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The threads on eating kidneys & tongue have me wondering how people eat such nasty stuff. Deer mountain oysters anyone?
I saw Rinella do antelope buck nuts sautéed in butter with hot sauce. I’ve only eaten those from a bovine, but I guess I’d give it a try if someone else did with me.
I might shoot a doe this weekend how would I do that?
Never from a deet... but as with anything the bovine ones are good fried!
Luvs me some pickled tongue, but ain't touching liver or kidneys, those are filters... Have ate beef and bison mountain oysters slices thin and deep fried and liked them... Now that this has been brought, I might now try to pickle some venison mountain oysters...8^)
Have done it. Not a regular thing but depends on the circumstances I’ll mess with em. Never had beef oysters so i can’t compare.
I imagine eating a meal of tongue and balls must be quite the mouthfull.
I like meatballs, but not meat balls!!!
Mmmm butter sauce...creamy...
Elk mountain oysters are great! Bet deer are as well.
Food must be scarce in some states...Never had balls in my mouth, never will. Gotta be pretty hungry, hard up or poor to eat that kind of stuff IMO.
My feelings exactly, TrapperKayak. I've worked my entire life to keep food on the table for my wife and kids. Venison was a great supplement, but a testicle will never enter my mouth under any circumstance. I can't toss them far enough when field dressing a buck.....who ever thought up the idea of EATING them??? 8^/
Make STRONG like BULL!
I'm strong enough without trying to further prove manhood by slurping up deer nuts.
'...who ever thought up the idea of EATING them???' Someone in the Donner party. Or Jeffrey Dahmer.
What did Jeffrey Dahmer say to Pee Wee Herman? "Don't play with your food".
I had cooked some moose tongue once and asked my wife if she’d like to try it. She gave me that “are you that stunned” look and firmly declared she wasn’t eating anything that came from an animal’s mouth.
She said she’d just have eggs instead.
I agree GF, wussys...8^)
So those who are BRAVE enough to prepare and eat oysters, lets see some recipes...
I'd rather eat a hot dog, and those are filled with guts, butts, and nuts... Just sayin'
Can’t bring my self to eat testicles......
Come to the Midwest and cattle country where they are cut off fresh everyday somewhere. Slice them thin and dredge in seasoned flour and deep fry then serve with cocktail or ranch dipping sauce. Good stuff! I did take some dairy owners from New York to dinner one night in SW Kansas and ordered an appetizer tray for them. They all loved them except for the truck driver guy and he wouldn't even look at them on the plate. LOL
I save the balls off of most of my animals. They're good and if you eat them rare, they take 10 years off of you the next AM ;)
Well here they are. 2018 Mountain Goat balls. Real deal Rocky Mountain Oysters!
Just basted in butter
Just basted in butter
Ill be honest. They were incredibly strong tasting. Not something i plan on trying again.
I'll be honest, too - never heard of anybody preparing them that way.
The Fort restaurant around Denver used to have quite a rep for theirs. Had some down in Houston - Calf, I believe. Damn, but those were good! But for deer, I think I might prefer pre-rut.
I just spit my baked ziti all over the screen, holy smokes.....
I always eat the moose testicles and they're good.
First I peel them - there's a thick skin that cuts open easily and then a thin skin that you can peel off carefully with your fingers.
Then I slice them, spice them simply, and fry them up.
You can tell I'm recovering from right arm surgery at the moment... I've got time for this, LOL!
I had bull nuts once at a brewery. They were sliced, breaded and deep fried. The breading and seasoning were tasty, the nut slices not so much and the texture was yucky.
I like my elk balls prepared like Kenny said above. The skinning makes all the difference. It also helps that when you're done with the prep process, it doesn't look like a testicle......
Ya definitely not the best way to prepare. We talked about frying but figured it would be like anything else fried. Copied Steven Rinella’s hot buttered buck nuts except no hot sauce.
Definitely some of the cheapest out there. When you figure the price of some of the animals, deer nuts are under a buck.
I'm not a dog I'm not licking anyones nuts. I stop at the heart. Nuts Yikes!
Silly hunters............. Balls are for________________! You fill in the blank.
Some of you guys are too funny... You’re acting like you’re afraid you’ll catch The Gay or something, when far manlier men than any of us used to consider these Prime Eating.
When I went to school in Wyoming I worked part time on a ranch. In the spring when we did the branding/vaccinating/castrating the old rancher I worked for (who did all the actual castrations....we just held 'em down) would have a couple of empty 1 gallon cans at his side and that's where all the oysters went. They never left the ranch!
I’ve had calf fries, turkey fries, lamb fries, mountain oysters (pig nuts in my neck of the woods). They were all fairly tasty, but not enough to warrant me to try any additional varieties of culinary orbs.
I’ve eaten them. Eaten elk and had some Bighorn sheep this year. Those sheep ones are rather large
When I grew up on a farm in Iowa we did our own castrating. Every year we would get together with the neighbors and have a party where Mountain oysters were the main fare. Like t-roy I have had all 4 common ones. Lamb and turkey fry's were by far my favorite. I have also had them fresh off of my own ram kills. None were particularly terrible. To me they were like eating steak tartar or sushi. I will eat them at a special occasion when it's there and enjoy it but see no reason to seek it out regularly.
From GF: "Like you're gonna catch the Gay or something" HAHA!!
I'm with deerhaven on the seeking part. I ate the nuts off my elk, yes. But I was 5 or 6 fingers in on the Jameson and had a Mexican chef extraordinaire that was making sautéed testes sound like something from the winner of a Bobby Flay show on the Food Network. I ate them, but was kinda glad there were 3 or 4 guys sharing and the portion wasn't huge.........does sound kinda gay when I say it like that......
The nuts on the buck I killed last week stayed with the gut pile. The heart and liver came home. My son likes the heart and my dog loves the liver.
I love the meat. NOT to be confused with someone who also loves the balls.....lol
We ate Kudu, black death and eland oysters while in Zim this past September and they were very good. We had eland colon...mmmm, not so good but the PH's ate it up fast.
Bovine and Bighorn Sheep just depends how you fix them, you can find them on the menu at some resturants.
Ermine, how were the sheep nuts? My buddy saved them off his dad's ram and we're going to do oysters, sheep heart, and antelope heart one of these days, my wife is not thrilled...
"Some of you guys are too funny... You’re acting like you’re afraid you’ll catch The Gay or something, when far manlier men than any of us used to consider these Prime Eating."
It has NOTHING to do with that......I just know what sounds and looks appetizing to ME....or NOT. I fish and eat fish....cooked....not raw. I wash the fish odor off my hands before we grab a bite of lunch on the way home from fishing. If you have to make "mountain oysters" NOT look like testicles, there is certainly a revulsion factor going on. I'm sure if I was starving in the wilderness I could eat raw worms or ants too....but I am not hungry enough to purposely consume such things.
A Canadian gets stuck in a small Mexican village waiting for his car to get fixed, could take a week for parts. In the evening he hits the only canteena and see's the sign "Bull Fight Specials All week". Being a thrifty Canadian he orders the special and out comes a plate with two fist sized chunks of meat. He takes a couple of bites and decides it's not great but very good value for the price. He asks the waiter what it is and the waiter explains it's the bull's balls from the bull fight that day, nice and fresh. A little put off, but very full, he decides to have the same everyday to save a few bucks.
On the fourth day, be took his usual seat and the waiter, recognizing him, asks "The special again today Seenior?" to which the Canadian nodded affirmatively. When the plate arrived the regular big chunks of meat had been replaced with two much smaller ones. Vexed that he was not getting his normal bargain, he called the waiter back. "These are much smaller for the same price, is this not the special?"
"Ci,ci seenior, it ees the special. But today dee bull won!"
Anybody have a good recipe for making jello out of deer hooves?....
Have had mountain oysters several times, kind of a tradition where I grew up around branding time.....
But remember, those oysters are from calves, not full grown bulls. I've been told.... big difference. Would imagine the same difference in fawns and mature bucks, elk.
Only way I'm packin' em out is literally forced to by rule of law........
I don't eat guts. That's what coyotes and buzzards are for. Muscle meat all the way.....
I was gonna cook these from the last doe I killed but I didn't have the balls.
“But remember, those oysters are from calves, not full grown bulls. I've been told.... big difference. Would imagine the same difference in fawns and mature bucks, elk.”
My thoughts exactly, but ya know.... might be just the thing to give a guy the git up ‘n go that he needs to pack the rest of that bull off the mountain next day...
Same people that eat these probably eat squirrel brains.
"But remember, those oysters are from calves, not full grown bulls"
When waitress came and served the first batch of deep fried to me, I looked at them and looked up at my wife and said, "I'm a jealous SOB", but not those exact words...8^) They where full grown bison bull balls, or at least they looked like it...8^)
Good one fuzzy. If you really want some they are pretty cheap right now, under a buck I believe :)