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Exotic meat review - Peacock, venison

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Lynndsey Rigberg Jul 4, 2011 08:42 PM

Hi Chowhounds,

A few months ago, I asked your advice about procuring exotic meats. Someone suggested I look into exoticmeats.com....and I did. Anchu, the owner, a charasmatic colorful character steered me towards peacock. They were expensive - about $300 bucks each. He promised the peacock would be well slaughtered and that I could even keep the peacock feathers (which I wanted to use for decoration). Well, I splurged and bought a couple peacocks. The review?

First of all, the peacocks showed up in dry ice, seem relatively fresh. They are quite large...maybe 9-11 pounds. And then the feathers turned out to be peahen......not peacock, but peahen. Now I know peacock is supposed to be a little tougher anyway....but I spent hours on the phone with this guy who promised me one thing and then sold me another. But what to do - the peacocks, er, peahens, were here, and I might as well cook them for this big party that I had been planning.

I also got a leg of venison, which looked incredibly fresh.

The peahen was gamey, and tasted like wild turkey. Not very flavorful. But I think all my guests liked how I cooked it (Breasts were roasted and the rest was braised).

So thanks again for the recommendation of exoticmeats.com - I have some things to sort out with the owners, and am hoping for a partial discount, but we're all very glad we tried it in the end!

Thanks again!

  1. ipsedixit Jul 4, 2011 08:56 PM

    I've never ordered from exoticmeats.com, but if you get the chance I highly recommend elk, boar and emu.

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