Monday, January 19, 2009


My husband greeted me early this morning with this.

He leaves the house by 6 a.m. everyday, while I am still pondering getting dressed at 9 a.m. He came back today around 9:00 and said, "There is a leg of deer in the refrigerator from O___. Just cut it up and put it in the convection oven." Whaaaaaat????

After awhile I took a peek and yes, there was a "leg of deer" in the fridge. Granted -- it was probably only half the leg, or maybe a small deer, which even made me feel worse about the poor creature. Now, I am not a vegetarian nor am I tremendously opposed to hunting (I guess). Hunting is a pretty big deal around here. Mostly duck and deer. I think it is mean to do it, but if it is legal and you need it to eat or thin the herd, or whatever the reasons/excuses are, well I don't get on the bandbox about it.

So I quickly closed the refrigerator door and called my sister. When in doubt, I call my sister. What am I going to do about this? She suggested marinating it or taking it somewhere and having it ground up for hamburger meat. Nah. I don't have a pan big enough or a saw to cut it up with and I doubt that a regular butcher would grind it up for me. I waited a few hours and took another look. No, I am not dealing with this.

I think I prefer meat that doesn't look like the original animal - meat that is nicely packaged in a grocer's freezer. Well, yes, I do dream of living in a log cabin, but no, I guess I won't be doing any hunting.

I called my husband and told him to thank the man, but that his wife is a "vegetarian" and won't cook the poor creature's leg and please give it to someone who will appreciate it. My husband didn't even balk or complain. I don't think he wanted it either. He doesn't like hunting and can't stand to watch anything on television that shows a suffering animal.

Right now? It is still in the refrigerator, but not for long.....I hope.


Rose Haven said...


I don't want it either!!


Karen said...

Ew, I don't think I'd want to deal with that either. I love that you "waited a couple hours and took another look." LOL!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Nope! Don't bring to my house! I'd be sobbing for 2 days. My Dad used to hunt when I was a little girl but we really needed it to feed our family but I prefer the grocery store these day! You poor thing, I hope it leaves soon!!!

big hugs, Sherry

Jess said...

I will only eat deer-burger i it has been cooked in chili or spaghetti...but I wont eat it if I can taste

And I guess that's the point ...right?

Don't blame you a bit!

Love, Jess

Willow said...

I'm not a vegetarian, and I used to live in the New Guinea jungle where we watched people kill and cook their meat, BUT. Here in the US, I just can't do it. I'd have done the same thing you did...

Literary Feline said...

I probably would have done the same thing! LOL

Linda said...

Thank you for thinking of us ...but no thank you:)....I'm with you. Kind of reminds me of the fruitcake most people really don't want, but I like fruitcake...go figure...hugs, Linda

Lynne said...

Not for me! Susan's ex-husband goes deer hunting and brought us some venison. I couldn't cook it or eat it. Poor Bambi!

BClark said...

Ah, I am with you, please pass it on. I will say that I would rather that a deer were used to feed someone, rather then be road kill. I also know that they can be real pests when allowed to over populate and area. In Wisconsin they are also having big problems with a sort of mad cow disease. It seems to be related to overcrowding. All that said, please do not send leg this way.

Diane said...

Oh No that would never get prepared by me, I would have freaked out! I am glad you handled it just perfectly.
Hugs, Diane