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reforger2002
02-18-2015, 11:52 AM
I understand there will be blubber and meat. What should I expect? Tough greasy steak? Delicacy?

Canít be any worse than balute can it?

bog
02-18-2015, 12:02 PM
I'm curious, definitely let us know, I've heard it's not good but I would have to try it given the chance

Mr. Anthony
02-18-2015, 12:57 PM
No idea, but I like eating weird animals. I imagine this is like any other; good if someone knows what they're doing to prepare it, crappy if they don't.

Greg Nichols
02-18-2015, 01:02 PM
I want to eat a bald eagle... Just so I can know what freedom tastes like before I die

Inner Light
02-18-2015, 01:12 PM
I want to eat a bald eagle... Just so I can know what freedom tastes like before I die

Epic.

LawDog
02-18-2015, 01:18 PM
Are you eating muktuk? If so, what you can expect is, in a word, disgusting. Having lived among the Alaskans now for eight years, I have developed no appreciation for their traditional foods. I do enjoy salmon now, but that has nothing to do with traditional preparation and everything to do with freshness. Growing up, I thought of salmon as chunks of pink goo in a can. I had no idea what real salmon tastes like. But whale meat, seal blubber, and "Eskimo ice cream" (animal fat with some berries thrown in) are things that I have no appreciation for. If you have the chance to try it, I say go for it. But if it is at a family-style setting, I would suggest taking a very small portion.

WinstonSmith
02-18-2015, 01:25 PM
I want to eat a bald eagle... Just so I can know what freedom tastes like before I die

They're not endangered any more. I've had a pair of them flying around my place recently:
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Jack Rumbaugh
02-18-2015, 01:55 PM
I want to eat a bald eagle... Just so I can know what freedom tastes like before I die

It's a lot like Spotted Owl.

Netpackrat
02-18-2015, 02:30 PM
They're not endangered any more. I've had a pair of them flying around my place recently:


Garbage vultures of the north.

Sammy
02-18-2015, 03:19 PM
Totally vultures with a pretty head.

Whale is disgusting. Not only will it taste terrible, it's going to stick to your teeth like glue so you can enjoy the flavor for an hour afterwards.

DogDoc
02-18-2015, 04:14 PM
You might note that although whales are available to every human that lives on a coastline, the only humans that eat them are the humans whose only alternative food sources are snowballs and polar bear poop.

Netpackrat
02-18-2015, 06:28 PM
Whale is disgusting. Not only will it taste terrible, it's going to stick to your teeth like glue so you can enjoy the flavor for an hour afterwards.

To say nothing of the smell.

bpatterson
02-18-2015, 06:46 PM
From what I've read, the Japanese know how to serve it well. I, too am very curious.

EDELWEISS
02-18-2015, 08:23 PM
From what I've read, the Japanese know how to serve it well. I, too am very curious.

My guess is theres whale and then theres whale, with different tastes and textures depending on the actual species, the cut of meat, and how its prepared. Im gonna say the Japanese liked enuf to F-with the Sea Shephards for years (or maybe thats was really why they were in the southern ocean and the whales were secondary). Then theres the Icelanders who seem to like it fresh and in a sort of jerky.

WOLF220
02-18-2015, 08:52 PM
I'm not into fat chicks....

WOLF220
02-18-2015, 08:54 PM
Oh never mind, sorry, just read the whole thread title....

The rifleman next door
02-18-2015, 08:58 PM
I ate a whale once in the Navy....had to get really really wasted first....but she had a pretty face.

GHERKIN05
02-18-2015, 08:59 PM
^^^^^^^^
Wolf220 for the win!

CaptBeach
02-18-2015, 09:28 PM
I ate a whale once in the Navy....had to get really really wasted first....but she had a pretty face.

Dude...not a whale...THAT was a WILDEBEEST...

ss58
02-18-2015, 09:37 PM
Spotted Owl with a little garlic and crushed red pepper…hmmmm good.

The rifleman next door
02-18-2015, 10:28 PM
Spotted Owl with a little garlic and crushed red pepper…hmmmm good.

served on an endangered Redwood platter with a side of abalone.

The rifleman next door
02-18-2015, 10:55 PM
I ate a whale once in the Navy....had to get really really wasted first....but she had a pretty face.

I guess you can say it was a female sperm whale.

reforger2002
02-19-2015, 03:46 AM
Oh never mind, sorry, just read the whole thread title....

I think wolf owes the group say 100 pushups ...

Greg Nichols
02-19-2015, 08:18 AM
I'm not into fat chicks....

Sometimes you have to lower your standards to raise your average

Rds
02-19-2015, 12:08 PM
If you go ugly early, you can return for more sooner.

The rifleman next door
02-19-2015, 12:35 PM
If you go ugly early, you can return for more sooner.

Hey now....what's a cash-broke, freshly-bankrupt, E-3 making $12.5K a year living in the enlisted barracks supposed to do on a Friday night in San Diego??? Whale watching....that's what. Besides, the fat chick in the group is the ONLY one thinking about what SHE can do for YOU while you're tossing down shots with your buddies deciding who's going to go with Shamu back to her holding tank.

Mind you, this was 18 years ago now, I hadn't found Christ, hadn't met my wife, my recruiter totally screwed me on my enlistment package, and I wasn't exactly in the mood to put effort into anything.

ReynCon
02-19-2015, 08:36 PM
So feedback time; what did you think? I had a chance years ago along with some seal oil and I couldn't get past the smell of either so they never went over my lips.

ss58
02-19-2015, 08:52 PM
I couldn't get past the smell of either so they never went over my lips.

Man, thats a softball……..

SKAK
02-20-2015, 12:06 AM
I had whale when I first moved to Japan in 05. Wasn't bad at all . Had a bit of a gamey flavor but tasted similar to beef.

reforger2002
02-20-2015, 08:09 AM
So feedback time; what did you think? I had a chance years ago along with some seal oil and I couldn't get past the smell of either so they never went over my lips.

tomorrow afternoon - If I'm not back by Monday you can start splitting up what little gear I have ....

Echo17
02-20-2015, 08:20 AM
For me it would depend on source. From the sounds of it, you are doing it right as a cultural experience.

I have no problem with an Eskimo or Norsemen doing what his ancestors have done since the last ice age and putting food on the table for the winter by hunting the wale for culture and sustenance.

I am personally disgusted by the Japanese slaughter of Dolphins and Whales in the name of "science" on an industrial scale for strictly profit.

I am an avid hunter, but the way in which they are industrially hunted has no honor or respect, there is no clean kill or appreciation for God's natural gifts to mankind.

Just my .02

Greg Nichols
02-20-2015, 09:56 AM
So feedback time; what did you think? I had a chance years ago along with some seal oil and I couldn't get past the smell of either so they never went over my lips.

Once you get past the smell you get er licked.

reforger2002
02-20-2015, 01:04 PM
Echo17

Guy who has it is from one of the Alaskan Tribes that are allowed to kill and eat a few whales each year. I guess what we're getting is stuff from close to the end of the tail - the 'good' stuff.

Mr. Anthony
02-20-2015, 01:06 PM
I guess what we're getting is stuff from close to the end of the tail - the 'good' stuff.


Whale anus FTW!

reforger2002
02-21-2015, 01:27 PM
Whale anus FTW!

ok hopefully not THAT far back ....

The rifleman next door
02-21-2015, 04:13 PM
Whale anus FTW!

trust me...on a "whale" it's all anus once you get past the midriff....

reforger2002
02-22-2015, 04:47 AM
Ok I ate it and survived. It was severed three ways I won;t even try to type out the names. We had frozen blubber and skin. It didn't take like much really. Just felt somewhat rich or something in the mouth. There there was thinly sliced, frozen meat. Dark red and pretty good actually there was a lot of fat marbled into it. I bet if it was cooked just short of med rare with some salt and pepper it would be pretty good.

The last bit was sort of whale founde - probably the way European whalers might have cooked a snack 'back in the day'. They had rendered a little of the blubber into oil and deep fried little chunks in the oil. Not bad a bit chewy because it was cooked through.

What gets me about the traditional ways of eating it was the coldness of it. I can't imagine spending all day on the ice trying to get a seal or some other outdoor activity then coming home to a frozen meal

It was interesting how little it took too feel full and maybe that was the point back then when food was fuel. I got to try some authentic pemmican - dried venison (no salt or spices) pouned into little bit mixed with rendered deer fat and handful of smashed rose hips thrown in. Better than starving but just a little ....