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WoodlandsDevon

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Devon
Is partridge meat meant to smell?
« on: December 24, 2018, 06:25:06 pm »
Got a couple of partridges from butcher for doing a three bird roast and they do seem to smell. Is this normal with game bird meat?
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alang

  • Joined Nov 2017
  • Morayshire
Re: Is partridge meat meant to smell?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2018, 06:37:27 pm »
I've only ever noticed it smelling if it's been damaged when shot then hung for a while
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cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: Is partridge meat meant to smell?
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 09:38:17 pm »
Got a couple of partridges from butcher for doing a three bird roast and they do seem to smell. Is this normal with game bird meat?

All game birds have their unique smell some stronger than others .. I find really fresh cooking / cooked pheasant meat really stinks but that's me . Once it is cold and carved it's quite different .

If they are un prepped :-

If you still have to pull the feathers out it's OK if they fall out easily  they make good maggots for fishing ( freeze them till the new season starts ) , the guts should still be complete inside body cavity & the intestines not ruptured  .
Some folk hang game birds up to a couple of weeks in the barn / game store  on a wire well out of rat range.
 One old boy I used to shoot with reckoned if it's arse was going green it was at it's best  especially ducks .

 If they have been prepped  try pushing a finger in the leg or breast meat , it should still be fairly firm and not like pushing your finger into a shredded wheat fibres.

  You can always cook them & stink the house out , let thm cool then try eating a sliver ,  if it's OK great . They go well with thick cut well drained " game chips , duchess potato , sprouts & gravy made from the juices .

If not you've learn something and need to get that big tin of Luncheon meat opened . :roflanim:
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Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Is partridge meat meant to smell?
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 07:45:36 am »
I tend to cook it unless it smells revolting. I read a book about 10years ago, memoirs of a country house cook. She described letting game get really high before cooking. This made me a lot more open to slightly off or strange smelling meat.

Rupert the bear

  • Joined Jun 2015
Re: Is partridge meat meant to smell?
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 10:20:33 am »
I tend to cook it unless it smells revolting. I read a book about 10years ago, memoirs of a country house cook. She described letting game get really high before cooking. This made me a lot more open to slightly off or strange smelling meat.
and then when it smells it becomes a curry

 

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