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Offline bigred1951

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Coon, possum, horse?
« on: August 23, 2017, 12:22:16 pm »
Was wondering what meats have people tried. I've heard many say that coon and possum meat was greasy but good if cooked right. Another old guy I know said he ate horse once and it was good. I've never tried them but wouldn't be against it. About the only meat I can think of I don't care much for is hamburger. I love steak but just hamburger itself don't care. Or beef jerky but love deer jerky. Beaver and ground hog looks good from pictures and tv I've seen.

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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 02:19:56 pm »
I had beaver only once, Wife cooked it like a pot roast. If someone would of blind folded me I would of thought it was the regular pot roast she always cook. The meat is a dark brown,only difference that I could tell. I would eat it again. digin_2
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 02:25:53 pm »
Coon is very good.  I have tried possum once.  I didnt like it....it was greasy like you spoke of.  We cooked it for my grandpaw, and it could be that my mom didnt know how to fix it right....slicks over in your mouth.  I would have to be pretty hungry to try it again.  A trapper at work says bobcat is good.  Banjo
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 02:33:35 pm »
I have had rattlesnake (eastern diamondback), stingray, elk, pronghorn. snake was fine, real white. stingray was fine too, sort of like scallops. elk was ok but not as good as people said, pronghorn was ok, but not as bad as people said.

I always heard that cougar/puma/mountain lion  was really good, but i never tried it.

gator is not too bad.
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2017, 06:24:45 pm »
 Raccoons and snapping turtles are good when cooked right, I've eaten possum one time that I can remember and I didn't care for it. Never have eaten horse (that I know of), if someone cooked one up I'd probably try it but I don't think I would ever consider acquiring it and cooking it myself.
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2017, 06:38:39 pm »
My late uncle was a WW2 vet and they ate a lot of horse meat, he always said once you get past the thought of eating old Trigger it was really good.  Never had it myself, as far as wildlife goes squirrel, deer, rabbit and about all game birds is as far as it goes. 

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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2017, 06:57:44 pm »
I'm not too adventurous when it comes to eating strange foods.  :-\

My grandfather did Morbark pulpwood debarkers up into Canada and he said some places the hamburger was very sweet.  He was told it was horse.

My sister picked up a couple of cans of snapping turtle soup this week. I think she's going to feed it to our father and see what he thinks if it.  :D
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2017, 07:50:03 pm »
Had horse in Europe, less fat than cow and not bad.  Had a taste of cat, no thank you.  Growing up we killed and ate most anything, mostly rabbit and Squirrel, and fish, and quail, and lots of chicken.  Tried other stuff but there must a secret to cooking some of them.  Coon and possum are two that never was good.
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2017, 08:02:58 pm »
I didn't grow up on wild game, my parents had too much of it during the Great Depression, but am pretty adventurous when trying new foods. Even ate raw oysters which were not too bad, I love them breaded and deep fried or smoked. Bear is the only one I won't go back for seconds, too greasy and gamey for my taste. Moose is quite good if properly tenderized and cooked, otherwise it's like chewing an old boot.
We have coon and possum but I don't know anybody that eats them. Most people would shy away from horse meat, they view them as pets, although apparently it is popular among the Dutch.
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2017, 09:17:13 pm »
 Groundhog is another critter I've eaten a few times, when cooked just right they are not too bad.
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2017, 09:57:23 pm »
A neighbor brought me over some snapping turtle burgers the other day. It was pretty good.

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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2017, 09:58:12 pm »
I remember a few years ago Ikea had to pull all of there Swedish meat balls off the shelf due to horse meat in the food, I just see a horse as a fast cow and would have no problems eating it. I would rather eat horse then some stinky little creature crawling around in the woods eating bugs.
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2017, 12:02:55 am »
Did some guiding in the mountains in BC.We had goat sheep moose deer, and cougar.  The cougar if they had served it with cranberries i would have thought it was wild turkey. Lynx was used as a substute for turkey at christmas in the  northwest territories, in the early 1900s. or so I read in school.
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2017, 07:03:02 am »
I want to try turtle but all the old timers that cooked it around here are gone    would never eat horse I hate them living couldn't imagine eating one  I have had beaver the back straps and hind quarters had a friend that tried telling me the snake he was cooking was eel i told him iv ate a lot of eel and the meat was never that white    i like clams and oysters better raw than cooked   rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant ,deer and turkeys was a norm when growing up    i have eaten bear as long as its not a garbage bear its not bad   my dad said when he was about 9-10 the old guy that rented a room from my gma  was cooking a skunk but he never tried it  they say muskrat is good i ate a cricket one time covered with something  steve_smiley never again 

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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2017, 10:18:45 am »
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   Deer is staple diet here. Grew up eating squirrel, rabbit and quail killed or trapped. Ate lots of goat at old neighbor/mentor as a kid and when working in the mid-East. Camel was commonly served in Saudi - okay as a swarma sandwich. The milk is real good but very rich. Tried bear - okay but I won't shoot one for the meat as not that great IMHO. I have eaten coon many times. Used to boil it tender then make hash out of and served a bunch at a church dinner we made into BBQ. One lady liked it till she found what it was after several helpings then got sick when found what it was. Tried making a roast out of an old boar coon cooked in a brown'N bag and so bad the dogs would not eat the taters off it. Used to eat a lot of alligator snapping turtle in Albany Ga regularly. Wife even made turtle egg brownies out of eggs found in big snapper there. It was pretty good. Soft-shelled turtle fried was much better. Have eaten beaver and armadillo at wildlife suppers. Armadillo tasted like good roast pork the way it was fixed. Rattlesnake was okay but a little dry. Ate porcupine and Nile Monitor Lizard (called Varans) in Africa was okay. Ate alligator in Fla and Black Caiman in Peru and Ecuador that was pretty good. Saw lots of horse meat in markets in Mongolia - real dark meat. Never knowingly ate it. They also ate wolf for medicinal and other reasons over there.

   Used to catch lots of possums with my little squirrel/coon dog. Pulled lots out of old animal carcasses and such. Times never got hard enough for me to try to eat any.
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2017, 11:23:06 am »
Thank you BigRed for starting this thread, it's fun.  Coon and especially possum are 2 I'd pass on, other than that I'll try anything once (old saying)  :).

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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2017, 11:55:41 am »
I'm fairly picky eater myself but usually willing to try something. Sadly I've never tried squirrel or rabbit or turtle growing up as nobody hunted. I've gigged and clean a lot of frogs but never got to try them. I know I'm not a big fan of lamb.  If I can talk the wife into eating the wild life I'd love to hunt and get some other then deer. Deer fixed anyway is good.

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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2017, 01:33:46 pm »
never had frog but my 10 year old daughter had them a likes them so every frog we see she wants to chop there legs off and eat them :)

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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2017, 03:33:29 pm »
When I was a young sprout, we would catch possums on the dirt roads just before dark.  There was a family that was down on their luck that my Dad let live in an old tenant house on the property.  We would give them the possums, and they would put them under a wash tub and feed them table scraps for a month or 6 weeks to clean them out, them cook them up.

I have never ate any possum and never will unless I get destitute or go crazy.  At least crazier than I am now  :).  I have ate coon.  A coon skinned and cooked whole with head on and teeth exposed looks nasty.  Looks like a skint dog.  Not very appetizing, but I guess that would not matter so much if one was poor and hungry.  Right now, I am not real poor or bad hungry, so no more coon for me until I go crazy. 
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Re: Coon, possum, horse?
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2017, 04:46:04 pm »
Have had most wild game around here.
Lots of deer , squirrels and rabbits.
Have had muskrat and beaver that we trapped.
Both were dark meat. We would make a garlic and herb marinade.
Had the texture of dark turkey meat I thought. Pretty tasty.
The bear around here are mostly corn fed so they taste good as well.