In order to solve the problem of foul-tasting game birds (no pun intended), Hans suggests using a brine and in fact says he rarely cooks duck without brining. Brining is more than just a water bath, Hans says that it works to pull the blood and unpleasant flavors out of your game bird and replace it with flavor. It’s not a complicated process either, using Hi Mountain Seasonings Game Bird & Poultry Brine or Brown Sugar Brine you simply take a seasoning packet, dump it into a gallon of water and submerge your bird and let it sit overnight. When you pull it out, rinse it off and you are ready to prepare it. Hans says that brining can help to tenderize your meats and notes that it is especially effective on wild turkeys that can be tough as they have very little fat. Plus, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, Hans notes how brining your turkey can make for a more flavorful and tender feast.
Brining your game birds isn’t the only way to prepare them, though, jerky is a crowd-pleasing favorite. Hans talks about their goose and turkey jerky seasoning kits. Although the texture is a little different, Hans says that goose jerky or Snackin Sticks are delicious and many people don’t even realize they are eating goose. A lot of people have a preconceived notion that making jerky is difficult, something beyond their skill level, however that’s not the case. That is what makes Hi Mountain Seasonings jerky kits so popular, they take the guess work out of it! Hans talks about what is involved in jerky making – cutting your meat, seasoning it with the included cure and seasoning mixture, letting it sit overnight and then putting it in the oven or smoker. With twenty-five different jerky kits there is a flavor profile to please everyone.
Hi Mountain Seasonings has a huge selection of rubs and seasoning blends. The versatility of the products is what really stands out though. While a product may have a specific name, like their Venison Rub or Brisket and Prime Rib Rub for example, the flavors work well and make sense with a lot of proteins and even vegetables. Trav professes his love for the aforementioned Brisket and Prime Rib Rub, a new addition to their selection this year that has a versatile savory flavor that’s as good with your meat as it is with a Bloody Mary.
If you aren’t already familiar with Hi Mountain Seasonings, then you need to cruise on over to www.HiMtnJerky.com and peruse their selection of seasonings. Their blends work masterfully with not only wild game but beef, chicken, pork and every other meat in between, plus veggies too! Be sure to tune in as Hans Hummel of Hi Mountain Seasonings talks about how we can elevate the flavor of our game meats.