Who knew bear fat had such a practical use?
Many hunters try to find way to salvage as much of an animal as they possibly can, as the last thing any of us wants to do is waste a perfectly good natural resource. By taking an animal from the earth, it's our responsibility to use it to its full potential.
Fortunately, we have people like Bear Magazine Editor Clay Newcomb who are able to give us some ideas for some of the less edible parts of an animal.
As an avid bear hunter, he certainly knows his way around a bruin, so he comes to us today with an interesting use for bear fat you probably aren't too familiar with.
Yes, you read the headline correctly: he's using it to fry up some flathead catfish.
Watch the video below:
On one hand, I was kind of hoping the different bears would produce different results, but I suppose it's better for cooking purposes to know bear fat will work no matter where it came from.
There's just something special about tasting the difference between wild game that was harvested at different times of the year. It's interesting to analyze the differences in diets and climate determine what might affect the taste of an animal.
Newcomb and company couldn't taste the difference here, but if you didn't believe bear fat could produce great-tasting fried catfish, now you have the evidence to prove it!
What's the craziest thing you've ever tried to cook with the scraps of a game animal? What all do you make a point to salvage?
Let us know! We love learning new recipes!