Leftover Meat from Last Hunting Season
It’s middle of the summer and there’s not a lot going on for hunting season right now. But, if you are one of the guys that still has leftover meat in your freezer from last hunting season, here is a great way to use up that last bit of goose, duck, or other wild bird meat left in your freezer…
To the surprise of many people, yes, you can make great bratwursts out of goose meat, or other wild birds. It will help to have some extra fat and meat besides just the goose meat, so what we usually do is make it 50/50, 50% goose and 50% pork. By using a 50/50 combo of goose and pork, you will really help cover some of the wild game flavor from the goose meat, and the extra fat from the pork will add some extra flavor and moisture that the goose meat lacks by itself. If you really want to mask the goose flavor and make it taste as much like a normal brat as possible, try using a stronger seasoning flavor or something with a little spiciness to it. Some of my favorites are the Habanero & Mango Bratwurst Seasoning, Inferno Hot Bratwurst Seasoning, and Hot Buffalo Wing Bratwurst Seasoning. Don’t forget to add some High Temp Cheese as well!
So what are you waiting for? Clear out that freezer, make some goose bratwursts, and get ready for the next hunting season because it will be here before you know it!
What other unique ideas and meat products do you guys make with your wild game?
Grind all meat twice through a 3/8" grinder plate
Mix seasoning and water into meat until evenly dispersed
Stuff sausage into 30mm Collagen Casings or 32/35mm Hog Casings
Twist link or cut into links
Throw them on the grill and enjoy your homemade goose brats!
How To Make Fresh Sausage
Fresh sausage is also one of the easiest and quickest meat products to make. But, if you need some help, check out our WaltonsTV video on How To Make Fresh Sausage, or, share your comments and questions with us below!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbfb8k95YCo
I’ve started saving the trimmings from competition chicken thighs, is there any reason I couldn’t do the above but use chicken and pork? Or would you suggest something else? I just hated throwing it away, thanks.
That would absolutely work!
We have made tons of brats from chicken breasts and chicken thighs and we love doing it!
If you are happy with your lean to fat ratio, you don’t have to add pork, but you definitely can.
For the goose brats, I recommend adding pork just to have at least some fat content in there and help reduce some of the “gamey” flavor you’ll get from goose.
If you give it a shot and have any other questions, let us know! And, be sure and let us know how it turns out too!
What seasoning would you recommend for chicken?
I really don’t think any of the flavors would be bad though.
For Chicken Brats the Hot Buffalo wing is what we are using next time we make them, we are adding Hi-Temp Blue Cheese so I am very excited for that! However if you are looking for something I have already tried the Habanero Mango are great with chicken! Good heat from the Habanero without it being overpowering and the sweetness from the mango is excellent! Another good one for chicken if you don’t want any heat is the Feta and Spinach brat.
As far as adding any pork to it I do not do that, we make ours out of 100% breast and they come out great, I know you are talking about thighs but they have a little more fate than the breast so that should be great. make sure you grind twice though as grinding it only once is going to leave you with a very rough textured chicken brat!
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have made Goose Jerky for years, will be trying Goose Sausage soon!
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Got any suggestions of some thing can be done with cubed I have some fenacy eaters and they have figured of it not store bought
The thought that immediately popped in my head was to make a Guinness Stew:
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going to the freezer to see whats left over now!
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Attended a sausage/brat making class at Walton’s last year. Great info.
@jonathon Nitrate is not something you want to use if it is fried, FDA banned it from bacon
Sounds and looks great. Will be saving this one.
I have made about 5 batches of summer sausage and have followed the videos, I purchased a 20 pound mixer, soak the casings, using the clear casings, stuff the casings, etc. The casings are not sticking to the meat. They look good until I shower them and let them cool, then they become very loose. I am using a cookshack smoker and it only has a quarter size hole in the top to let out moisture. Could the humidity be to high to let the casings adhere to the meat? I am using the temps per the summer sausage video. The sausage tastes fine, just trying to figure why this is happening.
Thanks im just doing it for home hobby
@loadpin dessicants in a vacuum sealed container in the freezer is really not going to do anything at all and would cause more problems. They are made with a cloth material and that material will get saturated with water/fat from the snack sticks and will end up rupturing when removing removing unthawed snack sticks from container. You do not want to use dessicants in that fashion and they really would not do anything for that anyways. If you vacuum seal your snack sticks real tight they should be great to eat without too much change in moisture for a few years. Many years ago i had dessicants and actually did this very thing for R and D and they dont work.
What really are you going for?
@tim-salois It is just an optional additive you do not need to use it but using it is going to increase your water holding capacity. This means it is going to give you a juicier (and better in our mind) product. If you are a commercial processor than you should absolutely be using it to increase your final yield.
Just be sure not to add too much as it can affect the taste if you go above the 2 oz for 25 lb of meat ratio.