Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

If you’ve never eaten black bear, let me tell you, it’s delicious!

Sneaking Bliss

We were both hunting turkeys this Spring. There is something to be said about harvesting an animal that is perfectly capable of harvesting you. Two carnivores hunting in the woods. There’s something to be said about harvesting an animal that is perfectly capable of harvesting you. We encountered this beautiful beast while hunting Spring turkeys. With Autumn comes a different season.

Orange Glazed Bear

bear meat cut into thin strips
soy sauce
fresh ginger
fresh garlic
ground mustard
flour of your choice for dredging (wheat, cornstarch, rice, etc.)
avocado oil
coconut oil
orange zest
barbecue sauce (homemade or one you like)
sesame seed
green onion

Marinade thin bear strips in a splash of soy sauce, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, with a pinch of ground mustard. Marinade over night or vacuum marinade for 30 minutes. The longer the better.

Place enough flour to coat the meat in a repurposed produce bag. Drain and save marinade juice from meat. Place meat in bag of flour, toss to coat.

Heat a splash almond oil with a dollop of coconut…

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29 thoughts on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

  1. I’ve never had bear before. Hubby has had raccoon and he said it was too greasy and gamey (we have had venison and elk, etc, before, so it wasn’t like we’re strangers to gaminess) and had wondered if due to the raccoon being an omnivore…so we’ve never looked for omnivore meat. I imagine with that sauce you made, a tree would be tasty! 😀

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    • Bear fat is viscous and breaks down quickly. We get our bears out of the skin and cool the carcass as fast as we can after harvest. This keeps the meat from tasting off or gamey. I also like bear stir fried with broccoli in olive oil, no seasonings just the meat and veggie. It depends on what they are eating. I’ve heard if the diet is heavy to fish, then the taste isn’t as pleasing.

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    • I don’t know about raccoon, but often gaminess in game meat is a result of how it was processed. Our preference is to get an animal out of the hide and chill it down as soon as possible. We like to get them butchered within a few days of harvest and keep the meat chilled in the mean time. Then we’ll de-bone them and remove the fat. This minimizes any gaminess. This is particularly important when processing bear. However, if you kill an animal in rut or accidently cut the scent glands, it will tend to be gamie.

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  2. I tried to post this comment to Mary’s blog, but it makes me go through two extra steps of signing in (when I’m already signed into WordPress), so I gave up because I have to go to a different part of the house to get where I’ve written down my WP password. I don’t know why some WP blogs make you do that…

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    • Truth be told, come bear season he’ll be very hard to find. It’s not like shopping. We work really hard to put organic protein in the freezer. By the size of this bear, I think he’s been giving plenty of hunter’s the slip over the years. He was magnificent and I enjoyed shooting him with the camera. Not too pleased that he frightened the turkeys away the morning he showed up in the lens, but he’s gotta eat too. 😉 We all gotta eat.

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    • I understand. I love seeing these beautiful beasts, but I’m also part of this environment and food chain. We all eat and hunting is hard. The wild animals get away far more often then not. A beef cow never has the chance to escape. Besides, I believe that people who eat meat should kill, process and eat a meal from an animal at least once in their life. It’s a difficult thing to do, but there will be a much great connection and appreciation of where that food come from. Harvesting our food creates a healthy relation with it. We recall the stories and adventures of the animals when we sit down and eat a wild game meal. We eat very little store bought meat.

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      • I dunno. I try to eat as little mean as possible because I know the store bought stuff is not “produced” humanely. I grew up on an estate in Jamaica. Back then, a chicken was killed for Sunday dinner. A goat was killed for special occasions. I would cry for days and days. Ditto when it was bird hunting season. But I do understand the need to eat, the food chain, etc. Hunting for sport, I totally am against.

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        • You are a tender heart Kay. You experienced raising and slaughtering animals for food first hand. It changes how you view your food doesn’t it. It is a valuable life experience, albeit difficult.

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        • I’ve often thought that if people had to at least once in their life harvest their protein, clean and prepare it, then they might have a healthier respect for the origins of their meat. It’s harsh and meat in the supermarket removes people from the reality of consuming animal protein. It’s a double edge to take the life of a beautiful creature that I may have healthy protein in the freezer. For me, personally, I prefer that harvest to be hands on through hunting rather than the anonymity of shopping.

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    • He was a big brute. We were turkey hunting and he scared the turkeys away, but that’s okay, because he was so fun to watch. We had been seeing his poop all around the meadow. It was huge, look like dinosaur poop. So when we finally saw him cruise by in was pretty cool.

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