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    Hare jerky?

    Hey y'all, anyone had any experience with jerking hare?
    Was more concerned about any potential health risk eg tularemia etc rather than recipe. Is it safe to do?
    I've been in touch with mpi in the past regarding diseases and parasites surrounding small game but they don't seem to have much. I love rabbit and hare hunting and would love some concrete facts surrounding potential risk regarding small game hunting specifically in new zealand.
    Thanks in advance
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    I've been tempted to try it in the past......must go harvest a few and give it a go
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    I've always eaten rabbit (northland) But I think we avoid a lot of diseases that may be in other parts of country.
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    In light of Tula I wouldnt do it, Its raw meat. Remember Liviticus - Thou shall eat the animals with the split hoof that chew their cuds etc these are clean to you. Rabbits hares etc are unclean. So even back before JC there were health problems with Coney's and Lepus
    Cook your hares, but more importantly inspect them when gutting and make sure they are healthy.
    I would buy a beef heart from the butcher if having a go at Jerky. Inspected and certified safe.
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    From a Chef's point of view, Jerky is Jerky, whatever the meat and most commercial brands, have a good dose of MSG along with the salt, sugar and other flavourings.

    Regarding the potential for disease and parasites etc, all wild meat is potentially carrying something, in fact they all do, but our digestive systems, deal with all but the most nasty, of the possible bad bugs.

    The process of making Jerky means that the initial salt (and sugar) is present in such concentrations, that nasties are killed right then, when the meat is further dried, the lack of water kills what ever may be left.

    So in my view, a hunter's inspection of what he's just killed, check liver, check colour, check for rotting, etc, will be enough to ensure that the meat (deer/goat/rabbit/moose) is OK to eat. I can't see why Hare would be any different.

    And I quite like a young possum too, older ones can be a bit strong Possums eat all the good bits in the bush.

    It is worth remembering that Bacon is just salted pork (belly cut) from when they used to put a pig in a barrel and fillet it up with brine, on the sailing ships of old. They didn't put Nitrates and Nitrites in it until fairly recently. Before then, Bacon was pale, not pink.
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    oops, I had to look up Tularemia, to make sure I wasn't ignorant of a dangerous problem:

    from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20378635

    "Tularemia is a rare infectious disease that typically attacks the skin, eyes, lymph nodes and lungs. Tularemia — also called rabbit fever or deer fly fever — is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis.

    The disease mainly affects mammals, especially rodents, rabbits and hares, although it can also infect birds, sheep, and domestic animals, such as dogs, cats and hamsters.

    Tularemia spreads to humans through several routes, including insect bites and direct exposure to an infected animal. Highly contagious and potentially fatal, Tularemia usually can be treated effectively with specific antibiotics if diagnosed early."

    I'm looking at the Hamster pie I just made, in a different light now.

    But I guess, it's just how risk averse you are, if it worries you, maybe avoid it.

    In Laos and Northern Thailand where I was for a time, we made a dish, raw Duck Blood Lahbp.

    The fresh blood from a Duck (the meat of which was then cooked in a variety of ways) was put on a tray with herbs and such and congealed with lime juice which made it jelly.

    With additional chopped pieces of the bbq'd liver and heart and other bits, it is a delightful meal.

    I always wondered what parasites I've picked up though, 6 years since I ate it last and nothing to report

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moa Hunter View Post
    In light of Tula I wouldnt do it, Its raw meat. Remember Liviticus - Thou shall eat the animals with the split hoof that chew their cuds etc these are clean to you. Rabbits hares etc are unclean. So even back before JC there were health problems with Coney's and Lepus
    Cook your hares, but more importantly inspect them when gutting and make sure they are healthy.
    I would buy a beef heart from the butcher if having a go at Jerky. Inspected and certified safe.
    yeah but Leviticus also said you can buy slaves, and you shouldn't wear clothes of mixed fabrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vulcannz View Post
    yeah but Leviticus also said you can buy slaves, and you shouldn't wear clothes of mixed fabrics.
    You can still buy slaves now on Manchester st.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vulcannz View Post
    yeah but Leviticus also said you can buy slaves, and you shouldn't wear clothes of mixed fabrics.
    And wasn't there something about going in and out of every village and slaying every man, and his sons, and taking the women and girls as plunder...
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    We've been eating a fair bit of hare for the past couple of years, excellent meat. Secret is gut it straight away, as you kill it. And dry age it on a rack in the fridge for about 10 days with a tea towel over it. And then treat it like any other quality meat, cos it is quality meat. Jerky sounds great, and biltong. Let us know how you get on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Husky1600 View Post
    We've been eating a fair bit of hare for the past couple of years, excellent meat. Secret is gut it straight away, as you kill it. And dry age it on a rack in the fridge for about 10 days with a tea towel over it. And then treat it like any other quality meat, cos it is quality meat. Jerky sounds great, and biltong. Let us know how you get on.
    Agree with gutting straight away if for no other reason than the smell is awful with delay. What does aging do to the meat and how'd do you cook it? Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimms2 View Post
    And wasn't there something about going in and out of every village and slaying every man, and his sons, and taking the women and girls as plunder...
    "Now go and smite Amalek, and destroy utterly all that they have, and spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"
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    I don't mind slaying some ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkN View Post
    "Now go and smite Amalek, and destroy utterly all that they have, and spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"
    Yep, the killing of the livestock too was so no one could say they did in the Amalekkies for their own gain in plunder. Rather it was a pure revenge attack and annihilation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkN View Post
    "Now go and smite Amalek, and destroy utterly all that they have, and spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"
    No it was exodus 32
    "Thus saith the LORD,Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour."

    and Numbers 31
    "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves."
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