This is the first time Loren has got us a muskox. Usually we get a moose every year, but this year no moose, and the freezer was looking pretty empty and sad (except for blueberries and breast milk)... so we are extremely grateful for the meat. The muskox is a pretty amazing animal really; they weather out some of the ugliest winters in world thanks to their super warm coats and dense underfur known as qiviut. I will be posting more about qiviut later, but back to the topic at hand.
We have been processing the meat from the muskox, and as with any animal we harvest, we try to use every bit of it that we can. Its a good rule of thumb not to be wasteful in general, but it is also my personal belief that if you treat your animals respectfully and process them with mindfulness it is the best way to show your gratitude to their spirit.
There are parts of any animal that are tough and chewy, especially wild game. Some of the back meat and lower leg meat is full of sinew and it is pretty hard to cook it into a texture that is palatable. Some people use this meat for burger, and others just throw it away
So today I decided to can up a batch of teriyaki muskox using the hot-pack canning method. To do this you first brown your meat (so its heated through, but mostly raw in the center still) add it to jars with the broth of your choice (I used Yoshida's gourmet, water, raw onion and garlic to season mine) put your tops on, pop into your pressure canner (you should always use a pressure cooker to can meat!) and process at 10lbs. pressure for 90 minutes.
|browning the muskox|
|yoshida's is yummy, but it does contain HFCS (damn you High Fructose Corn Syrup, why are you in everything?)|
|cooking meat in my house always brings in at least one kitchen helper, sometimes two or three:)|
|meat in the jars, ready for lids. Be sure to leave 1" head-space at the top so they can seal!|
|Wipe jar rims, add lids and screw-on bands...arrange in your canner|
|follow the instructions that come with your pressure cooker for canning meat.|
Thank you muskox!