Ask the Marshall
- Written by Marshall Trimble
- Published June 26, 2010
How did the Mountain Men cook beaver tails?
While the main diet of the Mountain Man was meat, it usually wasn’t beaver. Still, roasted beaver tail was considered a delicacy. Not so the rest of the beaver; the cook threw the rest of the carcass to the animals.
Fried Beaver Tail
2 Beaver tails
1⁄4 t. Garlic Powder
1⁄2 c. Vinegar
1⁄4 c. Butter
1 T. Salt
1⁄4 c. Sherry or cooking wine
2 t. Soda
1 t. Dry mustard
1⁄4 c. Flour
1 t. Sugar
1⁄2 t. Salt
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
Strip the beaver tails, clean thoroughly in a solution of salt water. Let soak overnight in cold water to cover, adding a half cup vinegar and 1 tablespoon salt to water.
The next day, remove from the brine, wash, then cover with solution of 2 teaspoons soda to 2 quarts water. Bring to a boil,...
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