I Am No Sarah Palin

I am sincerely grateful for my abundance of blessings, except one.

About four years ago, my husband came home with a grand announcement.  A friend had given him an entire chest of meat.  “Lots of elk and even some moose!”  he tells me.

“Oh joy.” was my possibly sarcastic remark.

I truthfully tried to be the perfect wife.  I  attempted a flavorful moose stew.  My husband thought is was delicious.  I gulped down one bite and was done, never to return.

The elk was even worse.  The smell alone immediately overcame me.   I couldn’t swallow.  I’ve heard the flavor of elk is greatly based on what the elk eats.  Because of my ladyish ways,  I won’t tell you what I think ours ate.

We ended up giving away a good portion of the moose.  For some reason, no one would take that smelly elk.  Maybe I wasn’t the best sales person.  I’m wondering if our generous donor had the same problem.

And so it remained, overtaking my freezer.  I have wanted to toss it numerous times, but felt guilty.  I know an animal died for that meat.   It has been a good food storage item.  If starving, I think I could choke it down.

Over the years, the elk has made an occasional sneaky dinner appearance, via my husband.   And, on a positive note, my husband did find his elk eating counterpart, my 3-year-old, Mase. I think this helped them bond.

Yesterday, however, there was a momentous development.  My husband cooked up some elk and– couldn’t eat it!  It smelled even stronger than usual.  Four years of freezer time will do that to meat I guess.

So, today, I say a final goodbye to the elk.  I’m sorry you were not appreciated, but you will not be missed.  
Rest in peace.

Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: We will be celebrating our elk-free lives with a tasty chicken. 


  1. Kristina says:

    Oh goodness – this is too funny. I have never eaten moose, but I have eaten Elk. Normally it's not something that smells absolutely horrible. Smells a little different, but nothing that is overwhelmingly obvious. Glad it's gone! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Grumpy Grateful Mom says:

    In fairness to the elk, I was pregnanct twice during the elk years. Though, I think we just had a special variety. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You are so funny, thank you for always making me laugh! I have never been into game, I find it a tad to "gamey". I am impressed that you even cooked it when you were pregnant. I could not walk into a butcher without getting sick in all three of my pregnancies. I will say a silent prayer for the elk that gave up his life for you! Lol! Thanks again for the laugh!

  4. mrsmarkdave says:

    Oh my gosh. That is one of the funniest stories ever. You did far better than I would have. There is NO WAY I would have even cooked either of those let alone tried them. Oh yuk! I'm glad for you that it's gone.

  5. Ha ha! I feel bad for laughing ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm right there with ya though, if it smelled or tasted funny I wouldn't be cooking with it. Happy to hear that you parted ways amicably ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys says:

    Your comment on the what the Elk ate cracked me up.

  7. Sandra's Fiberworks says:

    SOOOO glad you're not Sarah Palin! :))

  8. Song Sparrow says:

    Ewww, Elk and Moose meat. I give you props for trying it, but I wouldn't go there! lol

  9. sarajo says:

    That's too funny! I know I've had elk, but I can't remember if I liked it or not. Hmm…

  10. Saunders Crew says:

    4 years??!!! You've had meat in your freezer for 4 years!!?? Both just sound gross, people down here in the south like to eat deer….I'm not one of those southern people. I'll stick to my cow and chickens.

  11. thingsthatkeepmesane.com says:

    You're good for even trying it. I can't stomach much more than "normal" meats (chicken, turkey, beef).

  12. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    I've got the heeby-jeebies now … my MIL (who I *really* do love) made sloppy joes from elk. I seriously thought I was going to die right then and there. But Buddy, who would rather eat salad than meat on ANY day, *loved* it … thank goodness I didn't know this story before or I would have felt *obligated* to get some from you for him.

  13. LOL! I just read this and your last three stories, and I'm still laughing my head off! Good thing my oldest daughter is begging me to come outside, or I might just sit and read your blog for hours. I love your writing style!

    I LOVE life with my little ones, and I love reading stories about other moms and their little ones. What in the world does the rest of the world laugh at?!

  14. Jessica says:

    I would not eat elk or moose either. My husband wants to be a hunter and expects me to cook and eat these things. Not going to happen.

    I think 4 years being in a freezer will make anything disgusting.

  15. I am 100% with you on this! My Dad and Stepmom *sneak* elk and/or moose into dinner (not very sneaky, because the stuff SMELLS BAD and tastes worse) and every time I'm fooled or guilted into taking a bite I spit it discreetly into my napkin.
    Great post ~ thanks for making me smile! =)

  16. Shelley says:

    After a LONG day of crappiness, you made me laugh. Thank you, I needed it.

  17. Jennifer says:

    I too have had the joy of trying elk….I'm definitely with you on the horrible taste!

  18. laughwithusblog says:

    My dad was a hunter and my mom never liked wild game, especially deer. She hated eating Bambi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Oh, my goodness! I have a friend who married a hunter, and she "gamely" has adopted the lifestyle. I don't think I could do it! I already have vegetarian tendencies, that would throw me over the edge. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Brandi says:

    LOL! That is too funny! The hubs has tried to stock our freezer with venison… I just can't do it. In fact, when we go to his grandma's house, I eat before we go – they cook with it a lot and I'm always afraid they'll sneak it to me just so they can say 'see, it's not that bad!' ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Wandering On Purpose says:

    Came by from Encouragement is Contagious – oh my did I laugh with this. I think I may be grateful my husband doesn't hunt. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. That is just so funny. I have never had to try or smell either.

  23. Danielle says:

    Man, you crack me up!

    And, gross.


  24. Melanie says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!! I can SO relate! ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband is a big hunter, and he has brought home so many things that I really have tried to like…. but all I can think about is salad when trying to eat them! HA!!!

    So happy to 'meet' you! Found you from a recommendation on my "Encouragement is Contagious!" linky party on my blog. I would love for you to join us next week and link up. It's all about encouraging others ๐Ÿ™‚

    have a great day!

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