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Old October 21, 2008, 07:07 AM   #1
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Who else eats deer heart?

Well, the title pretty much sums it up, who else here enjoys eating deer heart? I've just grown up eating it along with the rest of the deer, honestly it's my favorite part to eat. I don't know anyone else locally other than family and a few close friends, who enjoys or has even tried it.

We slice it up and pan-sear with onions, garlic, and olive oil, then serve with spicy-honey mustard. Everyone who has tried it is hooked and no one can ever seem to get enough.......just had a new convert last night who has promised he'll send all future deer hearts to us for cooking
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Old October 21, 2008, 07:14 AM   #2
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Heck yeah.

Tasty.
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Old October 21, 2008, 07:15 AM   #3
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I've eaten it a few times. likeable as the liver is but I have to watch my cholesterol which both are loaded with.
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Old October 21, 2008, 07:28 AM   #4
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the old folk over here keep it in brandy and plain yogurt over night. then the next day fry it in a thick bottom pan in garlic butter. but then again over here allmost anything goes with brandy and coke
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Old October 21, 2008, 07:46 AM   #5
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A buddy of mine eats it. He's been known to eat it raw.
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Old October 21, 2008, 07:54 AM   #6
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I haven't but I would. It's a muscle. I've had chicken heart at a Brazilian steakhouse and it was very tasty. Of course, I have yet to eat any piece of meat roasted by Brazilians that wasn't very tasty. :-)
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Old October 21, 2008, 09:33 AM   #7
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We eat the heart out of all game animals we kill. Another way to enjoy it is to stuff it with your favorite stuffing and then slow cook it, we usually cook it on the BBQ with a few wood chips.

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Old October 21, 2008, 09:47 AM   #8
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Absolutely - pan seared as described, pure prime stuff! (The stuffed version sounds worth a try as well!) Served up as a breakfast steak with your scrambled eggs gets you off on the right foot for a day in the woods!
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Old October 21, 2008, 10:20 AM   #9
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I don't eat deer heart, but my cats and dogs love it.
They also eat a lot of deer liver.
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Old October 21, 2008, 10:54 AM   #10
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Love the Bambi but I don't do internal organs as most are geared towards cleansing the body.

Kinda like the oil filter in your vehicle.
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Old October 21, 2008, 10:57 AM   #11
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My Animal Eating Rules

1) The item can not be necessary for life.

2) It must be a muscle.

3) It must not be visible from the outside under normal circumstances.


Heart violates rule #1

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Old October 21, 2008, 11:30 AM   #12
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I use the heart and liver as currency, in exchange for using land/facilities to process the deer.
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Old October 21, 2008, 11:41 AM   #13
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I like liver (chicken and calf) and have had sheep kidneys (tasty), but I've never had the urge to try either deer liver or heart.

How does deer liver compare to cow or chicken?
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Old October 21, 2008, 11:57 AM   #14
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Moose heart is topnotch. I eat it whenever I manage to kill one w/o messing up the heart with the shot.

I'm kinda curious regarding the cholesterol comment though. What's the source of the info that game heart meat is loaded with cholesterol?

I googled it. Couldn't find any info regarding heart meat, but was surprised to find that most game meat comes in higher than beef on the cholesterol.

Still gonna eat it.
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Old October 21, 2008, 06:07 PM   #15
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Deer heart is good if pickled with slices of onion in bread and butter pickle juice. Boil the heart and slice thin. Layer of onion, layer of heart. Add some hot peppers for zing. Nummy.
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Old October 22, 2008, 09:31 AM   #16
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A buddy of mine eats it. He's been known to eat it raw.
A guy I used to work with ate the raw hearts of deer he kills. Just does not appeal to me a whole lot. It was some kind of family tradition I think.
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Old October 22, 2008, 09:51 AM   #17
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can't say as I've ever had venision heart, but buffalo heart we've eaten a several times...

clean & slice the heart into steaks ( ours are normally 3/4" thick or so ) put in a large zip lock bag, add a bottle of Italian salad dressing, & merinate for a couple days in the fridge... cook to taste on the grill like you would any other beef steak ( I use apple wood )

mmmmm... got me hungry for one right now... I'd guess deer heart would be the same, only smaller
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Old October 22, 2008, 10:55 AM   #18
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Yep. The heart and liver are the first meal from a freshly taken deer 'round my house.
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Old October 22, 2008, 11:30 AM   #19
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Most organs are high in cholesterol, but for diet purposes consider the heart to be a muscle.... a very healthy muscle. If there is a part of the deer with less cholesterol I’m not aware of it.

Cube it up, throw it in the crock pot with a bag of soup/stew veggies, add a 2-3 cans of Campbell’s condensed(no water) Cream of mushroom/tomato/celery/whatever.... (low sodium if you like) and just go away for 8+ hours

edit....

maybe not??? checked a few links for specifics and the psu one specifically lists deer heart as up there on the cholesterol list. Find it hard to believe bambi has more cholesterol than pork or bear but Penn State says so.



http://www.gunnersden.com/index.htm....ion-value.html

http://ces.uwyo.edu/PUBS/B920R.PDF

http://aginfo.psu.edu/News/2000/12/game.html

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Old October 22, 2008, 11:34 AM   #20
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I've eaten quite a few of them in the past. Now I mostly take them to throw into the sausage. This might sound gross to some, but I would boil the heart to tenderize it, then slice it up and pickle it with onions for a couple weeks in the refridgerator. Then eat it on crackers. Very tasty.
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Old October 22, 2008, 12:11 PM   #21
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sure do eat usually the first thing when we get home if it wasn't blown up
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Old October 22, 2008, 02:02 PM   #22
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I never have had it as it just fell in the gut bucket with everything else. But this year I will give it a whirl... I like liver from cattle so I will likely love it. This thread is what made me decide to look for it. I don't mind cholesterol... Actually I hope they find biscuits and gravy smothered in real butter laying in my arteries when I die! I only had one check done ad it was super great even though I do not try to watch it at all so I ain't changing anything!
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Old October 23, 2008, 06:25 PM   #23
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Old October 23, 2008, 07:00 PM   #24
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Heart is the best part

I love deer heart.
I boil it up, chop it up, put it in the blender with a lil' bit of mayo, garlic, and some burn twice red pepper and make a nice spicy pate' at christmas time. Goes great with red dry wine and crackers.

I also slice it after I boil it and it makes a perty good lunch meat.

My beagle likes it too. Boiled and cut up into her eatin bowl. She never leaves any for later.

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Old October 25, 2008, 09:21 AM   #25
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I boil it up, chop it up, put it in the blender with a lil' bit of mayo, garlic, and some burn twice red pepper and make a nice spicy pate' at christmas time. Goes great with red dry wine and crackers.
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