Would you eat a free goose-- already processed?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jcatblum, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. jcatblum

    jcatblum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2010
    Cement, OK
    Went to a class last wk about wildlife control. Often they have to go in & remove large flocks of geese that are making homes in wheat fields & airports. They said they have tried everything & no place wants the geese. Not even the food bank. Says people won't take them!!! I was shocked that all those geese go to waste. Am I missing something? If you can afford to buy groceries then wouldn't you be willing to try & cook a goose?

    I know this could be an old bird & might be tough or not have the best flavor, but I was really surprised that they dont have a place to take the birds. The guy said food banks beg for deer though-- everyone wants deer meat!
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Yes...and all I can say is those folks apparently have never been hungry enough. Why don't they ship those birds to a country that would gladly have them.....geesh! We Americans are soooooo spoiled! A cooking bag or crock pot would render even an old goose as sweet and tender as a young bird.
  3. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    I've found people will be outrageously silly and picky about what they eat - depending on where it comes from!

    You can bet the same people that wouldn't want a free goose would be FAST to follow the "10 second rule" I bet while at home! It's NUTS!

    Free goose - not good enough....drop the last m&m...catch it quick enough and it's still good!
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    They need to advertise these geese as $10 each and they will sell out in a heartbeat....wild and pure goose meat? People want to pay for something...it is the contrary nature of the consumer obsessed masses. You get what you pay for, so if it's free then it must not be worth much in the first place. Charge money and they will rush to get them.
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I'd take them, but then, I raise ducks and geese to eat.

    Hunters will eat them, but probably the majority of hunters aren't eating out of the food bank. It takes $ to be able to hunt; time off from work, expensive guns and equipment, and hunting licenses which are no longer cheap.

    I think that the local culled Canada geese are going as food to somewhere, but I haven't heard too much about how that is working.

    A lot of people don't cook any more and judging from what I see being purchased with food stamps, there are an awful lot of low income people who don't do any cooking at all. You'd have to know how to cook, or you wouldn't know what to do with a goose.

    I'd think that if they made the geese available to the general public, instead of trying to give them to some sort of non-profit or charitable group, they'd go.

    Is there anyone who has read Dickens who wouldn't be willing to try a Christmas goose, at least once?
  6. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 10, 2010
    I believe the problem is that fewer people cook now a days. With all the pre-made, just stick it in the microwave food that is out there, who wants to pluck, gut, clean, and brine a goose when they can buy a frozen, ready-to-roast turkey for $10 or even buy a pre-cooked chicken for $5.

    The big ag marketing has also hoodwinked consumers into believing that the store meat is inspected and therefore safer to eat.
  7. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 10, 2010
    Quote:I think it is illegal to sell wild game ...

    I agree with what you are saying though.
  8. TDM

    TDM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Who wants to eat a 20 year old, gamey tasting goose? The commercial market deals with much younger and more tender stock. It would probably be good for sausage or dog /cat food, though.
  9. greeneggsandham

    greeneggsandham Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    I know some of the food banks in RI have given me and my SIL tons of veggies and breads for our animals because the population that go there only want the white bread and "junk" foods they offer. Last year alone we got 5 pick-up trucks full of corn on the cob and potatoes. If I were offered a goose I would atleast give it a try.
  10. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    Quote:That's just sad (although I'm glad you put the excess to good use) and a real sign of some of the people who are on those programs who shouldn't be. Or there should be some mandatory cooking lessons involved!

    I gladly accept any free game from a trusted source that is given to us, because it might be the only protein (aside from eggs) we get that week if money is tight. I've never had goose, but would love to try it.

    We were lucky enough to be given some moose last week and made stew, so good! I can't wait to try the steaks, burger and sausage we still have in the freezer. My brother took a 833lb bull with his bow, his first moose! Usually we get lots of ground venison, which is great in any recipe that calls for ground beef.

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