Honest Kitchen: Bear Stew

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I was worried when I got my bear that I would not like the taste of the meat.  My bear was 457lbs so there was a lot of meat to be had.  I gave some to friends to try and then had to figure out how I was going to try it myself.  I figured burger was the way to go, but in order to cook it thoroughly to kill any parasites, we had to pretty much dry it out.  I was not a fan.

Then, I attempted my stew recipe on some of the stewmeat.  I did my thing, added some spices and let it cook in the crockpot overnight.  When I was woken up at 2am by the smell, I knew things were looking up.  Little did I know that bear meat would become one of my favorites!

Bear Stew
Here is my very simple recipe:

3 large carrots
3 celery stalks
2 can of condensed tomato soup
1 (or 2) packages of meat.
2 cups bouillon (I use beef)
4 potatoes

1. Shoot a bear.
2. Butcher the bear but don't let this happen.
3. Get out the crockpot.
4. Chop and add three large carrots and three large stalks of celery.
5. Add a package (or two) of the bear meat onto of the carrots and celery.
6. Add 2 cups of bouillon.
7. Add one can of soup.
8. Chop and add potatoes.
9. Add last can of soup.
10. Set crockpot on Low for 8-10 hours.

J.M. Hirsch, the Food Editor at The Associated Press actually tried it, liked it and tweeted about it! Feel free to tweak parts and add whatever you want for spices.