We ground up most of our deer meat this year and have turned much of it into jerky. It’s a great and healthy snack food, and we love taking it on our road trips…Jethro (our dog) likes it, too, as he inevitably gets a few pieces (especially when we forget to pack dog food…)!
We used to make deer jerky in a dehydrator, but we found that it would dry the meat out too much, so Roy switched to making it in the oven.
The first step is to grind some deer meat.
So far we’ve only used seasoning kits…they are so easy to use, and most of them taste great. (We’re still experimenting with our recipes, so hopefully we’ll be able to post a successful one soon!) So add the seasoning to the ground meat. Our favorite has been the Hi Mountain Cracked Pepper and Garlic seasoning. Follow meat to spice ratio on seasoning packet. Don’t skimp on the seasonings even a little bit!
I’m from South Dakota where we would have a casserole (Or do you call it a hot dish??? There must be a map of the preferred term…) at least once a week. Growing up, our style was basically combine whatever you have left in the fridge that needs to be eaten, some type of rice/pasta, ground beef (usually), mix in some spices, throw some cheese on top, and bake it for a bit. Voila! Lunch/dinner/supper (whatever you call it…probably a map out there somewhere of this, too) was served!
I hope everybody had a nice Thanksgiving! We had a great time with Roy’s folks and our friend, Jill, along with a couple of doggies who laid by the table hoping some scraps would come their way…and they did.
The week leading up to Thanksgiving, Roy and I ate this antelope stew everysingleday. To state the obvious, we made A LOT of stew. It’s a good thing it was so tasty! Although, we will probably make a smaller batch next time or freeze half of it for an easy dinner in the future.
Bright colored peppers, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and many other ingredients make up this mole sauce. Unfortunately, the final photo does not indicate all of the brightness and vibrancy that goes into the sauce!
This was Roy’s first elk. He has been working incredibly hard at hunting elk since we moved to Montana. When he got a cow elk just a couple of weeks ago, we were both pretty dang happy! A common saying in our house has been the random, “Can you believe you/I got an elk?!?!”
We are in the middle of hunting season here in Montana, and our freezer has been filled with a deer, antelope, and elk!
One thing I love about fall and winter is that it also equals hearty stew season! (At least here in Montana where we have cool and even frigid seasons!) The daylight hours are more precious and temperatures are below freezing, making it a perfect time to hunker down in the evenings, have a glass of wine, and make and enjoy some chili.
When I first told Roy that I was going to make us a sweet potato chili with some ground deer meat, I got the crinkled nose look from him. He was skeptical.