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Eating Deer heart
Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:15am
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Who out there eats the heart from a Deer?

How do you prepare it & what is your favourite way of cooking it?
  
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Reply #1 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:19am
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I wait for it to stop beating and then remove it from the deer. Cut it into little strips and fry it in a bit of butter. Sometimes have to use a bit of deer fat if I am camping rough. Cook it up with a bit of liver and a bit of eye fillet (can be chewy though).

Awesome. Goes well with red wine or port or beer or rum and coke. Smiley
  
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Reply #2 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:27am
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I always take mine if camping and instruct mates to do the same! Give it a fry up with hearty beef n tomato cup of soup mix and onion. And as PC says chuck bit of eye fillet in too.
  
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Reply #3 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:33am
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PORKCHOP wrote on Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:19am:
I wait for it to stop beating and then remove it from the deer. Cut it into little strips and fry it in a bit of butter. Sometimes have to use a bit of deer fat if I am camping rough. Cook it up with a bit of liver and a bit of eye fillet (can be chewy though).

Awesome. Goes well with red wine or port or beer or rum and coke. Smiley


When you say chewy do you mean the heart?
  
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Reply #4 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:41am
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best part of a deer! fry it up with a bit of garlic and onions, beautiful!
  
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Reply #5 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:42am
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I always try take it if it is still in one piece.

Cut into strips remove sinewy bits.

Salt and pepper liberally and fry quickly. Important not to overcook otherwise it will become tough.

I find it a bit chewy but very tasty.
  
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Reply #6 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:49am
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Offal is like fish. The fresher the better. It works out well because fresh meat isn't as good as aged meat, so you eat your offal first.

It is one of the best parts of the animal once you get into it.

I like deer heart crumbed.

Slice into around 10 mm slices. Slice it across ways, not up and down, if that makes sense.

Roll in flour first, then egg and milk, then crumb. Very hot oil. Canola oil gets the crumbs crunchy fast, which is good because you don't want to over cook it. Cook only until the crumbs are crunchy and rest for a good 5 minutes, preferably on some paper towels or news paper to keep the crumb crunchy.

I love it. There is a picture of the finished product in the latest NZ Hunter magazine  Wink
  
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Reply #7 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:50am
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I do mine like smkdout22...he's onto it.

I cut it into thinish strips, roll it in hearty beef & tomato soup mix. Sometimes I mix a bit of flour or I might dip it in milk and then crumb it. Pan fry with garlic and in plenty of oil until brown. If you like chilli throw some in the oil too. You can do eye fillet the same way as well but I usually just flour or crumb them and fry in plenty of oil and garlic until brown. Don't over cook and let the eyefillet rest for 5 mins before cutting - helps to distribute the moisture throughout the meat. Yum!
  
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Reply #8 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:52am
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heart isn't offal, its not an organ. its a muscle, its meat. but it has a lot of blood in it so yes, it should be eaten fresh.
  
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Reply #9 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 7:20pm
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chris wrote on Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:52am:
heart isn't offal, its not an organ. its a muscle, its meat. but it has a lot of blood in it so yes, it should be eaten fresh.


Sorry, you are right. I just throw it in that group because thats how a lot of people view it.


  
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Reply #10 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 7:32pm
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gee you guys are flash, I just slice it thin and fry it fast, heaps of salt if I have it.
usually eat it once ive gutted the animal and am pumping myself up for the carry.
Chris is right its a muscle so its meat, one of the most underrated IMO
  
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Reply #11 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 7:58pm
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Sorry, you are right. I just throw it in that group because thats how a lot of people view it.



yeah fair call, i think most people think its offal.
  
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Re: Eating Deer heart
Reply #12 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 8:10pm
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heart n tongue,ate lots in the old days before 1080
  

It is much better to Hit the Animal in the right place, with a Rifle you can shoot well, then to hit it poorly with a Large Calibre..John Nosler
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Reply #13 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 8:31pm
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chris wrote on Jun 25th, 2013 at 10:41am:
best part of a deer! fry it up with a bit of garlic and onions, beautiful!

Chris did this for me during the roar this year. I dont even eat Garlic, and I am sure Chris did tone the Garlic down for me. I had never considered eating heart before. Now, I am sold on it. Good stuff Chris
  
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Reply #14 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 8:44pm
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Venison heart,liver and kidneys..cut the heart and kidneys crossways.Make all bits the size of pineapple pieces,add cut up onion,mushroom and bacon, stirfry..do not over cook,throw in some pineapple pieces when half way done..salt/pepper.
No-one brings a deer back to camp without bringing me the yummy bits..thats the rules!! Smiley
  
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Reply #15 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 8:47pm
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not to be pedantic but it is offal. It's pretty good. Chris threw the last two hearts away that I brought back for him Tone Angry
  
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Reply #16 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 9:00pm
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Sikakila wrote on Jun 25th, 2013 at 8:44pm:
Venison heart,liver and kidneys..cut the heart and kidneys crossways.Make all bits the size of pineapple pieces,add cut up onion,mushroom and bacon, stirfry..do not over cook,throw in some pineapple pieces when half way done..salt/pepper.
No-one brings a deer back to camp without bringing me the yummy bits..thats the rules!! Smiley


Venison Fry and bacon, my man !

I ditch the pineapple and add a white sauce. As you say, heaps of salt and pepper. I stir cream in right at the end, then slap it on a massive slice of toasted camp oven bread.

F*#kin WOW !
  
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Re: Eating Deer heart
Reply #17 - Jun 25th, 2013 at 9:48pm
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Heart and liver first to hit the fry pan, after cutting and wrapping. Be sure to trim off the outer skin from the liver, onions salt and pepper hmm good! Smiley
  
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