Thursday, June 09, 2011

Marinated fillet of moose

My sister brought a fillet of moose from her freezer, when visiting a few weeks ago. We decided to marinate it for three days before baking it, and as helped us to our first serving, I asked myself; why do I not do this more often.

Extra flavour may be added to meat through different methods. Cover a piece of chicken breast or a fillet steak in salt, and allow it to stay in the freezer for a few days, and you’ll find that the salt has extracted water and has added a mild salty flavour to the meat.

Use papaya, both fruit meat and stones and you’ll get flavour, but the seeds are strong tenderizers as well. Papaya contains the enzyme Papain that breaks down all types of meat within seconds.

How to Use Papaya as a Meat Tenderizer - read story here

A good marinade may add flavour as well as tenderize. My sister brought a large fillet steak of moose as a gift a few weeks ago. As we did not know how tender it would turn out to be, we decided to place it in a marinade. My sister made a complicated marinade from what was available in my kitchen cabinets and refrigerator.

She is a gifted cook, so she made the marinade very quickly. Basically a marinade should contain sweet, salt and sour aroma. Here is what she used (that I can remember)
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt
  • Vinegar from a empty glass of pickled cucumber
  • Wine
  • Mustard
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Sliced onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf)

She mixed the marinade well, poured it over in a large bread tin immersed the large piece of meat in it. We covered it with clingfilm and placed it in the fridge. I massaged the meat once a day, leaving it to soak for three days.

The best way to roast it, was, as ever, on a low heat (100C / 215F) as long as you want, basically. Seal the surface in hot butter first, before placing it in the oven. A piece of meat like this must stay there for at least 6-7 hours. In a hotter oven you may decrease the cooking time drastically, but it will not stay as tender and moist. Try it!

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