I live with a real caveman. I have always known this but since I have been eating primal, it has never been more clearly outlined. My hubby, affectionately called “Stag” has been tracking and hunting animals and fish long before “Grok” was popular.
When I first met him, I was a vegetarian and proud of it. (Of course, I weighed the most I had ever weighed in my life, but it wasn’t because of vegetarian, right?) He had me at “Hello” and I couldn’t believe that I was actually in love with a man that was a hunter. Not only was he a hunter but a very successful one. How could I reconcile this with my consciousness?
The day I got the diagnoses from my eye doctor that said I was anemic; I started looking at the possibility of eating red meat again. Stag happily complied and drug an elk home. I was appalled and intrigued. Stag cooked it with great love, sautéed with onions, apples and rosemary. Oh yes, it was amazing.
After much research I realized that wild game is actually the very best meat one can eat. Period. Low in fat and cholesterol, high in protein and grass fed naturally, it is a superior meat. Elk have not been altered through breeding to be bulky and fat marbled. They are as nature made them, for thousands of years. (This is true for all venison.)
Here I am, 14 years later, eating like a “hunter gather” and lean, clean grass fed meats are a commodity. Who would of thunk it? What a gift it is to have a crazed hubby that loves to hunt and fish! I always knew he was a catch, but now I positively am following him around drooling!
Two weeks ago, Stag drug another elk home. It was a big celebration! He hadn’t got an elk for 2 years due to his changing from rifle hunting to bow hunting. He felt more like mouse than a caveman out there hunting them with just a stick and a string. But patience preserved and Stag harvested one. (I told you he is a caveman.)
I know many of you have not been part of harvesting an elk, but it is a lot of work. Stag does all his own butchering of the animal. It takes him the better part of a week, and that is with help from some other cavemen! My favorite part of the whole process is when he makes elk sausage.
Stag grinds the less desirable meat and sinew to make burger, then he mixes the meat up with his special spice mix and voila! Caveman sausage. He does not add pork like some hunters do, just pure elk sausage. It is so good! I could eat it every single day.
I have managed to arm wrestle his recipe out of him to share with you. (Well, more like flutter my eyelashes and ask nicely.) His sister “Arctic” help him develop this recipe. We grind our meat in a “Kitchen Aide” meat grinder attachment that works quite well. If you do not hunt, you could make this sausage with ground buffalo or grass fed beef. There are so many recipes you can use this in that the sky is the limit!
- 5 cups ground wild or grass feed meat
- 2 teaspoons of fennel
- 2 teaspoons of parsley
- 2 teaspoons of sage
- 1 teaspoon of cracked red pepper
- 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
- ½ teaspoon of coriander
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- Place your ground meat in your mixer bowl with the paddle spoon. Set the mixer going while you sprinkle in the spices till it is all mixed together well. Or, if you don’t have a big strong mixer, go caveman and mix it like Stag does, by hand. He sprinkles in the spices and hand squishes them into the meat till well mixed.
- Package in what ever size packages that you would like and freeze what you don’t eat soon. Cook with a little coconut oil because there is hardly in fat in this sausage. Yum, good. Grunt.