Fall and early winter are great times to change the menu and include some novel meats. In general, game includes deer, rabbit, wild boar, duck, antelope and to the more exotic ant-eater, flying fox, squirrels or even bats (eg. bat soup is a delicacy in Cambodia) which can be popular in some countries.
When I was little, my dad used to work in the jungle as logging contractor in East Malaysia. Each time when he went to work in the jungle for a period of few days to a week, he would usually come back with wild games like deer, wild boar or ant eater.
Mum used to prepare them and the wild games required slightly different preparation and cooking methods as they tend to have a unique and stronger smell or odour.
Some wild game cooking tips that you might use : It is good that you marinate game meat, it will not only develops more flavor, but tenderizes the meat. You can easily marinate game from 24 hours up to four days in the refrigerator.
You should not overcook game meats. It is important to keep a good eye on the meat as it cooks because game is very lean and can become dry if cooked too long. For most people, it is best to serve the meat when it is a pink inside and still juicy.
Common ingredients added to game meats are black pepper, ginger and wine which are very helpful to neutralise the natural smell of these wild animals. The type of wine that you use is dependent on what you are cooking and what you like. For many people, white wine is for white meat and red wine is best with dark meat. This is an old rule of thumb and many people today are happy to disobey it, preferring, instead to enjoy the wine they like with whatever cut of meat they like. It is a good change.
Another way to prepare game is to cook in herbal soup. Some games are suitable for such preparation method as their have medicinal properties and can help improve certail chronic ailments if combined with chinese herbs. Check with your Local Chinese Medical Hall on the herbs required or recipe if you are near one.
Visit a restaurant that serve game meats to try out some the dishes. Find out which way of cooking suit your taste buds. You can talk to the chef and find out what his or her favorite wild game cooking tips and recipes are.
Another good source to learn wild game cooking tips is by doing an online search. It is best to narrow your search down to the particular type of game that you are interested in. You will find that there are many sites now available that discuss the various ways of preparing game meats. Many of these sites offer expert advice from long time hunters and chefs, all of whom are happy to share their expertise with you.
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