Elk meat

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  • mrsheen
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    After listening to Joe Rogan and watching a few Netflix meat eater episodes, I’m tempted to source some elk meat.

    Can you buy this in the UK? How much is either reared or wild? If wild how is the meat controlled to prevent parasites? Would I be better off trying Venison?

    Thanks

    scotroutes
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    I’ve had elk. It’s OK. I didn’t find it as tasty as good venison. Pretty sure there are no wild elks in the UK.

    willard
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    Venison is lovely and should be relatively easy to get hold of. If you are near Cambridge/Luton, try Franklins of Thorncote, they normally have some.

    Elk is a little trickier. You could try wild game shops on the web. I think there was one in Milton Keynes that sold it.

    Planning on making Mooseaka?

    Premier Icon brant
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    Had some very nice roe deer on Saturday night. Good job it was very nice.
    It was £26 for a main and I only got two bits.

    Elk is a little trickier

    It’s also enormously dear.

    scotroutes
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    I tried to buy eight legs of venison from the local butcher but he told me it was too dear.

    pirahna
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    I’ve eaten Elk.

    I cycled onto a campground south of Pie Town, New Mexico a couple of years ago. It was bow hunting season and a group had killed 3 elk that morning and were busy butchering them. They cut off a steak for me and put it on the BBQ. It was a nice treat, very lean, not a “gamey” meat, but OK.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Elk in North America is a big deer like a Red. Not eaten that. European elk a.k.a. moose in the US I have had – very mild, a bit lamb-y more than venison-y. I had it mostly what you’d call ‘shaved’ I guess you’d say, in gravy.

    Premier Icon CheesybeanZ
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    I’ve had Elk a couple of times in Canada , not as gamey as venison but it was good abd and tasty.

    P-Jay
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    They cut off a steak for me and put it on the BBQ. It was a nice treat, very lean, not a “gamey” meat, but OK.

    I’m no expert, but I once ate a bit of freshly shot and butchered Kangaroo which was similar to how you describe.

    I think most meat you’d get from a butcher is ‘hung’ for a few weeks to mature, also hunted meat is usually from older, more mature bigger animals they’re we’re used to eating (commercial beef, chicken and pork is from much younger animals). this combines to give that gamey taste.

    scotroutes
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    Elk tastes very much like horse.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Should be able to get it given we’ve no wild crocodiles or kangaroos in the U.K. and it can be bought here.

    Try your local butcher first then online if no luck.

    petec
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    if someone like Vicar’s Game doesn’t have it I fear you may struggle. They normally have everything!

    johndoh
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    Bloody hell – £25 for 500g :-O

    Makes my occasional treat of fresh tuna for the family seem cheap.

    wrightyson
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    Had elk (might have been fillet) at a wedding in sweden. Was very tasty!

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    I think most meat you’d get from a butcher is ‘hung’ for a few weeks to mature, also hunted meat is usually from older, more mature bigger animals they’re we’re used to eating (commercial beef, chicken and pork is from much younger animals). this combines to give that gamey taste.

    +1

    Had a roast of fresh roadkill roe deer courtesy of an STWer. It was lovely, but closer to pork than the red dear I get from my parents which is typically from culled red deer and a very strong flavour and the meat is a really dark maroon colour that goes a much darker brown when cooked.

    If wild how is the meat controlled to prevent parasites?

    You know youre getting the good stuff when you order a deer for the winter and it arrives with >6 legs. Im all for traceability in the supermarket supply chain, but equally this probably has less than 5 food miles so if its got a parasite, I’ve probably also had it flicked into my face whilst riding!

    faerie
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    I’ve no idea how easily sourced elk is in the UK but tesco sell Highland Game venison as burgers, meatballs, sausages and steaks

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    Anyone seen or signed this? Shooting takes place on private land that happens to be near a canal where apparently children and cyclists like to see the geese. FFS how many billions of geese do we have in this country, why aren’t we eating them???

    https://www.change.org/p/stuart-andrew-mp-stop-the-geese-being-shot-in-rodley

    Premier Icon Scapegoat
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    Canada Geese are a pretty serious problem. Invasive, dirty, foul up pasture land and whatever else they land on. However, they aren’t very good to eat. The breast meat is about all that’s any good, and that needs a very long cooking time to make it anything approaching palatable.

    Mikkel
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    have bought meat from Kezzie more times, buy the kangaroo which is really nice and cheap.

    One thing about their Elk meat, if they are correct saying its from Scandinavia it is nok Elk but Moose.
    I really like it but only buy it when its on offer.

    Premier Icon cinnamon_girl
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    Scapegoat indeed they are. Interesting that they’re not much good for the table meaning they’re only useful for their feathers!

    Have become addicted to telly programs about Alaska and the homesteading way of life is fascinating. Last week saw a bear being shot and the camera followed it as it fell from the cliff to land on the beach. Watched it being skinned and sliced, providing a good amount of meat that would be put in the freezer for use during the Winter months.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    I can send you some i shot myself if you like. It’s nice 😄

    älgjägare Martin

    Bernard Matthews do it, it’s caribootiful

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    My dad used to bring back elk meat from Finland, we would make Elk Bourguignon with it , extremely lean , coarse texture, smoked Reindeer was lovely but we got less of that.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    FFS how many billions of geese do we have in this country, why aren’t we eating them???

    I dunno if it’s that many. I’ve been seeing a couple of flocks a day with 10-20 birds flying over. In Wisconsin where we often end up in autumn the sky’s full of them wherever you look.

    After listening to Joe Rogan…I’m tempted to source some elk meat.

    Yeah, but have you done DMT?

    I thought the Elk meat thing was about being a real bro. You know, wake at 3 in the morning, kettlebell workout, CBD oil to sooth your joints and calm your nerves, then take down an Elk with your bow and arrow.

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    if someone like Vicar’s Game doesn’t have it I fear you may struggle. They normally have everything!

    I’ve spent far far too much there in the last 10 years.

    dashed
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    Venison is much easier to get hold of than Elk in the UK. I’ve got a freezer full of the stuff if anyone in South Manc wants to try some… I work on a red wine bartering system 😉

    Venison is very sustainable, generally low food miles, wild, free range etc and there’s loads of it about if you know where to look – FB group “giving up the game” is a good place to start – loads of game and venison going on there for free or reasonable amounts – usually about £3/kg for whole carcass which is what the game dealers pay so very reasonable (and about 1/10th the price you’ll pay in supermarkets / farm shops).

    BTW – there was a comment up there ^^ about culled deer only being old animals and wild venison being very gamey if hung. Neither of those are true. A range of animals get shot to ensure a healthy, balanced population. And hanging venison doesn’t hugely change its flavour – it’s more about letting the meat dry out slightly to make it nicer to butcher and cook.

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