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What does it mean when something tastes "gamey"?

Asked by ragingloli (52062points) September 7th, 2022

I recently had some deer steaks. It tasted significantly of liver (which I am not a fan of). Is that what “gamey” means?

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KNOWITALL's avatar

Yes. You can soak overnight in milk or buttermilk to pull the blood out.

Demosthenes's avatar

Is “gamey” at all similar to that “wet dog” taste you sometimes get when you microwave chicken?

ragingloli's avatar

I do not know what a wet dog tastes like.

Demosthenes's avatar

xD I meant it tastes similar to the smell. That’s the best way I can describe it.

ragingloli's avatar

I do not know what a wet dog smells like, either.

flutherother's avatar

I take it to mean it is a little “off” or over ripe.

rebbel's avatar

For me “gamey” means strong, off, different, mature.
Not a fan.

canidmajor's avatar

I always thought it meant that it just had a stronger flavor, like game does, because game eats a more varied diet than domesticated meat animals do.

gondwanalon's avatar

Yes you got the meaning correctly. Deer meat = gamey.

I’d have to be very very hungry before I eat deer meat.

I never knew what was meant by “gamey” until I tasted deer meat for the first time. Then I knew instantly what gamey meant.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Last time I had wild meat it tasted like an overpowering taste of warm pee. I don’t know how else to describe it.

canidmajor's avatar

I love the stuff, it’s too bad so many don’t.
@RedDeerGuy1 I have never tasted warm pee. Why have you??? ;-)

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@canidmajor Yes. When I was in grade 3. Now lets never speak of it again. I might put it in my book. : )

RayaHope's avatar

^^ HAHA!! ewwww
I think that would mean a wild yucky taste like a raw piece of meat barf Better burn it with fire and bury it deep!

filmfann's avatar

I thought gamey meant a taste of rot.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I thought it meant it tasted of wild game vs domesticated “game.” Strong. I don’t like it.

gorillapaws's avatar

I’ve had venison that was braised in wine and herbs for hours and it was incredible (It was one of the rare occasions I’ve broken my “no red meat except pork” policy). I’ve also had it in a stew. Neither time was “gamey.” The point being that I think the preparation of the meat as well as the manner of cooking plays a big role in the final flavor.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

Generally what this gamey taste/texture really is has to do with the fact that the animal is nowhere near as fat as a domesticated animal raised for meat. They have had a significantly different diet and we are just not used to the flavor.

Forever_Free's avatar

I think it is when it tastes like eating a Monopoly board or a deck of cards.

gorillapaws's avatar

Not to be too graphic, but doesn’t the rapidity of field dressing the animal after it’s been slain have a large impact on the “gaminess” of the meat later?

zenvelo's avatar

I always thought of “gamey” as akin to mutton. I have had elk meat in the last few months that had a lighter flavor than some beef steaks. I had venison when I was young and have steered clear of it.

I did enjoy venison jerky, but that was soaked in spices prior to drying that it took nay “gaminess” out of the meat.

KNOWITALL's avatar

It has a lot to do with prep. The fat, the silver tendons, how it was dressed or processed. Better just keep thinking it’s gross and leave to those of us who consider it the best.

You should add butter, salt and pepper, that’s it and it’s tender and amazing.

Dutchess_III's avatar

IT’S GROSS! You can have mine @KNOWITALL

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Dutchess_III Guarantee you that you’d love my loin, sister. Haha!

gorillapaws's avatar

@Dutchess_III I’m kind of picky in terms of the meat I eat. I don’t do organ meat and the like. The venison I tasted was really delicious. I wouldn’t assume that it is ALWAYS gross based on your previous experiences.

I also suspect you’d love @KNOWITALL‘s loin

Blackwater_Park's avatar

If you have ever had venison backstraps you would not think it’s not amazing.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You need to just leave KNOWITALL’S loin out of it!

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Dutchess_III @gorillapaws I’d dearly love to cook for a living someday. Or win the lottery and just cook all day and feed the homeless.

I made philly cheesesteak eggrolls with tri tip this weekend. Soooo good! Thinking about trying reubens and ham & cheese.

gorillapaws's avatar

@KNOWITALL Do you know much about field dressing an animal? If it’s not done immediately, does that cause the animal to taste gamey? Does it need to get into a freezer right away?

KNOWITALL's avatar

@gorillapaws Yes, I’ll PM you so its not too graphic here..

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