Anyone do any hunting? I looked up nutrition facts for venison and other game meat, and all the results show them to be extremely lean. Is this due to how they are processed? If grok really survived off game meat, where was the fat! I'm interested in hunting this season, and in the future to decrease my expenses on meat, but would it really be worth it if there is no significant fat content? Hmmm..
If you are interested in hunting to reduce your expenses on meat then it is worth it. That is what a lot of people do. Venison is delicious meat.
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Venison rocks. I lived on that stuff for a whole year in college. We had a deep freeze and venison is the only thing we never ran out of (well that and Milwaukee's Best ). Buddy of mine would just go home and kill another deer any time be got low.
The price of good fat is less than the price of good meat. If you can get lean meat for free, the price you pay for the good fat to compensate for its leanness will be negligible. Get the game for free. If it's lean, cook it in lard, coconut oil, etc. Enjoy the fin'l benefits and more, the health benefits.
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All good input, thank you. If anyone has any experience with butchering deer, could you let me know if there is worthy fat content? Im wondering if people usually discard the extra fat when they process the deer, due to CW.
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A buddy of mine had an entire deer processed into meat venison sticks. It was freaking awesome regardless of the meat being lean. Besides, there are other ways to get fats.
It is very lean meat, even more so in the South than, say, Ohio or Colorado. I'm a hunter and when we have a grocery store process venison, fat has to be added (usually 10-20% pork) for ground preparations.
I have found that a lot of them are much fatter towards the end of the season, right before the first big snows up here. They are trying to eat everything they can before winter hits....I keep all of the fat on them in foil wraps to add in when its cooked. I usually add duck fat for other preps.
Plus the heart and liver are amazing.
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So you can call deer -- and probably immature ones at that -- "game". And in a society where there's a fat-phobia (for misplaced historical reasons) then that will seem to be a significant fact. As they say, when all you've got's a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
But wouldn't a bear, for example, be "game" to pre-modern hunter? You can render several gallons of oil off a bear. A look at contemporary sources of the opening up of the U.S. would be enough to remind one of this. Some North American Indians seem to have made enough bear oil seasonally to have kept containers -- calabashes or whatever -- all year round, till the season when killing bears would be most worthwhile came round again.
Try googling something like:
"native americans" "bear oil"
I haven't tried, but that would probably turn up some interesting information.
And, then, as I say, how mature does the game get to be in the modern world? Not very: there's not much of it; there are too many people; and it's killed too quick. There's one account, again of the opening up the U.S., where an explorer moving into a new area writes of fat four inches thick on the deer. Maybe he was exaggerating, but it's clear there was some difference between areas that had been long-settled by Europeans with rifles, and areas that had not, and not a small one.
Nearer to our own time, the explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson writes of shooting a caribou within the Arctic Circle that had massive slabs of back-fat on it. I forget the precise figure, but he weighed them and they were anything but negligible.
By:If grok really survived off game meat, where was the fat!
1. judicious choice of which species of animals to kill;
2. by choice of which animals within the herd to kill (larger and more mature ones carry more fat; and skeletal remains from the Stone Age show that human hunters actually caused some animals to get smaller over time -- by always preferring to kill the larger);
3. by selecting which cuts to eat.
For what some particular hunting societies of the recent past have done, see:
Guts and Grease: The Diet of Native Americans - Weston A Price Foundation
Australian Aborigines: Living Off the Fat of the Land - Weston A Price Foundation