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I'm quite pleased with myself!

Post: #282813 Green Aura
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:48 am

At the weekend a neighbour knocked on the door and announced he'd just shot a goose and would we like it. Duh, of course!

Well, when I say just, I mean it was still warm and floppy and I found myself holding this thing while my OH disappeared off to find string. Anyway we hung it overnight (fortunately my shop is both closed and cold :lol: ) and then we set about processing it.

I know a lot of you do this with no problem, but I have vivid memories of dealing with a wood pigeon (way back in the mists of time - I think I was about 12) and nearly throwing up when all this bright purple goo came out - I think it'd been eating elderberries or somesuch. So I was a trifle nervous, to say the least. The stupid thing is I have no problems butchering half a pig or goat (my birthday present last year was a set of butchers' knives).

Anyway, the long and the short of it is that we now have a beautifully plucked and drawn bird, in the freezer, which I'm thinking might do us for Christmas and I'm feeling ridiculously chuffed with both of us.

I do have one question though. Do any of you know how we'd tell how old it is? In researching the whole preparation bit we were horrified to see lots of hunters just removing the breasts and discarding the rest because "older geese are too tough unless you're going to casserole them for hours". I'd like to be able to chew my Christmas dinner! :santa:
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Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:56 am

Did you ever find out how old the goose was?And did it cook up nicely? :)

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Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:50 pm

We had it for Christmas dinner and it was delicious (a little bit tough but not inedible). It made fabulous stew the next day though. :lol:
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Post: #284761 doofaloofa
Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:38 pm

It's quite rude to ask a goose her age
ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

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Post: #284762 Green Aura
Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:49 pm

Who are you calling a goose! :shock: :lol:
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Post: #284763 littlemissrose
Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:30 pm

Well Congrats on conquering your free meal!!!! You should feel proud! :flower:
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My dutch blog: https://hetlevenvaneenroosje.wordpress.com has the same content bu is updated sooner.

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Post: #284764 doofaloofa
Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:39 am

Green Aura wrote:Who are you calling a goose! :shock: :lol:


The goose
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Post: #284774 mamos
Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:41 am

Oh I like goose

I would like to learn how to process game a little more efficiently. I have a very good video on my blog links page on how to do rabbits properly with a really nice recipe.

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