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Learn all about the world of wild game meat. These animals are unique in taste and flavor, because they have an enriched diet that includes many different types of plants, berries, grains, nuts and seeds. The culinary world has recently discovered how diverse these meats can be when it comes to cooking them – from smoking to curing to sautéing or broiling.

What Does Alligator Gar Taste Like? A Curious Catch Explained

If you have been in the South, you might have seen a strange fish on the menu. Alligator gar looks like an ancient deep-sea monster, with rows of sharp teeth and a long, broad snout. These fish can be huge and live in lakes and rivers in Louisiana, Texas, and Mexico. However, what does alligator …

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What Makes Meat Taste Gamey? How Do You Remove Gameyness?

Once upon a time, all meat tasted gamey because all meat was hunted in the wild. Nowadays, because we are used to commercially-grown meat, like chicken or beef, we have grown unaccustomed to the gamey taste of wild meat, like bear, elk, moose, or quail. This leaves some to ask: What makes meat taste gamey? …

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What Do Snails Taste Like? How Do You Cook Snail Well?

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “what do snails taste like?” you’re not alone. This meal has become popular in recent years, and many people want to try it for the first time. Let’s discuss the overall taste of snails, including how to cook them properly. We’ll also answer a few common questions people often ask …

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What Do Seagulls Taste Like? Are They a Common Game Bird?

The prominence of seagulls worldwide may cause many foodies to ponder, “what do seagulls taste like?” The answer isn’t necessarily great, and this bird is very rarely eaten around the world. However, there were cultures that once ate it as a game bird prominently. Here’s your guide to what seagull meat and eggs taste like …

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What Does Quail Taste Like? How Is Quail Cooked?

The smallest of the birds of the chicken, duck, turkey, and pheasant family, the Quail is enjoyed worldwide and is a delicacy in many cultures. Quail have been raised domestically for over 4000 years, and many new breeds have been developed. There are over 130 species of Quail, and they can range in size from …

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What Does Skunk Meat Taste Like? Are Skunks Hunted?

Some people are curious when it comes to eating different types of foods, which is one reason why people love to travel. When you travel to different parts of the world, you’re able to sample the cuisine that is popular in those particular areas. There are some types of foods that people would never even …

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What Does Raccoon Taste Like? Are Raccoons Hunted?

If you’re curious about eating wild meats and you enjoy experimenting with different dishes, from moose stew to ground bear-meat burgers, and much more, then you are definitely among many others who enjoy consuming wild game. One type of wild game that isn’t as popular as rabbit, squirrel, or elk, is raccoon. Here is a complete …

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What Does Lion Meat Taste Like & Why Are They Hunted?

You’ll find modestly exotic meats like bison, alligator, wild boar, moose meat and ostrich meat at many restaurants around the country, but what about an incredibly rare type of meat like lion meat? Do American restaurants sell lion meat**? What does lion meat taste like, and is it legal to sell in the United States? …

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Yak Meat: How It Tastes, How To Cook & Where To Buy

High in the mountains of the Himalayas, there is a relative of the common cow that continues to baffle scientists: Bos grunniens, the smaller and domesticated offspring of the wild yak. And while native tribes of the Himalayas have raised, cared for, and relied on yaks for centuries, no one is entirely sure when, where, …

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75+ Types of Game Birds in North America & How They Taste

Whether you’re a seasoned outdoorsman or new to the game, there’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh game bird. In this article, we’ll cover 75+ types of game birds that can be found throughout North America and how they taste. We’ll also discuss how to dress, store, and prepare your harvest for the table. …

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Essential Guide To Squab / Pigeon Cuts of Meat

Squab or pigeon meat is a healthy alternative to common poultry like chicken and turkey. In this blog post, you will get an learn about different pigeon cuts of meat and how to cook them for maximum flavor and enjoyment, in addition to the flavor and protein. Pigeon is a popular game bird can be …

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Rattlesnake Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

Rattlesnakes: They’re one of the most easily recognizable of the snake family, and well-known for their venomous bite and noisy tail rattle. There are 36 known species of rattlesnakes and some 70 subspecies — all of which are native to the Americas. Their range stretches from southern Canada through Argentina, making the rattlesnake a constant …

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Squirrel Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

Squirrels: If you live just about anywhere besides Antarctica, you’ve been seeing them your whole life. The little rodents have been remarkably successful at spreading across the world, and some variety of tree squirrel, gray squirrel, red squirrel, ground squirrel, fox squirrel, chipmunk, marmot, or prairie dog can likely be found right in your backyard.

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Pigeon Meat (Squab): Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

Prior to 1914, pigeon was a more common everyday meat than chicken, pork, or beef in North America. How did this onetime dinner table staple fall out of favor, and what does that mean for continuing to eat pigeon meat (aka squab meat) today? The story is both sad and instructive. As railroads began to …

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Reindeer / Caribou Meat: Tasting, Cooking & Buying

Rangifer tarandus: In North America and Canada, it’s known as caribou. But to the rest of the world, this arctic land mammal is better known as the reindeer. And within this small category, you can find a surprising range of sizes — from the diminutive Svalbard reindeer to the massive boreal woodland caribou.

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Emu Meat: Tasting, Cooking & Buying

Native to Australia, the emu is the second largest living bird by height (only the ostrich stands taller). And just like the ostrich, emus have been targeted as a potential alternative protein source that’s fit for farming and ranching across much of the world. In fact, the early 2000s saw a big push for Americans …

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Pheasant Meat: Tasting, Cooking & Buying

Millions of years ago, the ancestor to all of the domesticated and wild fowl we know today branched out into multiple species. Chickens are one branch of this tree, and pheasants are closely related. But where chickens have been bred for large-scale production (rather than pasture-raising), the humble pheasant hasn’t enjoyed the same popularity. Why? …

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Elk Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

What’s in a name? Well, in the case of elk, quite a bit — because depending on whether you’re from Europe or North America, the term “elk” can refer to one of two species from the deer family. In today’s article, we’ll be discussing the North American elk: Larger than a common deer, but smaller …

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Bison Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

Emblematic of westward expansion and the promising beginnings of American frontiersmen, bison has long been a staple of diets in North America. Though sometimes referred to as a buffalo meat, the North American bison from which we get meat today has only a subtle genetic connection to the true buffalo.

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Quail Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

Though better known for its eggs than its meat, quail has been featured in cuisines from around the world for centuries. Today, we’ll be taking a deep dive into everything the first time quail eater needs to know — from what the meat tastes like, to simple recipes for preparing flawless quail every time, as …

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Goat Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

Worldwide, goat meat carries a mixed reputation: Considered a delicacy in some cuisines, it’s often considered an exotic meat in American cooking. But with a long history of inclusion as a staple in South Asian and Mexican gastronomy, we’re of the opinion that goat meat deserves a prominent place in kitchens here in the United …

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Clam Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

A long-time favorite food of coastal dwellers, clam meat is a popular shellfish choice in cuisines from around the world. But did you know that this humble coastal staple can come from one of dozens of different species of marine bivalves, each with their own unique flavor and texture? If you’re ready to get to …

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Conch Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

I was first introduced to the wonders of conch meat back in 2006, through an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”. While visiting South Florida, the celebrity chef and renowned gourmand sampled conch two ways: As part of a chowder served alongside grilled snapper, as well as in finely ground conch meat fritters seasoned with …

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Turtle Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

Transport yourself momentarily to the early colonial days of America, and you would find very different proteins on your plate than the pork, beef, and chicken of today. Chief amongst these was turtle meat — renowned for its rich, deep flavor and easy availability at the ocean’s shore. As turtle soup, it was even a …

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Bear Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

It turns out that popular depictions of hungry bears in children’s cartoons (think Yogi and Pooh Bear) may not be that far off the mark. Even if they’re not eating honey straight out of the jar, bears are always scrounging around for the proverbial picnic basket at the campsite — as any hiker in the …

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Moose Meat: Tasting, Cooking, and Buying

The largest and heaviest member of the deer family, the moose (or elk, if you’re in Europe or Asia) is certainly an uncommon game meat for anyone outside of Alaska. Even if you’re not planning on moving to the snowy tundra, though, you can take part in cooking and eating musky and beef-like moose meat. …

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