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#3113687 - 01/07/13 09:10 PM Serious Discussions about Deer Fat
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In the Cooking Forum, I posted some pics and recipe of a whole neck roast stew I did yesterday: http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=3111540&page=1#Post3111540

Neck roast have a good bit of fat pockets buried in them, so naturally, when I pulled the leftovers out of the fridge tonight, there was a layer of rendered fat across the top like a sheet of ice. I began to break it up to throw away and, as I was holding a flake of pure, rendered deer fat, I decided to take a bite of it. I have never actually taken a bite of pure deer fat before, much less rendered fat or "tallow", which is concentrated.



Hunters always talk about how "gamey" deer fat is, how it will ruin your meals. I admit, it has been hammered into my head that it tastes "nasty". Did I know this for myself? No, though I have had good success cooking eating deer ribs which, most hunters will tell you is nothing short of dog food. (again, I dare say that most, if not all hunters who say that deer ribs are dog food have actually eaten deer ribs before).

So, show of hands. Who has actually eaten pure deer fat before? Because, I just ate it and it was not gamey at all. In fact, it tasted like venison. If you have not eaten deer fat before, how do you know that it is gamey? How do you know that it is nasty? And, if you have not eaten it before, do you even get to have an opinion that matter?
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#3113734 - 01/07/13 09:21 PM Re: Serious Discussions about Deer Fat [Re: Poser]
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From what I understand it turns rancid rather quickly and if left with venison even when frozen can ruin an entire package of meat.
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#3113763 - 01/07/13 09:26 PM Re: Serious Discussions about Deer Fat [Re: Poser]
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Deer Tallow is waxy to me.It Sticks to the roof of my mouth and gives me indigestion. I'm sure if I was hungry enough I could develop a taste for it. It makes good soap and candles if you want to take the time.
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#3113768 - 01/07/13 09:28 PM Re: Serious Discussions about Deer Fat [Re: jlrobbins29]
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 Originally Posted By: jlrobbins29
From what I understand it turns rancid rather quickly and if left with venison even when frozen can ruin an entire package of meat.


Maybe the big layer of fat that is on the outside of the meat, but it is impossible to take all the fat off the meat before packaging.

As for what Poser is talking about that is some of the fat that is in the meat. it cooks down in the roasting/stewing process and when it gets cold thickens like a sheet of ice on the broth/juice. I will skim some off but most times I just heatit back up and it turns back into juice or broth. I have never had it cause a bad flavor.
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#3113919 - 01/07/13 10:25 PM Re: Serious Discussions about Deer Fat [Re: Bone Collector]
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I have eaten the thick fat around the top of a deer heart before and had the same experience. Different texture but tasted like deer. Nothing off putting about it.

One cookbook I reference a lot argues against deer fat because it hardens quickly after cooking. Maybe the fat congealing is the bigger problem and not the taste.
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#3114145 - 01/08/13 07:30 AM Re: Serious Discussions about Deer Fat [Re: WMAn]
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Why do you eat "fat"? I must have missed something...I avoid fat in all foods if I can help it at all...
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#3114232 - 01/08/13 08:26 AM Re: Serious Discussions about Deer Fat [Re: Coach]
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I believe Poser was eating the fat to test the taste of deer fat without any lean meat attached. But, I'm interested Coach as to your reasons for avoiding fat?
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#3114245 - 01/08/13 08:33 AM Re: Serious Discussions about Deer Fat [Re: Bone Collector]
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 Originally Posted By: Bone Collector
most times I just heat it back up and it turns back into juice or broth. I have never had it cause a bad flavor.


Same here. What I won't eat is the fat that doesnt cook down.

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#3114350 - 01/08/13 09:19 AM Re: Serious Discussions about Deer Fat [Re: Bayou Buck]
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I can remember eating deer fat once and it just had the worst taste and my mouth felt like I had eaten a candle. I try to get as much off as I can.
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#3114427 - 01/08/13 10:09 AM Re: Serious Discussions about Deer Fat [Re: woodsman87]
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I trim fat from venison because of that same adage.

I wonder if all fat is not created equal, however. Sort of like how certain animals carry smells/tastes in parts of their body due to the location of glands...perhaps certain pockets of fat house other tastes that are generally unpleasant or something.

When deer fat is cooked into food (especially when dealing with ground burger), I've never noticed a problem with the flavor when re-heating the congealed stuff.

I suspect (like a lot of things) that there's a good deal that we don't know about the specifics of deer fat. It's good to question the norm about this stuff - sort of like dismissing ribs because of poor eating quality, right?
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