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Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 07 3:09 pm    Post subject: Pheasant for Christmas  Reply with quote    

Our Christmas dinner fell out of the sky yesterday.

My question is this, If I hang them for 4-5 days and then pluck draw and refrigerate, will it be OK for Christmas day considering that it's 11 days away, or should I freeze them after plucking?

Fee



Joined: 21 Mar 2005
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Location: Surrey Heath
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 07 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OMG, is it only 11 days till Christmas??

Sorry, as you were, haven't got a clue about pheasant

judith



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 07 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd freeze them.

lettucewoman



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 07 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yeah me too

woodsprite



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 07 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Definately freeze them.
You probably have your own way of roasting them but might I humbly suggest my grans (and now my) method?
Put a lump of fatty stewing steak into the cavity and cover with streaky bacon. Your pheasant will be succulent. I use this method every week when I roast pheasant.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 07 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We'll be having pheasant it I run one over before the big day...

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 07 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd freeze it too - just that bit too long till 25th.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 07 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks folks, going to hang them a bit less and then freeze them. Timing is hard to come by when you are getting wild food!

pookie



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 07 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

on the subject of pheasants....is it poaching if you kill a pheasant on your own land? got asked the other day and I didn't know the answer....

Marionb



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 07 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

pookie wrote:
on the subject of pheasants....is it poaching if you kill a pheasant on your own land? got asked the other day and I didn't know the answer....


I wouldnt have thought so.... I'm no expert but I'd assume that if it was on my land I could shoot it for myself.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 07 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

pookie wrote:
on the subject of pheasants....is it poaching if you kill a pheasant on your own land? got asked the other day and I didn't know the answer....


Nope, but there is a season and you need a game licence.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 07 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There was talk on here a long time ago about the game licence being dispensed with. I take it nothing happened.

LynneA



Joined: 25 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 07 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had pheasant on Christmas Day last year. A college classmate had a friend who was a forest ranger out in darkest Essex and had a freezer load to give away. Was a novice dog's first retrieve so was a little extra "tenderised" in places. But it was enough for the two of us and made a good risotto for Boxing Day.

Brownbear



Joined: 28 May 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 07 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Game Licence for England and Wales has been abolished. One may lawfully take any game one finds upon ones own land - even if it has wandered across into your garden from the shoot next door, it matters not. Anythong on ones own property may be lawfully taken.

Pheasant and other game may lawfully be taken out of season, if they are causing damage to crops or property and other methods short of killing have been tried and found wanting.

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 07 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gil wrote:
I'd freeze it too - just that bit too long till 25th.


My Dad used to hang pheasants for AGES - until they were green. He said it made them taste better. It has put me off them for life.

Although I have to say, Woodsprite's method for cooking one sounds good enough for me to give pheasant another go sometime.

And on the subject of running them over, I was always told it was illegal to pick up any pheasant you ran over - but OK to pick up one run over by some-one else. Is this right or just a myth?

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