Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 53

Opposite page: Mike Szymanski, Bismarck, loves to waterfowl hunt during any season so he’s learned how to process large quantity of meat in a variety of ways, including goose bacon burgers, burger meat, and a variety of sausages and snack meats -- even soup. Bottom, a goose sandwich with all of the trimmings. Mike Szymanski, Bismarck, plucks the ducks he uses when grilling duck. These are also waxed, dipped in hot wax with it peeling away after hardening. Top right, mallard breast tips, sauteed’ in onions and olive oil on a cast iron pan. meat. Szymanski’s family is no exception. So he needed to figure out some tantalizing ways to use the large quantity of meat successful goose hunts can yield. For Szymanski, goose meat equates to some of the best, most versatile burger a family could find in their freezer: Spaghetti sauce, hot dishes, tacos or nachos, chili, and whatever else a person wants to cook with ground meat. In the Szymanski home that means breaking out a package of goose burger. “There are so many ways to go with the burger… there are so many options,” he describes. Szymanski processes his own meat, having learned the ins and outs from his father-in-law, a retired butcher, and reading books. Several years ago he recognized the need for a heavy-duty 1.75-horsepower meat grinder and a variety of meat processing equipment to handle the large quantity of goose meat. His reasoning is that if hunters make the investment in field equipment which includes dozens and doze ns of decoys, decoy trailer, and all the other gear to get in the field, then that same approach applies when dealing with the quantity of meat a successful day in the waterfowl blind provides. For those who don’t want to take the time to process their own meat, he suggests hunters select a commercial processor that will work with them to ensure meat is processed to their specifications. Ensuring quality meat starts in the field, Szymanski says. Don’t let birds pile in ways they can retain heat. Spread them out so they can cool, lay breast-side up, and don’t cover with decoys. Remember that www.dakotacountrymagazine.com Dakota Country, October 2016, Page 53