Nevada big game seasons begin in late summer and it is never too early to prepare for a successful hunt. Part of that preparation involves learning how to cook that freezer full of healthy, organic and tasty game meat you will obtain.
For the many hunters and families the learning process begins with a simple question. What do I cook?
To help answer that question, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has partnered with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas to conduct a series of game care and cooking workshops. The workshops will provide answers and options beyond the standard "throw it in a crock pot and cook it" recipes.
Game care, meat processing and cooking are areas where many hunters lack good information, according to John McKay, NDOW Outdoor Education coordinator.
"Whether it’s not learning proper techniques in the first place, being afraid to ask questions or listening to the old wives tales out there, many hunters don’t seem to know the basic principles necessary to first get their game home in good shape and then do their harvest justice when preparing it," he said.
NDOW will host a series of workshops in Las Vegas. The first is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Technique Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu. Big Game will be highlighted and the cost of the class is $40 per person.
Participants will learn tips and techniques that will help them take game from field to table and make meals they’ll be proud to serve family and friends.
Due to limited seating, registration is required and available now for the March 22 class. Register online through Le Cordon Bleu’s eventbrite page.
Topics covered include game care, processing and storage and cooking techniques in handling and preparing wild game. While chili and stew are fine, other recipes will be demonstrated that will expand ones culinary repertoire. Participants will be able to sample each of the prepared dishes.
The big game workshop will be followed by one highlighting game fish in June and upland game and waterfowl in October or November.
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