Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Meat Hunters

 In the early 17th century, one did not go to Whole Foods and select a turkey from a refrigerated bin fill of cryo-sealed fowl. All the birds in the 1600's were "free-range." The religious zealots who came to these shores had to set off into the woods and fields to seek meat for the table. They had unreliable and hard to aim flintlock weapons. Their gunpowder supply was precious and fickle. A missed shot was a lamentable event.
 Deer and turkey were abundant in the fields and forests of New England. But first they had to be located and harvested. It was work. It was also work to drag the game home and clean it. Cooking over wood fires is no game either.
So when we belly up to the table tomorrow, after hauling the store-bought bird from the Viking range, remember what our ancestors had to do in order to plate the Thanksgiving meal. The local Native Americans were not caterers. To the PETA types out there...how is that Tofurkey tasting....yuch.

4 comments:

lindaraxa said...

Like you I pity the Petas and the vegetarians. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Thanksgiving.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Mmm-mmm! Now that tofurkey is some goo-ood eatin'!

Best Regards,

Heinz-Ulrich von B.

The Reverend Fowl ™ said...

I studied 19th century turkey hunting. Turkey bodies were hunted in trees, at night during a full moon.

M.Lane said...

LOL Classic! I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday.

ML