Have I mentioned I used to be a really picky eater? Well, I guess I still am, but I have better reasoning now and I’ll at least try things I once if I don’t have a good reason to not try it.
When I was in Alaska, I made it a point to try to eat as many different animals (even ones I normally wouldn’t have eaten) as I could. You gotta try everything at least once, right?
If you’re not a meat eater, you’ll probably dislike this post so…sorry. Wait, no I’m not. This is my blog and I love eating meat. Go read a vegetarian blog.
I grew up with plenty of venison around the house, so I’m no stranger to deer meat. Until recently, though…I never really saw the point in eating deer or hunting your own food. Then I realized that I was being dumb and hunting is awesome.
Why? Oh, I don’t know…what would you rather eat…a cow that’s been eating the equivalent of McDonald’s its whole life in a cramped space with a ton of other cows or a deer who’s spent its life happily prancing in the woods and eating (for the most part) food which it forages for itself and YOU (or someone you know) killed yourself?
I’d choose the second one because I like to eat things that were healthy before they died. What you eat eats, you also eat…you know?
So, anyway. I had the opportunity to eat some wild game in Alaska. What kind of wild game? Well, I had:
- Reindeer Sausages
- Elk Burger
- Caribou Burger
- Bear Burger
Did you know that a reindeer is just a domesticated caribou? I didn’t.
That’s the reindeer sausage to the right. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat the bun. Although…I’m not sure why I chose to be selective with this meal because I ate a decent amount of bread on this trip. Oh yeah, I remember. Look at that bun. It’s pathetic. I decided early on that if I’m going to be eating bread, it better be delicious bread. That bread was too wimpy for me.
My favorite on that list was probably the caribou burger. With the exception of the bear burger, all of the meat was bought at restaurants so I’m not entirely certain how “wild” the animals were but the bear was definitely wild.
Did you know bear meat can have worms in it? Apparently you don’t eat bear meat until it’s well done, otherwise you run the risk of getting sick from the worms. I didn’t know that until a couple days after eating said bear meat. Otherwise I would have been more apprehensive. Luckily, I’m worm free.
I guess my friend cooked the burgers all the way, thankfully. Although she did say that not all meat has worms in it and they had already eaten meat from this particular bear previously. So I was pretty much in the clear.
This meat also had bacon in it. Which is awesome, because bacon is awesome. Oh, and that lettuce? It was grown in a garden by the refugees who my friend teaches about America at her job. She has a pretty awesome job.
Remember when I said I was trying to eat more seafood? Well, I definitely got the chance in Alaska.
What kind of seafood did I eat? I had…
I just blew your mind, didn’t I? That’s a ton of seafood for someone who hates seafood. Honestly, the only thing I liked was the halibut. It was delicious. I’m allergic to salmon so I really only had a quick bite of smoked salmon dip before my mouth got all itchy and my face got all hot.
The crab? Not so much. I see crabs as giant bugs that can swim. So it really grosses me out. I’m trying to be okay with it. I’m really trying. Because hey, there are people in the jungle eating tarantulas. And what will I ever do if I survive a nuclear holocaust and the only thing I can eat are cockroaches? Yuck. I’m not sure I want to live in that world.
Clams and Calamari gross me out because they’re chewy. Especially the clam. Weird. Too weird. But hey, at least I tried it, right!?
Try to be a little unconventional sometimes when it comes to the food you eat! If everyone eats the same chicken breasts, broccoli, and salad every single day, not only will they be missing out on some nutrients, but they’re missing out on the opportunity to experience something new and probably even better for the environment.
Maybe you’re thinking the things I ate aren’t weird at all, that’s awesome! But they’re definitely weird for someone who would basically only eat chicken breasts until recently. Have you ever eaten anything weird? Let me know in the comments!