Making Wild Geese Edible

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Making wild geese edible even to those who don’t care for goose!

Goose is a red meat that has a strong “liver like” flavor.  We roasted one and found it edible but not really pleasant dining.  We tried wrapping the goose breasts in bacon and then roasting them.  That helped.  I went online and asked other goose hunters for recipes.  The internet is a wonderful thing!  The most common recipe I got back involved heavily spicing the goose and baking on a cedar plank.  It ended with “throw the goose away and eat the plank”!!! 

But another tip DID suggest soaking the goose breasts in buttermilk over night.  I tried it and it removed almost all of the unpleasant flavor.  I don’t know how or why it works, but it works. 

So, now I semi-freeze the goose breasts and slice them thin, then soak them in milk (or buttermilk) overnight before coating them with a salt, pepper, and olive oil to bake as cutlets, or better yet slice them very thin add hot sauce instead of olive oil and bake them on a wire rack to convert them into delicious goose jerky.

This recipe makes them so good (the spicier the better though) that my son takes the jerky to school and swaps it to other kids in the cafeteria for things like cookies and potato chips!  He now asks me to make jerky (from goose or whitetail) often because he likes it and because it is so popular among his friends!


groovy mike's picture

another game jerky recipe

Check this link to my and tip on another game jerky recipe:

Deer Slayer's picture

I have never ate a goose. I

I have never ate a goose. I have never hunted a goose. I don't know if I will ever do either. But, if I do, I will know where I can turn to for a good recipe. Thanks for sharing the tip.

arrowflipper's picture

Thanks Groovy Mike

Thanks for the tip Groovy Mike.  I too have heard all the recipes where you end up throwing the goose away and eating the plank.  I have never tried soaking goose or duck in milk but I'm sure it would make a difference.  I have soaked other meat in milk and for some odd reason; it seems to help eliminate unwanted odor or bad taste. 

Wild turkey does not have a bad taste but tends to be a bit on the tough side.  I tried soaking turkey breast in milk and it did wonders.  That really doesn't surprise me as I have a dynamite recipe for lamb shank that cooks it in (you aren't going to believe this) white wine and milk.  The lamb shank is mild and so tender it falls off the bone.  I wonder what goose breast would be like braised in white wine and milk.  I guess I won't know until I try.

Thanks for the great tip.


groovy mike's picture

sounds good

Now that sounds down right tasty!

ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the tip. I have

Thanks for the tip. I have never ate a goose. If I ever get the opportunity too though I will use these tips for myself or give the tips to the person I know that is cooking it.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Sounds like a great recipe. 

Sounds like a great recipe.  I have always tried either soaking it in BBQ sauce or italian dressing, and just be sure not to overcook.

I have heard of fish being soaked in milk, but never tried it with any red meat.

I will give this one a try next time I actually kill a goose... lol

Critter's picture

I have never had a problem

I have never had a problem with the taste of a goose.  We usually just throw him into the oven with some onions, potatoes and carrots and bake away.  But then it is always fun to try something new.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

We make a alot of goose jerky

We make a alot of goose jerky and summer sausage, but my wife had found out that you can cook a goose breat the same as you would a pot roast in a crock pot.  Just add all your ingrediants and then add a couple cans of Coke instead of water...comes out great!!!

Madtrapper52's picture

Goose Sausage

We breast our geese and make goose sausage mixed with pork, or we make goose jerky, both are deicious.


numbnutz's picture

I have heard of this trick

I have heard of this trick before too. I have a friend who is a fowl head and he has tried many times to get me to eat the darn things. I never had only because of a bad experiance with it when i was younger. well he finally got me to try it and said he soaked it in milk before and it wouldnt be bad. and he was very right, it actually tasted good.

hunter25's picture

Thanks for this one, I have

Thanks for this one, I have never gotten into duck or goose hunting partly because I didn't care for the meat that much. I still have some of the cranes left I got this year so I am going to give this a try.

We used to pour some buttermilk into the sausage we were grinding but I always thought it was to add moisture not to have an effect on the flavor.

Now I know better.

groovy mike's picture

my pleasure

You are welcome.  It is my pleasure to share a tip, I have learned so much from other posters that it is good to give back!  Let us know how you make out when you try it!

jaybe's picture

I have heard that before

I have heard that before about the effect that milk has on meat. I did a quick search on the web, but can't come up with a clear answer as to what it does exactly. I guess it's enough to know that it really does have an effect, at least on how goose breast tastes. Many recipes call for exactly what you advocate - soaking goose breasts in either milk or buttermilk for up to two days before cooking some other way.

 Great tip, Mike. Thanks.