Saturday 18 August 2012

The geese are getting fat

We ate one of the geese this week superbly cooked by Mrs Campbell: it fed seven with meat to spare, liver pate and fat for future cooking. This one was hatched on 6th April; at just over four months old it weighed 16lbs plucked. I doubt if there is a more efficient animal when it comes to converting grass to succulent meat.

These large birds are very strong , you cant dislocate their necks by hand like chickens. I have never met anyone who could. The most humane slaughter method is to hold the legs, lower the head to the ground and then shoot them in the head with a .22 rifle, stunning and death are instantaneous.

Of course if you keep geese and eat them you need somewhere to do the plucking, preferably a large outbuilding as there are lots of feathers and the bird needs to be hung from a strong beam. Its impossible to pluck all of the down so you have to singe these feathers off with a spirit lamp, not something you want to do in the house.

Next time you are looking for a new house, if there is room to pluck a goose its probably big enough and has enough sheds; you can't have too many sheds!

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