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Moose shank

I got out the first shank of moose leg from the February hunt to cook yesterday.  I’m guessing it was about 7 inches long and 5 inches wide.  Shanks are great to eat.  They just take a long time of slow cooking.  I salt and peppered, braised the moose shank in olive oil, and took it out of the pot.  I then put into the pot a couple diced onions, a big handful of diced garlic cloves, some diced celery, and 3 big diced carrots.  When these were browned,  I put in the last of some leftover red wine, a quart of the deer stock I’d made a couple weeks ago, along with 28 oz of stewed tomatoes, rosemary and thyme.  I put the shank back in the pot so it was as covered as I could get it, and brought the pot to a simmer on the cook stove, and then transferred the pot to the wood stove to simmer all day  This was at about 230 pm.  I figured it would be done by 6, so I invited Gloria and Emmanuel over for dinner.  By 530, I could see the moose would take much longer than 3.5 hours to cook, so we went for pizza instead.  When I got home at 830, the moose meat was falling off the bone, and ready to eat.  Made a note to self that the cooking time for a moose shank is about 6 hours.   We can try it tonight.
Deer Bone Stock

Deer Bone Stock

Roy was hunting over on the outer coast north of Sitka on his annual trip.  Since I wasn’t getting many deer in, I asked him to save me any leg bones they weren’t going to use, so I could make stock.  He dropped an 80 lb fish box off of nice leg bones early this… Continue Reading

Sewing with Fatboy

Went to the cabin on Friday with the portabote punt planning to leave the big skiff on the haul out, and row the portabote to Admiralty to deer hunt on Sat. Forecast called for big winds and rain. Forecasters were not kidding. Saturday morning I went down to the boat and seas too big to… Continue Reading

First deer

Took Major S from our Salvation Army Corps deer hunting on Friday.  I’d told him to meet me at Douglas Harbor.  He went to North Douglas Harbor. I made the same mistake with the earlier Lieutenant L I took hunting.  You’d think I’d remember to be sure they knew which harbor I was referring to. … Continue Reading