How to cook Bear meat...

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  1. ann fr

    ann fr goat keeper

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    Can someone give me advice? The young boys that I allow to hunt on my land ,droped of some Bear meat for me this morning.I have no idea how to cook this.

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    Ann.
     
  2. funstuff

    funstuff Active Member

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    wow, nice of them to pay in kind for the access! Bear meat is quite delicious! Makes a wonderful roast and stew, oven or crock. If you have the ability to make sausage, by all means try a small batch, fantastic.
    With bear meat remove as much fat as convenient and render it down in a double boiler. The best water proofer for boots and tack you can get. You caan also use the rendered lard for pastries, makes them light and fluffy. Only better lard is from raccoon. Have fun with it, and make sure you cook it through, kills the non goodies.
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    Native Americans also used the fat to make a mosquito proof type of body paint....
     
  4. melina

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    Slow-cooking is great. The best roasts I've ever had were bear that had cooked slowly all day. Think pot roast or crock pot.
     
  5. ann fr

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    Okay. I heard Bear was good too but dry.Should I maranate it first? Its still one huge frozen chunk.Too large for my crock pot!
    These boys are very nice.They get a deer for us every year. I'm just waiting to try some goose now.
     
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    WELL DONE!! That's the only way to cook bear meat. Bear are commonly infected with trichina worms, the same ones that can be acquired from undercooked pork. It's a parasite that causes trichnosis a nasty, dangerous, possibly fatal condition, not something you want to deal with. Bear meat is tasty and also safe if properly prepared, just make sure it's well done.
     
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    Hey if you render the fat you can get great lard for pies!!!!!! Treat it as pork.
     
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    We had ours made into summer sausage and the next bear, we will probably make the sausage on our own. There are recipes on the internet and sausage kits you can buy to do your own. Yes, like any wild game, it needs to be cooked till well done because of parasites... and you probably can't go wrong with any recipes that call for pork. Had bear ham at a friend's house one time and it was great!
     
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    the best use i found for it is barbecued in the crock pot. no, it's not dry but quite fatty. you might want to cook it, chill it and skim off the hardened fat before using it.

    i found that bear fat imparts a taste to bicuits, pie crust etc. that i don't care for.
     
  10. Ohio Rusty

    Ohio Rusty No charge for awesomeness

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    I prefer any game meat, bear, deer, elk what ever, to be pan seared in a really hot cast iron skillet. Searing the outside helps to hold in teh juices, then it is cooked like any other meat until it is pink in the middle and it's done,
    Remember when you take the meat out of the skillet, the heat cooks it for another few minutes. You don't want it over done then it a tad less tender. Also .... don't cut it before you serve it as the juices run out then the meat is dryer.

    Speaking of bear ..... If you know someone that shoots another bear, I would like some of the bear fat that is cut from the bear. One pound, ten pounds ...any amount is fine. The more the better. I render down the bear fat to an oil and use it as patch lube for muzzleloaders. It is a natural lube and doesn't gunk up the barrel like modern petroleum based lubes do.

    Ohio Rusty ><>
     
  11. Terri

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    YES INDEED!

    Well done bear is safe: rare bear is not!
     
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    Terrabus Middle-Aged Delinquent

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    When I worked at a pizza place, we used to put ground bear on pizza and sometimes, cheese sticks. We loved it.
     
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    I saok it in milk for 24hrs,than drain and grill till welldone...Great
     
  14. ann fr

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    Sorry Ohio Rusty,but I'm in Ontario ,Canada so sending Bear lard across the border might be rough.But I will pass on your hint for these boys to use.

    Ann.
     
  15. pistolsmom

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    Cut some up into small soup like pieces and use it in place of burger in your favorite chili recipe, it's great!!