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    OK, got the first part done. Now I need some inspiration from you hard-core paleo types. In the past, I would shoot a moose, leave behind the heart, liver, and kidneys; cut the meat into steaks and roasts; have hamburger made w/20% grain-fed beef fat added; and make pepperoni, summer and polish sausage from the rest. Result was I took this magnificent primal gift and turned it into 75% SAD crap.

    This is my first moose kill since going primal. I have a 25 pound liver I am going to slice and freeze, a heart cut in quarters, one of which is in the crock-pot (grok-pot?) now. Kidney's in the freezer. 600lbs of clean moose quarters are hanging in my garage. I plan on making steaks, roasts, and 0% fat burger--unless I can find some real clean grass fed beef fat to mix in.

    Now, what to do with the bones that will be left over? The bones in each quarter are huge, there will be over 150lbs of bone when I'm done! What would you do with this?

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    You can make bone broth with them, but you have to do a couple of things before tossing them in the pot. You will need to get them into reasonable size pieces to go into the oven, and then you'll need to roast the bones. With big bones, it can help to smash them up a bit before making them into broth, too, so the good stuff can cook out into the broth.

    Obviously, you won't be able to do all 150 lbs at once, but you can freeze bones in plastic bags until you are ready to use them. I have a bunch of beef bones from the cow we bought waiting in the freezer for some cooler weather.
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    600 lbs? Wow! That would feed the 3 of us for an entire YEAR. Nice catch, mate!
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    Yeah, I don't know much about your actual question but if you don't mind me asking. How much did this moose "cost" you? I don't know anything about hunting, but you don't have to pay for the animal you kill right? just your license and weapon, ammo, etc? That's so awesome. I gotta get into hunting. There's so much deer in NJ that needs to be eaten.

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    You could cut off the knuckles for soup and cut the shanks into 2-3" pieces and roast them for marrow (and then use the bones for soup).

    just your license and weapon, ammo, etc?
    This is the hunter's reasoning. If you ask his wife she'll point out that there was also the new scope, the trailer to haul the ATV, and all the beer =D

    Congrats on your kill, moose is awesome. A friend gave me several round roasts because he didn't know what to do with them (so lean that if you cook them they just turn to leather) and I've been making jerky. I also have hunter-friends who are going to give me hearts, tongues, bones, and liver [rubs paws together in anticipation]
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    Quote Originally Posted by iniQuity View Post
    Yeah, I don't know much about your actual question but if you don't mind me asking. How much did this moose "cost" you? I don't know anything about hunting, but you don't have to pay for the animal you kill right? just your license and weapon, ammo, etc? That's so awesome. I gotta get into hunting. There's so much deer in NJ that needs to be eaten.
    Didn't cost a dime. I hunt out of my backyard. But there are some up front costs such as rifle, shells, license, all that. But the animals themselves are wild, free-roaming moose on public land. This particular bull I shot has been feeding on Fireweed in an area of forest that burned last summer. Already fried a few tenderloin steaks in butter with morels picked in the exact same spot I shot the moose.

    If you are not a hunter, and want to get into it where you live, i'd suggest hooking up with someone that hunts and visiting the local fish and game office. Figure out what kind of weapon is legal, buy one that will work, and become proficient and shooting it. Then read the game regs, talk with landowners or seek out public land. For most people in the lower 48, the big expense is the gun. Your looking at $400 - $1000 depending on what you want to shoot, but a gun should last a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owly View Post
    You can make bone broth with them, but you have to do a couple of things before tossing them in the pot. You will need to get them into reasonable size pieces to go into the oven, and then you'll need to roast the bones. With big bones, it can help to smash them up a bit before making them into broth, too, so the good stuff can cook out into the broth.

    Obviously, you won't be able to do all 150 lbs at once, but you can freeze bones in plastic bags until you are ready to use them. I have a bunch of beef bones from the cow we bought waiting in the freezer for some cooler weather.
    This is what I was thinking, too. Would I get better food from the joints or the long thin bones in between. I've never made bone broth.

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    I am so jealous! I'm trying to find someplace to hunt deer this year (since I didn't get tags for my usual haunt) but so far have yet to find a place.

    I second bone broth. I make mine from the long thin bones but that's because its whats usually cheap at the store. The joints, I think, will have more tendons and such and that gives more good stuff. I'd use both.
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    Super-jealous! I used to et moose when I was still living home in Norway. Beautiful gamey flavor.

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