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astro
12-06-2002, 12:40 AM
Wild and gamey or just like chicken? Surely some enterprising, woodcrafty doper has partaken of the busy castor canadensis (http://beaversww.org/beaver.html). What's the meat like under that luxuriant pelt?

Bob55
12-06-2002, 01:26 AM
tree bark?

BobT
12-06-2002, 01:31 AM
Presumably you can't buy it in stores.

http://geocities.com/Heartland/Valley/6470/wildp50.html

djf750
12-06-2002, 01:38 AM
I don't know but at I am watching "Leave it to Beaver" right now. It's the one where they capture a rabbit and it has babies and Beaver thinks they are rats eating "Henry" (the rabbit)

I think June cooks them all for dinner.

John Carter of Mars
12-06-2002, 01:38 AM
What does wild beaver taste like?

Astro! With this question, you leave opportunities open for endless puns! Endless, I tell you!

Ahem, to the question: Once while on a camping trip, food ran short, a plump Castor canadensis revealed himself and a .270 Winchester round was put to use.
Beaver (that kind) is unbelievably tough. They use their muscles doing all that dam building, and they are hard.
The flavor wasn't bad. You wouldn't call it "like chicken", though.

My best advice, forget about tasting that type of beaver, and try to shoot a turtle or catch a fish if you need some supper while in the wilderness.

andygirl
12-06-2002, 01:43 AM
I'm having to physically restrain myself from making a horrifically tasteless joke.

I think I deserve a medal for this.

John Carter of Mars
12-06-2002, 02:02 AM
Originally posted by andygirl
I'm having to physically restrain myself from making a horrifically tasteless joke.

I think I deserve a medal for this.

Go ahead, andygirl. Somebody's gonna' do it, might as well be you. I already had to restrain myself, and we don't need all these restrained dopers at once, do we?

Enderw24
12-06-2002, 02:05 AM
A gentleman would at least buy me dinner before he attempted to restrain my wild beaver.

Feynn
12-06-2002, 02:27 AM
From Feynnis Canadensis...

I can say I've eaten much better than wild beaver. It doesn't top my list of wild meat I would choose to eat.

Forbin
12-06-2002, 03:10 AM
A lot like Bald Eagle actually.

Forbin
12-06-2002, 03:12 AM
But not at all like Spotted Owl.
:p

Mangetout
12-06-2002, 04:05 AM
Dodo was the best, but there's not much left in the freezer.

I'm hoping to get one of those Korean giant turtles for soup, before they are all gone.

Khadaji
12-06-2002, 08:24 AM
Tuna

Uncommon Sense
12-06-2002, 08:41 AM
Where is Bryan Ekers on this one???

rundogrun
12-06-2002, 09:01 AM
Much gamier than the farm raised kind.

Guess that works on both levels...

Winston Smith
12-06-2002, 09:02 AM
It tastes just like Groundhog.

lieu
12-06-2002, 09:12 AM
Not bad if you stay away from the tail.

lieu
12-06-2002, 09:26 AM
There's probably a kit somewhere that'll teach you how to do it.

slortar
12-06-2002, 02:14 PM
Before or after douching?

Uncommon Sense
12-06-2002, 03:04 PM
You don`t have the option of knowing, take your best guess.

Turbo Dog
12-06-2002, 04:10 PM
To me it tastes sort of like squirrel. I think it is pretty good but like a lot of smaller animals, it is best if parboiled a bit first. The tail is the best. If you roast it right, it is wonderful.

JoeyHemlock
12-06-2002, 04:19 PM
Caged or free-range?

Oh, wait, you said wild beaver. I thought you meant the farm-raised domesticated beaver. I'll read more closely next time.

I can't believe that's butter!
12-06-2002, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by djf750
I don't know but at I am watching "Leave it to Beaver" right now. It's the one where they capture a rabbit and it has babies and Beaver thinks they are rats eating "Henry" (the rabbit)

I think June cooks them all for dinner.


It does taste similar to chili rabbit, at that....

I can't believe that's butter!
12-06-2002, 04:51 PM
...but I will say that I prefer farm-raised, as I find they are much more meaty.

:: is dragged off stage by a hamster brigade in anticipation of worse....::

lieu
12-06-2002, 05:27 PM
Nice to see that nobody's lodged a dam complaint.

foolsguinea
12-06-2002, 05:44 PM
Mangetout!
Shame on you!

Wow. People sure have been restrained on this one....

Rysdad
12-06-2002, 06:41 PM
The taste changes considerably about a half hour after the bars close.

Don't ask.

An Arky
12-06-2002, 08:00 PM
Lewis and Clark's crew considered beaver tale a delicacy...

Huemr
12-06-2002, 08:57 PM
It's kinda like a cross between a California Condor, and a Baby Harp Seal.

I am Sparticus
12-06-2002, 10:02 PM
Originally posted by An Arky
Lewis and Clark's crew considered beaver tale a delicacy...

Tail is in fact a delicacy. Wild beaver tastes like fresh ripe melons.

Pablito
12-06-2002, 10:10 PM
It's one of my favorite tastes, but I'm always either hungry or sleepy afterwards. I love it when the beaver is so wild it just won't hold still and you have to struggle to keep your mouth on it.

Pablito
12-06-2002, 10:11 PM
It's one of my favorite tastes, but I'm always either hungry or sleepy afterwards. I love it when the beaver is so wild it just won't hold still and you have to struggle to keep your mouth on it. And the gamier, the better, in my opinion.

elfkin477
12-07-2002, 12:10 AM
Originally posted by andygirl
I'm having to physically restrain myself from making a horrifically tasteless joke.

I think I deserve a medal for this.

Dammit, I wish you'd made the joke. I was betting there would be a bad joke within the first 5 responses. You and your self restraint... :mad:

okielady
12-07-2002, 07:32 AM
I've never personally had one, but I hear the taste can be affected by what the beaver has ingested recently.

John Carter of Mars
12-07-2002, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by okielady
I've never personally had one, but I hear the taste can be affected by what the beaver has ingested recently.

WHOA!

handy
12-07-2002, 08:14 PM
I know someone who went to Oregon State College, I can ask them :-)

ņaņi
12-08-2002, 04:09 AM
Rosemary

gouda
12-08-2002, 07:29 AM
This is not what I opened this thread for!!!

Rysdad
12-08-2002, 09:59 AM
Originally posted by handy
I know someone who went to Oregon State College, I can ask them :-)

Well, if anyone would know how to serve beaver, surely it would be Betty Crocker (http://alumni.oregonstate.edu/famous/b.html).

handy
12-08-2002, 10:13 AM
"This is not what I opened this thread for!!!"

Your name is 'astro'?

gouda
12-10-2002, 12:44 AM
okok... newbie mistake... I meant, "this is not what I had expected to read when I clicked on the thread title"

Bryan Ekers
12-12-2002, 03:40 PM
Originally posted by whuckfistle
Where is Bryan Ekers on this one???

Well, excuse the heck outta me for being late!

I expect beaver probably tastes like rabbit (which I've eaten) though some websites describe as being like muskrat (which I've not). It might be worth checking out, but I'm all city-fied from living in Montreal and I can't remember the last time I actually saw a beaver, except on a nickel.

During a casual google for "beaver meat", I uncovered recipes (including this one from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (http://state.ak.us/adfg/geninfo/recipes/feb99.htm)) and a probably apocryphal story about Catholics asking if they could eat beaver on Fridays, using the animal's scaly tail as a means to rationalize that it was a fish, and therefore okay.

I'm sorry if this post isn't funny enough for you.

Uncommon Sense
12-12-2002, 04:08 PM
Damnit!!

lieu
12-12-2002, 04:31 PM
Pie.

ReBusEniGma
12-12-2002, 05:13 PM
Unbelievable...I never thought I would be able to respond to someone asking this. I shall surely hateth myself come the dawn for sharing this... :smack:

We were living in central British Columbia and we had to get rid of a beaver damn in a small lake... I'll spare you the details.

The tail is all fat...roll it in in foil with some rock salt and put it in the fire and it comes out tasting like, well, hot, salty fat. Sort of a cross between bacon cracklings and...um... crisco.

The meat was more like eating dirty socks. Wasn't a pleasant experience. Maybe because the poor bugger was old and tough...maybe a nice young beaver would have... *shaking head*

Muskrat tastes much better... more of a fishy taste.

~eNiGma

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