAHA! This was all pure luck I tell you. I had no idea about this 'operation' until after Kreso offered the deer sausage to me.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                  Yes, it's "illegal" but like many butchers here they can ask you to pay their processing fee. The meat is technically free, but they should at least be paid for the work that they did to turn an animal into delicious sausage or steaks.
                  Oh yes, this is all by the book. The butcher doesn't do it for free. When Austin kills the deer, he "calls it in" - I think is the processed. And then I think he does pay the butcher for his work.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Meadow View Post
                    One of our favorite methods for the summer is to take the more tender cuts (assuming that would be your cuttlings?), and cut them 1/4-1/2 inch thin, stuff with green chilis, jalapenos, onions, or cream cheese....or a combo of those, season a bit, roll up and wrap with bacon. Place on skewers or use toothpicks, grill, yum.

                    The roast and stew meat need to focus on low and slow cooking with moisture probably. You could turn the roast into jerky as well. I still use roasts for things like stir fry sometimes, I just slice thin and marinade before cooking, hit it with meat mallet a bit if you are worried (sometimes depends on the cut and the animal itself). You could toss the stew meat into a food processor with some beef fat (10%) or really fatty meat (25-30%), chop it up into a coarse grind, and wallah you have the fixins for a great venison burgers.
                    Both of these methods sound delicious. As I'm still new to cooking, could you pass on your wisdom of the recipe and instructions?

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                    • #11
                      Deer works really well in chilis, stews and soups.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                        Yes, it's "illegal" but like many butchers here they can ask you to pay their processing fee. The meat is technically free, but they should at least be paid for the work that they did to turn an animal into delicious sausage or steaks.
                        This. A guy who works at the apartment where we were living is a hunter and last year he was saying that he can't eat all the deer that he can actually kill, and a buddy of his doesn't even like venison so donates his kills to needy families for the price of processing. Unfortunately it was at the tail end of deer season but I need to remember to get in touch with his next season because the fee is $80. That's $80 for a whole deer. Hell yes!
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                        • #13
                          Paying the butcher to process is fine, but buying the meat from the hunter is illegal. Even if it is just a "processing fee". Hunters that do this will take other liberties with hunting and game laws.

                          Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                          Yes, it's "illegal" but like many butchers here they can ask you to pay their processing fee. The meat is technically free, but they should at least be paid for the work that they did to turn an animal into delicious sausage or steaks.
                          My Fitday public journal.
                          Me vs. Russian Boar, hunt is on Aug. 20th. WHAT'S MORE PRIMAL THAN THAT?!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by davem View Post
                            Paying the butcher to process is fine, but buying the meat from the hunter is illegal. Even if it is just a "processing fee". Hunters that do this will take other liberties with hunting and game laws.
                            I think its a big jump to say a hunter will take liberties with hunting laws if they ask someone to pay for the processing of the meat. I think any decent hunter is going to protect his right to hunt as much as possible, so stretching said laws and risking that is not worth it. Fines and penalties in a lot of states can be hefty and long, not worth it.

                            If you go back and read through, in this particular situation it sure sounds like the owner of the restaurant is paying the 'butcher'...so there is no meat-payment-hunter relationship going on.
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