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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by RockyToggRanch, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I Had a call tonight asking if I was interested in housing chickens or an emu from a place that's under investigation for the death of a child. My first question was "have they been vet checked?" 2nd question..."how do you care for an emu?"
    I wonder if I should just stay out of this. But, my animals all come to me for a reason. Everything happens for a reason.
    I don't know the details of this case, as I am not much for TV and apparently this is a new investigation. I only know that there are 100's of cats, pot bellied pig, ducks, chickens and an emu. All in need of homes.
    There's always room for more..right? But be realistic..I know.
    I work full time plus some and already have 21 more chickens than I had this time last year..
    I am building a barn next month. [​IMG] Perhaps it should be larger.
  2. pixiechick

    pixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Jonesborough, TN
    Bless you for taking in the needy critters! We've gotten a lot of ours that way too. It sounds like an awful situation. What happened to the child?
  3. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Take in what you can and know that you are doing an amazing thing. [​IMG]
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    wish i lived closer..i'd take the pbp...thanks for being so nice and helping them..Wendy
  5. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    I would definately take the EMU. They are wonderful tasty birds....

    Emu Steaks and Fillets Recipes


    Emu Tenderloin
    4 LB Emu tenderloin -- rinse
    1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
    2 tablespoons pepper
    1 tablespoon Olive oil
    Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and marinate for up to 2 hours. On a very hot grill with the lid down cook Emu for 2-3 minutes on each side .Serve immediately.

    Emu Surprise
    3 lb. Emu Meat cut into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces
    2 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
    1/2 can water
    1 pk. Dry onion soup mix
    1 small jar cocktail onions (drained and rinsed)
    1/2 lb. fresh sliced mushrooms
    1 cup dry sherry
    fresh ground black pepper
    Mix all the ingredients together. Bake covered 3 to 3 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. Serve over rice , noodles or in timbale cases of puff pastry.

    Emu Goulash
    1 stick butter
    3 onions sliced
    1-1/2 tablespoons paprika
    6 oz. can tomato puree
    1-1/2 oz. vinegar
    1 can beef stock
    2 lbs. Emu meat cut into cubes
    dash sugar and garlic
    Melt butter in large pot with cover, add all of the ingredients, stir, cover and cool 3-3 1/2 hours until tender and thick. You can cook this in a crock pot. Serve over noodles with sour cream or cottage cheese on top.

    Emu With Beer Gravy
    3 lb. Emu meat cut into cubes
    2 tablespoon oil
    5 large onion slices
    4 tablespoons butter
    1 tablespoon garlic chopped
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon thyme
    1 tablespoon vinegar
    3 tablespoon flour
    1 can beef stock
    1-2 bay leaves
    1 can beer
    salt and pepper
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown meat in pan. In another pan, brown onions with butter, combine in large casserole dish. Add flour to oil in pan where you browned the meat, mix, pour in beer and beef stock, bring to a boil and add rest of the ingredients. pour over casserole and mix together. Cover tight and cook in oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Serve with boiled new potatoes.

    Spicy Roast Gourmet Emu
    2 emu fillets
    1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds
    2 teaspoons Juniper berries
    1 tablespoon cracked pepper
    2 teaspoons coriander seeds
    2 cloves of garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons flavored vinegar (either Balsamic or raspberry)
    Crush the spices with the garlic using a blender or pestle and mortar. Rub mixture liberally over fillets, coating thickly. Leave on one or two hours. Heat one tablespoon oil and butter in pan until foam subsides. Add fillets and sear on all sides. Transfer to baking dish and cook quickly in a hot oven (440 degrees) for 8-12 minutes for rare; slightly longer for medium rare. Finger test. Remove from baking dish and allow meat to set by standing at a warm place for 15-30 minutes. Slice diagonally, fan on serving plate and serve with chosen sauce.

    Sauce Suggestion: Balsamic Jus
    1 cup well-flavored beef or game stock
    1 cup port or red wine
    1 tablespoon red currant jelly
    Balsamic vinegar to taste
    2-3 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
    Make sauce by boiling stock, win and red currant jelly together until reduced by one-third and mixture is thick. Enrich by whisking in butter cubes, a few at a time. Add two to three teaspoons of Balsamic vinegar to taste.

    Thanks to BoomTown News which published this recipe from Little Meadows Emu Farm in Waterloo, Western Australia

    Emu and Red Chili Stir-Fry
    1 lb. Prime Emu, partially frozen and sliced paper thin
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 (10 oz.) package frozen cut green beans, thawed
    2 teaspoons sugar
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 teaspoon sesame oil
    1 teaspoon rice vinegar
    Stir-fry Emu and garlic in oil in hot skillet for 2 minutes. Add beans, stir-fry additional 4 minutes until beans are tender. Push Emu and beans to one side of pan. Add remaining ingredients stirring constantly. Stir in Emu and beans. Serve immediately with hot cooked rice. Serves 4.

    From: The Ratite Journal, June l995 Recipe by the Ratite Community Press.

    Emu Sukiyaki
    2 lbs. ground Emu
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1/3 cup Japanese soy sauce
    1/4 cup A-1 Steak Sauce
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 (6 oz.) can sliced mushrooms
    2 medium onions, thinly sliced
    1 green pepper, sliced in thin strips
    6 scallions, cut in 1 inch pieces
    1 cup thinly sliced celery
    1 (8oz.) can water chestnuts, sliced
    1 (8 oz.) can bamboo shoots
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1 1/2 cups converted rice, cooked.
    In large skillet, brown Emu until crumbly. In small bowl mix sugar, soy sauce, A 1 and salt. Set aside. Drain mushroom reserving liquid. When meat is cooked, mix in vegetables. Add sauce. Simmer 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender crisp. Combine cornstarch and reserved mushroom liquid. Stir into Sukiyaki. Cook just until thickened. Serve over rice. Serves 8.

    From The Ratite Journal / March l995 Recipe created by the Ratite Community Press

    Emu Fillets with Shallot & Brandy
    Select a heavy skillet large enough to hold 6 ostrich fillets in a single layer without touching and place over medium-high to high heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil. When foam subsides, add 6 Emu fan or flat fillets and sauté quickly, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides and rare in center, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper as you turn fillets over and be careful not to overcook. Test as directed. Transfer fillets to a heated platter and keep warm. Lower heat to medium, then add 3 tablespoons minced shallots to skillet. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Raise heat to high and add 1/2 cup brandy, stirring up any browned bits on skillet bottom. Cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/3 cup. Swirl in 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter and pour over fillets. Sprinkle with minced fresh cilantro and serve immediately.
    Emu Fillets with Wild Mushrooms
    Slice 1/2 lb portobello, shiitake, or other "wild mushrooms. In a skillet over medium- high heat, melt 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter with 1/2 tablespoon olive or canola oil. Add mushrooms and brown lightly. Add 2 tablespoons minced shallots and 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced; cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Season with coarse sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and dash cayenne pepper. Set aside. Select a heavy skillet large enough to hold 6 Emu fillets without touching and place over medium-high to high heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter and 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil. When foam subsides, add fillets and sauté quickly, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper as you turn fillets and be careful not to overcook. Test as directed and transfer fillets to a heated platter. Pour off any fat in skillet and return to high heat. Add 1/2 cup beef stock and 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste. Cook, stirring up any browned bits on skillet bottom, until liquid is reduced to about 3 table-spoons. Add 1/3 cup dry red wine or Madeira and boil 2 minutes. Add reserved mushrooms to skillet, heat briefly, and pour over fillets. Sprinkle with minced fresh parsley and serve immediately.
    Emu Schnitzel
    Pound 1 pound Emu cutlets as directed. In a shallow dish, beat together 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. On a large piece of waxed paper, combine 1-1/2 cups fine dried bread crumbs, 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, 1/2 teaspoon each coarse sea salt and paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Dip cutlets in egg mixture, letting excess drip off, and place on mound of crumbs, coating both sides evenly and patting the crumbs in firmly. Arrange on wire rack and let dry 30 minutes. Heat unsalted butter and canola or olive oil in a heavy skillet over high heat.
    When hot, add cutlets and sauté, turning once, until lightly browned, 30 to 45 seconds per side. Transfer to heated serving plates and garnish with sliced hard-cooked eggs, drained capers, and fresh parsley sprigs. Serve immediately.
    Chicken Fried Emu
    Pound 1 pound Emu cutlets as directed. Sprinkle cutlets lightly on both sides with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and pound in gently. On a large piece of waxed paper mix together 1-1/2 cups unbleached flour, 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon each freshly ground black pepper and paprika. In a shallow bowl, beat together 2 eggs and 3 tablespoons nonfat evaporated milk. Dredge cutlets in flour mixture; dip in egg mixture, letting excess drip off; and then dredge again in flour mixture. In a heavy skillet, pour in canola or peanut oil to depth of 1/2 inch and heat to 350 degrees to 375 degrees. Fry the cutlets, turning once, until lightly browned, 30 to 45 seconds per side. Drain on paper toweling. Pour off all but 1/2 tablespoon of the oil and deglaze skillet with 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk, cooking and stirring until smooth and slightly thickened. Pour over steaks and serve immediately.
    Peppered Emu Cutlets
    Pound cutlets as directed. Coat with coarsely ground black pepper (or a mixture of black, white, green, and red peppercorns in any combination,) and pound in gently. Cover with waxed paper and let stand 30 minutes to 2 hours. Coat a larger heavy skillet with canola or olive oil and sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt. Place over high heat and when the skillet is very hot, add cutlets and sauté, turning once, until lightly browned, 30 to 45 seconds per side. Turn heat to low and place a dab of unsalted butter on each cutlet. Then drizzle each cutlet with a little Worcestershire sauce, fresh lemon juice, and Tabasco sauce. Transfer to heated serving plates and sprinkle with minced fresh parsley. Serve immediately.

    Asian Emu Kebobs
    Cut 1 pound Emu steak (1 inch thick) into l inch cubes. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together 1/3 cup soy sauce; 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil, 2 teaspoons minced ginger root, 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced; 2 teaspoons rice vinegar; 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar; 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper; and 1-1/2 tablespoons lightly toasted sesame seeds. Add ostrich cubes, toss well, and marinate 45 minutes. Thread on skewers and broil or grill, turning several times, 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook. Serve with freshly steamed rice.
    Stir Fried Emu & Tomatoes
    Have all the ingredients assembled near the stove before you start to cook. Serve this flavorful dish over freshly steamed rice or crisp pan-fried Chinese noodles. Serves 4
    1 pound Emu steak, thinly sliced on the diagonal across the grain
    1-1/2 tablespoons each soy sauce and sake or dry sherry
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
    2 tablespoons peanut or corn oil
    4 thin slices ginger root
    4 garlic cloves, bruised
    1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
    1 yellow onion, cut into eighths and layers separated
    1 green or red sweet pepper, cut into 1-1/2-inch squares
    4 ripe tomatoes, each cut into eighths
    1/2 to 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
    Fresh cilantro sprigs
    In a mixing bowl, toss together meat, soy sauce, sake, salt, and white pepper. Set aside. Heat a large wok or heavy skillet over medium-high to high heat, Add peanut oil and heat until oil sizzles. Add ginger root, garlic, and red pepper flakes, if using. Stir-fry 1 minute. Add reserved meat mixture, separating slices, and stir-fry; 1 or 2 minutes. Do not overcook; meat should still be rare. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Adding more oil if needed, stir-fry onion and sweet pepper until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, cover, and heat until steam rises; about 5 minutes. Return meat to wok, add sesame oil, and stir to heat briefly. Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro sprigs.


    Ground Emu Recipes


    Baked Emu Burgers
    1 pound ground Emu
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon pepper
    6 large onion slices
    1 can condensed cream of celery soup
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 cup chili sauce
    2 cups cheddar cheese, cubed
    3 hamburger buns
    Combine ground Emu, salt and pepper, mixing well. Shape into six patties and place in baking dish. Top each patty with a slice of onion. Combine soup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce and cheese in a saucepan. Heat and stir until cheese is melted. Pour sauce over hamburgers in baking dish. Bake at 300"F for 60 minutes. Serve each patty on a toasted, buttered bun half.
    Makes 6 servings.

    Sweet and Sour Balls
    1 egg, slightly beaten
    1/3 cup milk
    1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground sage
    1/4 cup minced onion
    1 lb ground Emu
    Sweet & Sour Sauce
    Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, combine egg, milk, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, sage and onion. Stir in ground Emu, shape into l inch balls. Arrange on a rack in broiler pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes in preheated oven until lightly browned. Prepare Sweet & Sour Sauce. To serve, arrange meatballs in a chafing dish. Pour sauce over meatballs. Serve warm. Makes about 50 appetizers.

    Sweet & Sour Sauce
    1 (8-oz.) can sliced pineapple
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 cup chicken broth
    1/4 cup vinegar
    1/4 cup honey
    1 green pepper, cut in l inch
    Drain pineapple; reserve juice in a saucepan ;set aside. Cut pineapple into 3/4-inch pieces; set aside. Stir cornstarch into reserved pineapple juice until dissolved. Stir in soy sauce, broth, vinegar and honey. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until thickened and translucent. Stir in pineapple chunks and green pepper squares. Cook additional 1 to 2 minutes.

    Easy Meatballs
    2 lb ground emu
    1 pk lipton onion soup mix
    1 can evap. milk
    2 tbs worcesterhire sauce
    Form into meat balls, broil for 4 min then drop into sauce. this makes 144 small balls, so if they were to be larger they may need an extra min or two in broiler.
    1 cup catsup
    1 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup barbecue sauce
    worcesteshire or hot sauce to taste

    Emu Meatballs
    3 lbs. ground Emu
    1 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
    1 cup finely chopped onion
    1/3 cup dry powdered milk
    1/4 cup milk (liquid)3 eggs whites
    3 tablespoon parsley flakes
    1 1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    Combine above ingredients and mix thoroughly. Shape into balls the size of a walnut. Place in a single layer in a greased shallow baking pan. Bake in 400 degree oven for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan and put in a large casserole. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees. Make Sauce (below). Pour over meatballs. Return to oven and bake in covered casserole for 45 minutes to blend flavors and finish cooking. Stir meatballs once during baking time.

    Cherry Tomato Sauce

    2 cups individually quick frozen red tart cherries or 1 can (16 ounce) pitted tart cherries
    1 bottle (12 ounce) chili sauce
    1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
    1 can (10 3/4 ounce) tomato soup

    Combine ingredients in medium pot. Cook over low heat until sauce is hot. Pour over meatballs. Makes 6 dozen meatballs. Number of servings: 12

    Spaghetti Sauce
    2 lbs. ground Emu
    2 cups chopped onion
    1 green pepper, chopped
    1 32 oz. jar prepared spaghetti sauce
    2 (1 lb.) cans tomatoes with juice
    1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
    1 8 oz. can mushrooms, drained tsp. parsley flakes
    1 tsp. basil
    1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
    1 tsp. Italian seasoning
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1 bay leaf
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. black pepper
    Brown meat; drain. Add remaining ingredients in a large pot and simmer for 2-3 hours. Makes a thick, meaty sauce with a zesty chili flavor. Make sauce a few hours ahead of serving, then reheat to serve. The flavors will develop nicely. Mixture will sauce approximately two pounds of cooked spaghetti.

    Emu Meatloaf
    2 1/2 lbs. Emu ground
    2 egg whites
    1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
    1 pkg. (1.8 oz.) dry onion soup mix 1/4 cup warm water
    3/4 cup ketchup
    1/3 cup powdered milk
    Mix thoroughly. Put in large bread pan (9x5). May also put meatloaf in two smaller bread pans and freeze one for later. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Serves 8.

    1 lb. Emu ground
    1 large onion, chopped
    1/2 green pepper, chopper
    1 can (1 lb. 13 oz.) tomatoes
    2 small bay leaves 1 to 2 tsp. chili powder
    1 tsp. salt
    dash of garlic powder
    1/4 tsp. black pepper
    1 can (15-1/2 ox.) kidney beans
    Brown ground, drain. Add all ingredients (except beans) to a heavy pot and simmer gently 1 to 2 hours. Add beans and heat through. Serves 6.


    Jerky, Pepperoni and Sausage
    Western Jerky
    1 lb. lean meat (thin slices )
    1 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    2 Tbp. Worcestershire sauce
    2 Tbs. liquid smoke
    Hawaiian Jerky
    1 lb. lean meat (thinly sliced)
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. ground ginger
    1 tbs. brown sugar
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
    1 clove crushed garlic
    1/4 cup pineapple juice
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    You can use either of the recipes with beef or emu or ostrich. Beef and ostrich are better marinated 12 hours (over night) and emu about 6 hours. In my dehydrator - it takes about 8 to 9 hours - first 3 hours at 160 degrees and 4 to 6 hours at 130. We usually start testing at about 7 hours for flexibility - losing approximately 1 tray in the process of testing
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2008
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    [​IMG] You have GOT to be kidding me?

    You are weird!

  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Hey, better to raise and eat the animals then let them suffer or
    just be destroyed. Emu Jerky. Yumm.

    Sounds like a tragic story all the way around.
  8. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 1, 2007
    Get the chickens and emu started on a high protein food. Before you know it you'll be having chicken soup and emu steaks every night.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2008
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    LCRT, those are great recipes. I am slobbering on my computer keys as I type here. My great grandmother had a recipe for Emu Pizza, but I can't find it. I'll send it to you when I do.
  10. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    Quote:OMG!? HOW COULD U EAT SUCH A GORGEOUS HUGE BIRD?! I THINK ITS WORSE THEN BUTCHERING A CHICKEN OR DUCK AND EATING IT!!! I have a neighbor who Im sure would take it they already own a female.

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