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What's a good eating age for a boar
Mar 31st, 2019 at 9:17am
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Just wondering how old a boar has to be before it is too old to eat.
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #1 - Mar 31st, 2019 at 2:30pm
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gereatric..... the best eaters are a sow under 100lb or a boar under 80lb....that said Ive eaten many boars in the 140-180lb mark over the years....apple sauce is your friend...just like gravy does to roast beef it puts the moisture back in to replace what cooking takes out... another GREAT option is to take the hams into the local butcher and get them made into....hams Grin $20-30 a pop and it sure beats the bought stuff.....mutton hams are awesome done that way too.
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #2 - Mar 31st, 2019 at 2:50pm
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Young pigs = roasts and chops
Old pigs = sausages
Fat middle age pigs = bacon and pork belly
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #3 - Apr 1st, 2019 at 7:16am
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Thanks for the replies, Maddoghunter, and Micky Duck. Smiley
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #4 - Apr 1st, 2019 at 8:55am
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no wild pig is good eating, average at best  Grin Grin Grin


imo size isnt a good gauge as some breeding and diet grows small pigs that are old and tainted ya dont wanna eat a smelly old boar thats been working lots and lives off mainly dead rotten stuff.  also depends how far from the truck you are to make the call if its an eater  Cheesy

  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #5 - Apr 1st, 2019 at 9:44am
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gonehuntin wrote on Apr 1st, 2019 at 8:55am:
no wild pig is good eating, average at best  Grin Grin Grin


imo size isnt a good gauge as some breeding and diet grows small pigs that are old and tainted ya dont wanna eat a smelly old boar thats been working lots and lives off mainly dead rotten stuff.  also depends how far from the truck you are to make the call if its an eater  Cheesy


You need to come up here and try a pig that’s been getting into the potato and onion crops.
Make those skanky pigs from the native taste like s&$t.
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #6 - Apr 1st, 2019 at 9:51am
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we feed our pigs  for the freezer spuds and theyre awsome,  do onions taint them tho?  turnip and swede crop do.

  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #7 - Apr 1st, 2019 at 3:07pm
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gonehuntin wrote on Apr 1st, 2019 at 9:51am:
we feed our pigs  for the freezer spuds and theyre awsome,  do onions taint them tho?  turnip and swede crop do.


Dunno
All I know is they taste nice.
Very few captain cookers left. Most seem to have a long straight back like a large white or Duroc
  
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Reply #8 - Apr 1st, 2019 at 9:12pm
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I am often "lucky" to shoot big boars for some reason (that reason might be that if I see pig I don't look much and shoot Grin)...About year ago I have shot huge boar which was 98 kilos (216 lb), about 6 years old and both legs got turned into hams (brined, smoked, cooked), they were ok but you can definitely still taste the "boar taint". Some cuts I soaked in milk overnight (thats whats most people in Europe would do) and then pre cooked, smoked and BBQed, that was great. But best thing I made out of that old stinker was dry cured salami called "Salsiccia di Cinghiale" and man I can tell you that next time when I shoot some beast like this its going whole into the salami! Couple months ago I shot 70 kilo boar (154 lb), about 2 years old, and he was just fine, I even used most of the fat for dry cured sausages and belly cuts for bacon/pancetta!  Cool
  

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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #9 - Apr 2nd, 2019 at 8:42am
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That sounds like a good plan about the salami bit Pete82. thanks.
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #10 - Apr 2nd, 2019 at 10:11am
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gonehuntin wrote on Apr 1st, 2019 at 9:51am:
do onions taint them tho?  turnip and swede crop do.

I got told years ago that pigs out of the pines taste like pine ive asked pig hunters and they all say they have never had one that taste bad from pines. Smiley
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
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I like a pig that has come out of the native because of the different tucker that they are on especially when the Hinau and Miro berries are dropping they get fat as.
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #12 - Apr 2nd, 2019 at 7:04pm
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yip pine pigs do taste funky..... the Maori fellas I used to hunt with would whip boars nuts out straight away and get rid of the pizzly bits quick smart too.....always followed this advice and reckon it may have merit.
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #13 - Apr 5th, 2019 at 6:15pm
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Micky Duck wrote on Apr 2nd, 2019 at 7:04pm:
yip pine pigs do taste funky..... the Maori fellas I used to hunt with would whip boars nuts out straight away and get rid of the pizzly bits quick smart too.....always followed this advice and reckon it may have merit.


Its a myth,  theyve been there since birth any tainting has been already done and mostly occurs once theyve been working.
  
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Re: What's a good eating age for a boar
Reply #14 - Apr 6th, 2019 at 9:09am
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hey whanau? less than half of the pigs I catch end up as chops and roasts, a lot go to marae to be made into sausages and even mince. when we catch a boar regardless of size and age we always make sure we remove the gland that is in it back passage, im not sure what its called but I know if left in it will realy taint the meat, I don't believe that hanging pork helps in any way with its taste it tenderness so we either singe it or skin it before letting it set in the chiller before cutting up and packing, on all the pigs we eat when we hang them in the chiller we always cut thru to the ball and socket of the hip joint and pop iy open so that its exposed and we also make a cut from the rear of one shoulder up over the to to the other shoulder and leave that exposed while it cools, normaly 24 hours, don't ask me why but it realey dos take aloot of the boary smell out of the meat, bon appatite
  
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