Why do I use milk in game recipes?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by liz_s, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. liz_s

    liz_s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi!

    I'm not sure if this is an appropriate question for this forum, but I was wondering why milk takes the game "flavor" out of game. My boyfriend made elk meatloaf and I was pretty terrified, but the milk made a huge difference! It's called for in all of the game recipes, and I figure it has something to do with enzymes... I don't know. I'm a biologist with a chemistry background, but no biochem. Anybody know, or know where I can find out? You guys know everything, and I'm so curious!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Pasteurized milk doesn't really have much enzymatic goodness left in it that I know of.

    We always used homemade cultured buttermilk - it was the good bacteria that did the trick for us, as far as I know.

    Maybe somebody else can shed more light on the subject, pretty please
     
  3. liz_s

    liz_s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent point about the pasteurized milk. Also, I used non-fat, so it was probably even more useless! The suspense is killing me [​IMG]
     
  4. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    I was always told the milk drew out any "gamy" flavor from the meat.

    Then a friend - bow & rifle hunter - told me it didn't make any difference if you soaked in milk but that hunting in a cornfield rather than a pine forest made a huge difference.
    If the deer fed on the corn their meat didn't have any of the pine resin that made it taste gamy.

    He shared his vension with me and I never had to treat it. I had pot roasts, loin chops, steaks and ground venison that all tasted wonderful w/o any soaking in milk.
     
  5. liz_s

    liz_s Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This elk was definitely caught in a forest, and she was a pretty old lady, which probably doesn't help. We have the meat in other forms too (snack sticks, summer sausage, bratwurst) and it is pretty gamey, except for the summer sausage. I have definitely had elk in a recipe that wasn't gamey, but I don't know where it was caught.
     

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