Hunting Success

8 09 2008

Disclaimer: this post may not be for those of you who are rather squeamish… If you don’t want to hear about hunting you can click here to be directed back to my meal plan for the week

Hunting success!! A whole moose has been added to my freezer!¬† Well, not a whole moose, just the edible parts ūüôā¬† Plus 4 small ducks that we’ll cook up this week.¬†¬†Here are pictures of the hunter and the moose.

We separated, cleaned and packaged up the meat yesterday afternoon. I roughly weighed the packages and here is what we’ve put in our freezer so far:

26 roasts- 64#
5 packages of steaks- 8#
2 tenderloin- 3#
7 backstrap- 12#
5 packages stew meat- 8#
Total: approx 95#

And we have at least another 100# of scraps to get processed into burger, sausage, brats, etc.

We have another 62 packages of stuff from last year’s moose (summer sausage, brats, kielbasa, burger, breakfast sausage, roasts) plus over 60 packages of salmon and halibut, a whole turkey, a huge package of pork ribs. I don’t think I need to buy meat for the next two years!

What a blessing it is to live in a place where we are able to fill our freezer like this. I myself am not one for doing the actual hunting or field dressing, but I will help cut up and package the meat and I am thankful to have it for my family to eat. I know a lot of people are put off by hunting or eating game, but to them I have to say- if you eat beef or chicken, then there’s no reason that you should look down on hunting, at least the kind I’m talking about here. The moose in our freezer lived a much better life and died an easier death than most cows do. The meat is leaner, and as organic as you can get. As far as taste, I haven’t tasted the meat from this one yet, but last year’s was not gamey at all, I could barely, if at all, tell the difference between it and beef.

So, there you have it… living in Alaska we may pay a fortune for our house, gas, a gallon of milk or fresh produce, but at least we don’t have to buy meat.

Lunch at Cabela’s

29 07 2008

On a recent road trip, we made a lunch stop at the brand new Cabela’s Outfitter store. A tasty lunch was followed by a stroll through the Savannah, the Tundra, and more. They have very impressive displays! This¬†store even had a walk-through aquarium (see photo gallery¬†#17 on their site), which was by far, Bean’s favorite part of the visit. Our only purchases¬†were chocolate pretzels (stay away from them, they look better than they taste) and a mosquito patch (which we haven’t tried yet). Here’s¬†Bean’s closest¬†encounters with moose so far: (Jennifer can top any moose story I have)¬†










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