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Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? #16556352 10/23/21
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On random thought while daydreaming about the next hunt, my thoughts turned towards what my hunting party traditionally does: eat the semi-pluck+. For those of you unfamiliar- pluck is the vital organs, traditionally lungs, liver, and heart. We don't eat the lungs since Americans are conditioned to not think about it, but we do throw in the testicles and kidneys now. Lately I was considering trying some lung if any were left, possibly tongue and brain. When I conversed lately with other "hunters" it was kind of hit-or-miss if they also ate organ meat and none of them had the same ritual to eat them day-of. If they did eat organs it usually was just the liver, heart, or kidneys but separate. Anyways, this has me wondering how common it is among this crowd- to eat as many of the organs day-of as possible.
Typically, we fry in a skillet of oil... get oil hot, fry 1-2 onions down to shrivels then remove them to prep the oil, then dip the pieces in flour to fry, add garlic salt and pepper afterwards. If you have any methods / additional organs to suggest I try I would be interested to know.

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Re: Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? [Re: Esteban325] #16556510 10/24/21
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Not always but sometimes keep the liver on a smaller, younger deer. Been thinking about the tongue, but it is pretty small. I used to eat beef tongue and it was good. Have eaten lung from hogs, but not deer. It was edible but not outstanding in any way. Grandmother used to cook the melt from beef, and as I remember (long time ago) it was strong. I like pork liver, with young deer second. Better than chicken liver to me. miles


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Been wanting to keep some livers and make liver wurst ( however it’s spelled)

I keep tongue and hearts.

Re: Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? [Re: Esteban325] #16558215 10/24/21
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I don't like the liver but know others that do, so I give mine to them.

Dont like kidneys of any sort and don't know anybody who does.

I really like the hearts, we eat them either day of or day after.

Been meaning to try tongues but it seems like you would need a few. I like beef tongue so it may be good.

Re: Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? [Re: Esteban325] #16558501 10/24/21
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I eat heart. Rest of the guts are fed to the coyotes.

Eat backstrap the day of, if anything.

Favorite would be to eat a grouse gotten during a deer hunt.


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Re: Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? [Re: Esteban325] #16558606 10/24/21
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When I worked at the pack, the lungs all went to a mink farm. No one seemed too upset by that.


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Re: Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? [Re: Esteban325] #16560376 10/25/21
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I just don't eat offal


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I'll save a heart or liver if someone in camp requests that I do so. I'll eat some heart if somebody else prepares it. Wouldn't give you a nickel for a truckload of any type of liver, though.

O/T, but I'm with MadMooner on the grouse.


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Re: Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? [Re: Esteban325] #16561949 10/25/21
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Always heart.

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No thanks, I do keep the heart for my dog though.

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Ate deer heart and liver tonight.

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Originally Posted by ryoushi
No thanks, I do keep the heart for my dog though.


Brother, make a chili with the heart meat. Le bombe!

Re: Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? [Re: Esteban325] #16564506 10/26/21
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Always heart. Never lungs.. honestly I never even thought of eating them. As far as I know I've only eaten kidneys once in a traditional London steak and kidney pie.. wasn't very impressed.

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Always heart. Don't like liver. My son likes it and keeps it.

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Not sure why you would want to. I've always wanted to like liver I just can't.

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I never liked liver until eating pronghorn liver. As with all pronghorn meat, it needs to be cooled and rinsed soon after killing. A friend put it in a bucket of cold water for a few hours, then fried it that evening, thin-sliced and not cooked too much. Very mild and sweet.

Started treating and cooking other game livers the same way, including deer and elk, and started liking it as well. Which makes me suspect that the "problem" with game liver is mistreating it in the field.

Have always liked heart, especially if it's given a couple days to relax and "age." Doesn't change the flavor much, but it does become less chewy.


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Originally Posted by riflegunbuilder
Not sure why you would want to. I've always wanted to like liver I just can't.


Sounds like me and sardines.


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Re: Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? [Re: Esteban325] #16569164 10/27/21
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Thanks for your inputs. So far I will add testicles, tongue, and fresh backstrap day-of. Brain maybe but I'd try some seso de res tacos to see if I'd like it. Also- the way I described the preparation, chicken frying in onion oil... I am of the opinion it's even better the next day somehow.

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Whitetail deer heart and liver make fine eating.


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Re: Who else cooks the "pluck" after a kill? [Re: TNrifleman] #16569742 10/28/21
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Originally Posted by TNrifleman
Whitetail deer heart and liver make fine eating.

I second that..


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