We haven’t bought any meat in years. As I’ve said in previous posts, although Cherie is a vegetarian, I’m not. I consider myself a “farmitarian.” All the meat I eat comes off this farm. I don’t eat meat in restaurants. I don’t eat the meat of any animal I didn’t raise, hunt or catch myself.
Most of the meat I eat is venison. Occasionally we’ll have to cull a young rooster or two out of the flock and if so I dress them and eat them. I also eat fish from our pond. We skipped a year raising pigs so I haven’t had pork in about a year, although that should change soon. Still, although I don’t eat a lot of meat, the vast majority of the meat I eat is deer.
Deer are abundant on our farm. They are the ultimate free range animals I suppose.
It puzzles me that so few people eat venison. Even here in the country most of the deer hunters are just doing it for fun. Personally I don’t find anything about killing deer “fun.” But every deer season we’re overrun by men who dress up in camouflage clothes and shoot at deer. Many of them are dangerous menaces, disrespectful of our property rights and seemingly oblivious to the fact that our farm is also our home. But I digress. I’ll save that rant for another day. One of my objections to the annual swarm of hunters is that they aren’t hunting to feed their families, but rather just for the “sport” of killing animals.
Deer are grossly overpopulated in this part of the world. I see them on our farm every day. Sometimes dozens of them. They would make a great food source for country folks. The meat is lean and tasty. I strongly prefer it to beef.
Venison is a very versatile meat. Over the past few days I’ve had venison meatloaf, venison spaghetti and vension burritos. It is also great in stews, which are especially good on winter days. The tenderloins are outstanding, as is venison sausage. Personally I’m not crazy about venison steak, but it’s another good way to prepare it.
It seems to me that if we’re going to eat meat, why not eat the game animals that nature is providing for us?
I could easily live as a vegetarian. But for now I’ll stay a farmitarian. And for the cost of a couple of bullets (a few pennies) and a processing fee, I’ll have all the meat I need for a year.