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May 13, 2010 – Comments (12)

It has been an interesting week, known as culture week around here. 

Monday's session was skinning muskrats and rabbits.  I had moose stew at lunch and with the lovely muskrats I had to ask is muskrat stew on the menu?  Fortunately it wasn't.  One thing about our girls here, they aren't squeamish about dead animals, even rats.

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If you look closer at the picture above the dead animals on the table and behind to the right are beaver.  The boys actually got to do some moose skinning and there was also drying moose meat on a drying rack over a fire. 

We had a couple sessions on skinning beaver. Well, skinning beaver and preparing beaver paws for eating.  It is so different around here.  At lunch today when I waiting in line to sample the stew a child about 9 was behind me and somewhere around the camp she'd found a baby beaver paw and was holding it like a prized possession.  The picture below is a fairly large beaver paw spiked on a stick much like a hot dog ready for roasting over the fire.

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I got to roast my own beaver paw, but the picture below is not mine.  You can see the beaver paw being roasted close to the flame and you can also see some moose meat hanging to dry and moose bones cooking which will later be opened to eat the marrow.  I did try the marrow and it was pretty good.

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So, I now have expertise on how to prepare beaver paw.  It works best if you get the beaver paw right into the fire close to the coals.  You basically let the fur burn off and you want it to get hot enough and the outside burnt enough to hear popping.  Then comes the fun part, peeling the burnt skin off.  That takes a good 10-15 minutes for one paw.  The burnt beaver paw in the picture with a co-worker is the one that I peeled the skin off.

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This was yesterday just getting the beaver paw ready for boiling took the whole session. Now, today at lunch, not only was there a 9-year-old with the beaver paw in line behind me, I watched a woman scoop up a beaver paw out of a boil pot into a bowl.  I just watched, it looked like a hand being scooped into a bowl.  I am so not eating beaver paw.

 

12 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On May 13, 2010 at 8:53 PM, rd80 (98.47) wrote:

Great post and pics.

+1 rec

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#2) On May 13, 2010 at 9:02 PM, HarryCarysGhost (99.68) wrote:

Dwot nice post +1

I would say give the beaver paw a try, you don't know it might be a delicacy.

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#3) On May 13, 2010 at 9:30 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

Sounds like somebody didn't want to shar the beaver tail (best part) or hams (mmm). Did you discover the "joys" of nicking the scent gland when skinning?

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#4) On May 13, 2010 at 9:36 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

Right on dwot!

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#5) On May 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM, dwot (69.19) wrote:

Starfirenv, actually they were cooking up the beaver tail, but I think it was being saved for tomorrow.

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#6) On May 13, 2010 at 10:25 PM, FleaBagger (29.55) wrote:

Those are awesome pictures! 

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#7) On May 13, 2010 at 11:12 PM, SockMarket (41.42) wrote:

nice post. this is by far the most unique blog I have ever seen. It reminds me of the first native american cook book I ever came across - which had a recepie for broiled prarie dog. Eating rodents isn't my cup of tea, so to speak, but it is still interesting to hear the stories.

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#8) On May 13, 2010 at 11:59 PM, angusthermopylae (39.67) wrote:

Squirrel is a rodent, and they are very good eatin' across the country.

I can't help but be reminded of the movie Never Cry Wolf, where the scientist proved a large mammal could live off mice...mmmmmmm!

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#9) On May 14, 2010 at 11:55 AM, amoldov (31.33) wrote:

That's why they invented McDonald's, to avoid fire, blood, knowing what you actually eat ...

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#10) On May 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM, jmbring (< 20) wrote:

amoldov,

HA!   i'd rec your comment if i could :^)

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#11) On May 16, 2010 at 8:32 AM, fewl10 (< 20) wrote:

People come here for investment direction.  Not to read about muskrats.

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#12) On May 16, 2010 at 9:00 AM, ryanalexanderson (< 20) wrote:

> People come here for investment direction.  Not to read about muskrats.

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