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Cooking kangaroo 
23rd-Apr-2008 10:21 pm
During our grocery trip to Woolies, we discovered some kangaroo fillets for sale. I wasn't sure about them, but the SO assured that it was very much like beef. That it is significantly cheaper per kg than any other meat was a big plus, so we picked up 2 300gm packs - plain and marinated in herbs and garlic.

Doesn't that look goooooood? (^_-)-☆

The meat is from Macro Meats - Gourmet Game. It's advertised as being more environmentally friendly than ranched meats, such as beef or mutton. Kangaroo meat apparently does not come from a farm, but from culling exercises. I really don't want to get into a debate of the merits and drawbacks of shooting animals to keep overpopulation in check, so we'll leave it at that for now.

The fillets smelt a little stronger than beef, but not in pungency as mutton. And the cut made the muscle look like strips than fillets.

With only 2% of fat, kangaroo should only be cooked to medium rare and no more. It would just get too dry and tough. I slapped them onto the Healthsmart Grill (I love this appliance so much) to cook for a couple of minutes and it turned out really good. We might get more next time we run into it. (^_^)
24th-Apr-2008 11:01 am (UTC) - Kangaroos arent overpopulated
Just to correct one of your comments.
Altho I can understand Australia believing kangaroos are overpopulated, as this is the propoganda we have been fed by the Kangaroo Industry ( who hunts our native emblem for export as leather) but kangaroos have actually been decimated by drought and the commercial industry and have crashed by up to 75% across most of NSW for example. Kangaroos exert a grazing pressure of just 1-8% (State Env Report 2006) compared to sheep 30% and cattle 65% on low intensity grazing land (60% of Australia) and sheep and cattle outnumber kangaroos 10:1.
SO lets just be clear exactly which species are overpopulated in this country.

SOrry I know you didnt want a debate but just wanted to correct your statement about overpopulation.
Australian Society for Kangaroos.
24th-Apr-2008 12:20 pm (UTC) - Re: Kangaroos arent overpopulated
Sorry let be very very clear which species is overpopulating australia ... like our national emblem they walk on two legs, minus the tail.

Actually thats why i'd like to see less sheep/cattle and more roo farming.

BTW if you are going to read this, have the balls to post your real name and email address rather then spouting your crap on a blog comment.
25th-Apr-2008 12:57 am (UTC)
We've eaten kangaroo steak lightly seasoned with herb and thrown on the barbeque till medium rare. I find that while it's not as tasty as beef, it does possess a strong gamey flavour which took me aback, but the texture was lovely. It's definitely a taste i could acquire.

I'd like to try kangaroo meat served in a non-steak dish (if they do that).
25th-Apr-2008 01:47 am (UTC)
You could probably try slicing it thinly to do stir-fry, but I reckon you'd probably have to throw it in last to prevent it from overcooking.
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