An unusual meal the day before Thanksgiving

United States
November 23, 2017 11:58am CST
Yesterday my husband (who rarely cooks) decided to cook some bear meat. A friend had killed a large bear behind our house and shared some of it with us. Being a country girl (well, for many years, but grew up in the suburbs), it's strange I've never eaten bear meat. My husband sliced it very thin, pounded it with a mallet, then seasoned and floured it and fried it in oil. I made some white gravy to pour over it. It actually tasted like beef steak and was very tender. I just have to work on the idea of it being bear! But why is that any different than eating a cow or pig or chicken? Just what we get used to, I guess. I know some of you don't eat any of that so you don't have to wonder what bear tastes like! At least it wasn't a meat that my husband got me to try years ago: barbequed raccoon. It was horrible before I even knew what it was! Do any of you like wild game? Happy Thanksgiving, my myLot buddies.
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@Corbin5 (81979)
• United States
23 Nov
My grandfather hunted wild game, back in the day. I know he cooked possum one time and served it to my aunt Peggy without telling her, and she was furious when she found out what she had eaten.
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• United States
24 Nov
That's exactally what happened when my husband gave me that raccoon and told me it was pheasant!
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@Dyvette16 (1361)
• San Antonio, Texas
23 Nov
Wow I have not tried that meat before
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• United States
23 Nov
I was surprised it tasted fairly good.
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@Dyvette16 (1361)
• San Antonio, Texas
23 Nov
@1creekgirl I would give it a try
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@Kandae11 (27188)
23 Nov
How did they get all that fur off the bear in order to prepare the meat?
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• United States
23 Nov
I guess they skin it like a deer.
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@JohnRoberts (41203)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Nov
I have never eaten venison or any kind of wild game.
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• United States
23 Nov
I do like venison ground up in spaghetti and chili, but not as a roast or stew.
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@sallypup (22018)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Nov
Years ago I ate bear. It was from a half starved bear so it was not tender meat. Poor bear.
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• United States
24 Nov
I guess some wild meat is more tender than others.
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@sallypup (22018)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Nov
@1creekgirl It depends on what the bear or other animal has eaten or if its been running around, getting muscled instead of fat.
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@RasmaSandra (13426)
• Riga, Latvia
23 Nov
I have never tried bear but I have eaten deer and really liked it. Hope you're having a Happy Thanksgiving.
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• United States
23 Nov
Thanks. I know you miss your husband today.
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@RasmaSandra (13426)
• Riga, Latvia
24 Nov
@1creekgirl we used to like making a special meal just to symbolize Thanksgiving because he too liked everything to do with the U.S. and he understood it was important to me. Writing this I suddenly realized I forgot what it was I finally managed to eat and now remembered that I just made some french fries and eggs.
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@Srbageldog (5612)
• United States
24 Nov
One of my uncles gave us some bear meat when I was little. I don't recall if I tried any of it or not, but I remember the smell when my dad was cooking it. Raccoon is a delicacy my great Uncle Bill often enjoyed, scraped fresh off the road...he also had a fondness for squirrels, and whatever other roadkill he could find.
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• United States
26 Nov
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@lady1993 (15644)
• Philippines
24 Nov
wow, i would love to try that, just the bear though i wonder why the raccoon didn't taste good though, isn't it just meat?
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• United States
26 Nov
Not every meat tastes alike, thank goodness!
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@andriaperry (33265)
• Anniston, Alabama
23 Nov
I have never had Raccoon. Nor bear but I am glad to know what bear taste like, black bear have began to show up in these woods but I am hoping that they do not take over. Happy Thanksgiving!
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• United States
23 Nov
We're seeing more black bears all the time. Hope your Thanksgiving day has been good.
@FayeHazel (11810)
• United States
26 Nov
Ah yes, -- I have had deer, pheasant, rabbit ... the latter of which was a little hard to get around what it was... but you are right... why is it different than anything other kinds of meats... I guess? I'm happy it was tasty
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@dgobucks226 (6818)
25 Nov
I have tried venison. Your husband has a very exotic taste in food when it comes to animal meat, lol.
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@LoriAMoore (10100)
• United States
24 Nov
We went to a wild game restaurant in Nairobi, but no bear on the menu. Wow, you're very brave.
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@cahaya1983 (9677)
• Malaysia
24 Nov
Not into wild game here. Actually I didn't even know people eat bear meat,let alone raccoon!
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@JudyEv (101133)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov
I'd be happy to try bear. As you say, often it's just what you're used to.
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@ourlot (1005)
23 Nov
I have eaten wild game, but never a bear. Deer, wild geese, wild boar. All delicious. I don't know how raccoon taste like, but I'd take your word it tastes horrible. I suppose it's more natural to kill a wild animal (as long as it's legal) than to eat an animal that grew up in a cage.
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@UncleJoe (8609)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
26 Nov
I liked it when it was all we had. Never thought about eating a carnivore though.