Woodchuck, also known as groundhog, should be handled in accordance with the general rules for game in the field. The blood should be drained, and the entrails removed and the body cavity wiped clean. When hung for 48 hours, they are ready to the skinned and cooked.
Woodchuck meat is dark, but mild flavored and tender. It does not require soaking; however, many people like to soak it overnight in salt water. If the woodchuck is caught just before he begins his winter sleep, there is an insulating fat layer under the skin. Remove excess fat. remove 7 to 9 “kernels” (scent glands) in the small of the back and under the forearms. Parboil the meat of older animals; cook by recipes calling for chicken or rabbit.
Well now, with this rain, the country is going to have great difficulty reaching the 87 million acre figure for 2011 corn production. If our planted corn acres fall below the 87 mil figure significantly AND we have a weather scare in July or August, look for corn on the Board of Trade to go through the roof. How far? Some analysts are already talking over $8/bu. corn.
One thing $8 corn will do for sure and that is eliminate the ethanol debate. Even with the present 46 cent per gal. subsidy (which goes to 42 cents at the end of this year) ethanol from corn is dead at $8/bu.
Credit where credit is due. Real hunting – two Chicago Tribune reporters take to the field and gun hunt their own venison.
They quickly understood the observation hunters have made for many years, to wit: Hunting is the most natural, organic, “sustainable” way to eat meat.
After several trips into the woods with no success, one reporter nevertheless volunteers to help skin, clean and butcher another hunter’s deer.
Yes, some would consider the video content graphic and may not wish to watch.
Youtube video description:
Chicago Tribune staff reporters Monica Eng and Barbara Brotman go on their first hunting expedition for deer, where they learn how to properly track, kill and butcher their prey. (Viewer discretion is advised)
As I advised John Richardson over at No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money, (CLICK LINK HERE) I have been reliably informed the key to high volume readership of a gun blog is—Cookie Recipes.
Thus, for my New Year’s Resolution, I am determined to sprinkle more selections from the Culinary Arts and other Branches of Domestic Economy into this blog after the fashion of David Codrea’s THIS DAY IN HISTORY.
My contributions will be entitled THIS DAY IN GASTRONOME.
Sadly, as I perused my copy of Housekeeping In Old Virginia, (Copyright 1879) I realized in 1879 very few Housekeepers focused their attention on the preparation of cookies.