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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I Am No Sarah Palin


I am sincerely grateful for my abundance of blessings, except one.

About four years ago, my husband came home with a grand announcement.  A friend had given him an entire chest of meat.  "Lots of elk and even some moose!"  he tells me.

"Oh joy." was my possibly sarcastic remark.

I truthfully tried to be the perfect wife.  I  attempted a flavorful moose stew.  My husband thought is was delicious.  I gulped down one bite and was done, never to return.

The elk was even worse.  The smell alone immediately overcame me.   I couldn't swallow.  I've heard the flavor of elk is greatly based on what the elk eats.  Because of my ladyish ways,  I won't tell you what I think ours ate.

We ended up giving away a good portion of the moose.  For some reason, no one would take that smelly elk.  Maybe I wasn't the best sales person.  I'm wondering if our generous donor had the same problem.

And so it remained, overtaking my freezer.  I have wanted to toss it numerous times, but felt guilty.  I know an animal died for that meat.   It has been a good food storage item.  If starving, I think I could choke it down.

Over the years, the elk has made an occasional sneaky dinner appearance, via my husband.   And, on a positive note, my husband did find his elk eating counterpart, my 3-year-old, Mase. I think this helped them bond.

Yesterday, however, there was a momentous development.  My husband cooked up some elk and-- couldn't eat it!  It smelled even stronger than usual.  Four years of freezer time will do that to meat I guess.

So, today, I say a final goodbye to the elk.  I'm sorry you were not appreciated, but you will not be missed.  

Rest in peace.

Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: We will be celebrating our elk-free lives with a tasty chicken. 

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24 Comments:

At May 3, 2011 at 7:11 AM , Blogger Kristina said...

Oh goodness - this is too funny. I have never eaten moose, but I have eaten Elk. Normally it's not something that smells absolutely horrible. Smells a little different, but nothing that is overwhelmingly obvious. Glad it's gone! ;)

 
At May 3, 2011 at 7:33 AM , Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

In fairness to the elk, I was pregnanct twice during the elk years. Though, I think we just had a special variety. :)

 
At May 3, 2011 at 7:41 AM , Blogger Kathy said...

You are so funny, thank you for always making me laugh! I have never been into game, I find it a tad to "gamey". I am impressed that you even cooked it when you were pregnant. I could not walk into a butcher without getting sick in all three of my pregnancies. I will say a silent prayer for the elk that gave up his life for you! Lol! Thanks again for the laugh!

 
At May 3, 2011 at 7:48 AM , Blogger mrsmarkdave said...

Oh my gosh. That is one of the funniest stories ever. You did far better than I would have. There is NO WAY I would have even cooked either of those let alone tried them. Oh yuk! I'm glad for you that it's gone.

 
At May 3, 2011 at 8:16 AM , Blogger Danna said...

Ha ha! I feel bad for laughing :) I'm right there with ya though, if it smelled or tasted funny I wouldn't be cooking with it. Happy to hear that you parted ways amicably :)

 
At May 3, 2011 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Your comment on the what the Elk ate cracked me up.

 
At May 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Sandra's Fiberworks said...

SOOOO glad you're not Sarah Palin! :))

 
At May 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM , Blogger Song Sparrow said...

Ewww, Elk and Moose meat. I give you props for trying it, but I wouldn't go there! lol

 
At May 3, 2011 at 11:47 AM , Blogger sarajo said...

That's too funny! I know I've had elk, but I can't remember if I liked it or not. Hmm...

 
At May 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Saunders Crew said...

4 years??!!! You've had meat in your freezer for 4 years!!?? Both just sound gross, people down here in the south like to eat deer....I'm not one of those southern people. I'll stick to my cow and chickens.

 
At May 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM , Blogger thingsthatkeepmesane.com said...

You're good for even trying it. I can't stomach much more than "normal" meats (chicken, turkey, beef).

 
At May 3, 2011 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

I've got the heeby-jeebies now ... my MIL (who I *really* do love) made sloppy joes from elk. I seriously thought I was going to die right then and there. But Buddy, who would rather eat salad than meat on ANY day, *loved* it ... thank goodness I didn't know this story before or I would have felt *obligated* to get some from you for him.

 
At May 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM , Anonymous Ruth said...

LOL! I just read this and your last three stories, and I'm still laughing my head off! Good thing my oldest daughter is begging me to come outside, or I might just sit and read your blog for hours. I love your writing style!

I LOVE life with my little ones, and I love reading stories about other moms and their little ones. What in the world does the rest of the world laugh at?!

 
At May 3, 2011 at 4:28 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

I would not eat elk or moose either. My husband wants to be a hunter and expects me to cook and eat these things. Not going to happen.

I think 4 years being in a freezer will make anything disgusting.

 
At May 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

I am 100% with you on this! My Dad and Stepmom *sneak* elk and/or moose into dinner (not very sneaky, because the stuff SMELLS BAD and tastes worse) and every time I'm fooled or guilted into taking a bite I spit it discreetly into my napkin.
Great post ~ thanks for making me smile! =)

 
At May 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM , Blogger Shelley said...

After a LONG day of crappiness, you made me laugh. Thank you, I needed it.

 
At May 3, 2011 at 7:53 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I too have had the joy of trying elk....I'm definitely with you on the horrible taste!

 
At May 4, 2011 at 8:45 PM , Blogger laughwithusblog said...

My dad was a hunter and my mom never liked wild game, especially deer. She hated eating Bambi! :)

 
At May 4, 2011 at 9:46 PM , Blogger Swank said...

Oh, my goodness! I have a friend who married a hunter, and she "gamely" has adopted the lifestyle. I don't think I could do it! I already have vegetarian tendencies, that would throw me over the edge. Thanks for sharing!

 
At May 5, 2011 at 5:00 AM , Blogger Brandi said...

LOL! That is too funny! The hubs has tried to stock our freezer with venison... I just can't do it. In fact, when we go to his grandma's house, I eat before we go - they cook with it a lot and I'm always afraid they'll sneak it to me just so they can say 'see, it's not that bad!' ;)

 
At May 5, 2011 at 12:28 PM , Blogger Wandering On Purpose said...

Came by from Encouragement is Contagious - oh my did I laugh with this. I think I may be grateful my husband doesn't hunt. :)

 
At May 5, 2011 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Diane said...

That is just so funny. I have never had to try or smell either.

 
At May 7, 2011 at 2:39 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

Man, you crack me up!

And, gross.

LOL!

 
At May 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

I LOVE THIS!!!! I can SO relate! :) My husband is a big hunter, and he has brought home so many things that I really have tried to like.... but all I can think about is salad when trying to eat them! HA!!!

So happy to 'meet' you! Found you from a recommendation on my "Encouragement is Contagious!" linky party on my blog. I would love for you to join us next week and link up. It's all about encouraging others :)

have a great day!
Melanie

 

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