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Old 08-21-2004, 01:31 PM
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Default Cooking Sandhill crane

How do you cook them and are they any good to eat
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Old 08-21-2004, 02:45 PM
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I have never eaten them myself, but I hear they are "the ribeye of the sky" !!
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Old 08-21-2004, 03:48 PM
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I shot my first Sandhill cranes this past season. In my opinion, they were very good. The first batch of crane, I marinated in fajati mix and grilled. The second batch I cooked. I marinated in Italian seasoning and wrapped in bacon and grilled with onions and green peppers.
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Old 08-21-2004, 04:40 PM
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Sandhill Crane.....Mmmmmmm. On my first trip to Sask. a couple of years ago I had the chance to shoot one and give it a try. Man was it good. If you get a chance to shoot one, don't hesitate. Stubble Bum cooked one up at the Canadian Flocknocker fishing tourney and the guys loved it. Hopefully Stub will post up his recipe for ginger crane.
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Old 08-21-2004, 07:14 PM
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I'll second the opinion that Sandhill Crane is the ribeye of the sky! I've actually never cooked it myself, but Stubble Bum will have a great recipe to share, as BC mentioned.
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Old 08-21-2004, 10:32 PM
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I'll take real ribeye. They're dry and taste marginal in my opinion.
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Old 08-21-2004, 11:52 PM
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A good recipe for crane is boil them with a bunch of rocks, when the rocks get soft throw away the crane! hehehe. ;-)

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Old 08-22-2004, 05:05 AM
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We mix all our breasts together. ( light geese, dark geese, ducks and cranes) We have sausage made, always taste great! I enjoy it more than venison sausage.
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Old 08-22-2004, 04:34 PM
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Default it all depends....

Like lots of other gamebird species, young cranes are excellent eating (cranes being among the very best, IMO), and method of cooking is not very critical.. just so long as you don't overcook and dry them out. Also many other game bird species, old cranes can be really really tough, but flavor is still quite good. One strategy for old birds, if you don't want to go the sausage or jerky route, is to pressure cook the bird(s), then proceed with some other form of moist cooking. One of my favorites on old cranes or geese is to pressure cook til the bird "de-laminates" then use a couple of forks to "pull" the meat into strings, then simmer for a little while (10 -15 min?) in your favorite barbecue sauce.
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Old 08-23-2004, 01:37 PM
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