1) It holds up against marinades very well, which also help to retain some moisture when cooked. Marinade cubes overnight then cook on skewers, for example. Ditto steaks, probably.
2) It goes really well in curries and stews where the flavour of the spices/sauce overpowers weaker meats. Think recipes where you'd use beef or venison.
I like roo and I should probably eat more of it than I do and substitute it for beef sometimes. I think primarily in fluid-based slow-cooker meals where the leanness doesn't necessarily cause it to dry out as it's got fluids to keep it tender.
If it's very lean I would add some fat to it. Pork fat :)
I bet that would make a killer sausage.
Sheep meat is mutton. Makes a lovely curry.
Also, haha I love the phrase "kangabangers". Sounds like an outback criminal gang. "The kangabangers shot and killed two today."
Can confirm that this recipe is great.
Might even turn someone that thinks kangaroo meat is too gamey.
Honestly, I've never really liked it. Every few years I convince myself to give it another try, and each time I'll spend a week or two cooking it every other day in different ways and I'm yet to find something I like.
Maybe mince is the thing to try next.
I agree. The steak is bit gamey. The burger mince has enough herbs and ingredients to mask that taste. The sausages "kanga bangas" aren't too bad either. Obviously plenty of tomato sauce (not ketchup mate!) is a must.
Roo burgers are the easiest solution and can be found at any Aussie supermarket or butcher.
I hope one day to make it down there and try some kangaroo steak, or some braized slow cooked kangaroo. I bet it's very healthy red meat, unless its farm raised. What is the natural diet of kangaroo? Grasses? Leaves? I doubt it is grain.
As for cooking, no, terribly dangerous advice. Cook kangaroo well regardless of what butchers and cooking shows tell you.
Kangaroo has somewhere near 20x the bacterial levels of raw chicken. It's wild hunted meat that's been commercialised. Perfectly fine if you eat it soon after being killed, but no sold roo in Australia falls into that category.
There's plenty of ways to keep meat tender while cooking it well, pressure cooking does an amazing job.
Off to read that link! What an interesting animal, culinary wise.
Sometimes I've eaten kangaroo and enjoyed it, then tried to prepare exactly the same food again and it tasted like a horrible bloody mess. I am not an expert on cooking roo. I recommend feeding it to your children so that they think it's normal however it tastes, and leave it as a gift for the next generation.
If there really is an oversupply of roo, why do I have to hunt for it on the shelf? And why is it always in weird packages with gimmicky branding?
I live in a rural'ish area with a decent deer population  . Most residents see them as endearing, while a minority see them as pests. Go a bit farther out into more rural (but not boonies) areas where people do more serious (but still personal scale) agriculture on their properties, and the ag-pest attitude becomes much more prevalent.
Ask any winemaker and they'll call deer a pest.
Fwiw I'm in the "magical" camp (being neighbors with a deer rescuer will do that to you!) but understand the ag perspective.
 There's a family of deer that walk by my property every evening, and this morning I inadvertently startled a buck that was chilling out in front of the house -- they're very timid animals, which I guess is a big difference vs Kangaroos?
I know peers who get excited when we go for drives outside of the city limits, so they can see a Kangaroo. I get stressed out driving the car out of the city, because if you see a Kangaroo you're likely to run into it at a hundred k's an hour. They are a bit of a pest in the numbers they've expanded to.
I would eat a heap more of it, but its often ~ $16 a kilo when I can get chicken breast for $8
We switched our pets to kangaroo and feral goat, supplemented with some chicken necks and offal, with some veggie scraps for the dog. The price is not much different from processed pet food (~$4/kilo) but it's done amazing things for their health.
I love it in stir fries, an my oldest teenage son who is becoming a gym junky loves eating it because of its low fat content and high protein. I think the secret is getting the marinade right. We tend to douse it in a lot of mediterranean herbs and wine overnight so it has a similar taste to highly spiced lamb yiros meat when cooked up in a pan.
Interestingly, one of our cats eats nothing but raw kangaroo mince (aside from dry biscuits) and he has grown HUGE (as in huge frame, not fat). Talking to vets and other cat owners, apparently kangaroo meat can do that to a cat...
> This product cannot be shipped to the state of California due to current California state laws. Additionally, this product may not be available to purchase from Royal Canin directly if you are located in Nevada, parts of Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, or parts of Oregon because your order may be fulfilled from California
How does that work? Is it for worry about pests, or insecticide use? I thought the US Constitution prevents a state from banning products from another state.
I looked in the online California Code at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml but found no mention of "housecoat" or "house coat". I also found nothing relevant for "robe" or "robes". Could you point out the relevant law?
The section on frog jumping races is at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xh....
It appears to be in place to allow frog-jumping contests while preventing the frog-jumping contest from being used as a way to get other other laws related to the capture and use of frogs.
Quoting http://articles.latimes.com/2003/feb/06/local/me-frogs6 : "After a thorough legal review, the lawyers discovered a provision tucked into the California Fish and Game Code in 1957 that basically exempts "frogs to be used in frog-jumping contests" from general wildlife rules."
Mark Twain's story about Calaveras County may be the reason behind that law.
Yes, California’s ag quarantine/inspection laws are about pests (and the prohibited without certificate imports are part of those laws). California is unusual in enforcing its quarantine laws with border inspections, but not in having them.
> I thought the US Constitution prevents a state from banning products from another state.
State ag quarantine laws are common and have generally been held Constitutional absent federal action that overlaps with or expressly preempts them.
I have no idea, but this is at least the guidance. https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/factsheets/BringingFruitsVeggi...
That said, I'd like to be clear in not knocking all laws of this sort, for example laws about citrus are obviously informed by: https://californiacitrusthreat.org/
> I looked in the online California Code at https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml but found no mention of "housecoat" or "house coat". I also found nothing relevant for "robe" or "robes". Could you point out the relevant law?
I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that I could not find it. I've seen it printed in so many places that I started to believe it without seeing the exact wording of the law. In fact, the only code referencing 'woman' in the Vehicle Code is about ownership.
If I had to guess why we ban kangaroo meat, it's probably because too many people think they're "cute".
Most of their meat is not for the western taste buds. The steak part is on par with beef. But then it gets pretty gameie pretty quick.
Environmentalists have eaten kangaroos (often without eating any other meats) for years so this is not a new idea. It's in most supermarkets.
Camel is another pest that was sold commonly for a while, but seems to have stopped.
Horses and cats are other meats that should be added in.
I live in Australia. Kangaroo is very common and popular. It has been for farmers since the settler days andin my generation its made its way to the city. Fun fact there used ro be a breed of dog (never made official) for hunting kangaroos. Also many supermarkets have a camel option or 2.
And as far as I know the only endangered kangaroos are tree kangaroos. These are super rare and look like a cross between a possum and kangaroo. Others maybe someone can add?
I think the biggest issue is if they opened up hunting again would be to make sure people know the difference between a wallaby and a kangaroo.
Unfortunately this has led to kangaroos reaching plague proportions. They destroy farms, tear down fences and generally be a nuisance. You can barely drive through rural roads without breaking a sweat in case a kangaroo jumps in the way of your car.
The problem here is multi-fold.
The location issue:-
1. Due to Australia's sharp weather, areas could suddenly fall under drought which would result in a sharp decline in kangaroo numbers.
2. As a result of this, kangaroo culling is disincentivized in other areas even though there is an uptick rather than a decline.
The species issue:-
1. There were originally about eight distinct breeds or so of kangaroo, but things like hunting and drought has reduced the numbers of those species dramatically.
2. The outcome was to limit the amount of kangaroo culling so as to not affect other breeds.
3. As a result, overall numbers haven't declined - rather they have sharply risen - and certain breeds have "muscled out" the at-risk breeds.
Firearms laws in Australia:-
1. The Australian government banned most firearms after a massacre in 1996.
2. The Australian public has since come to find guns "dirty" and Australian lawmakers (coincidentally, those belonging to the same parties that outlawed hunting of kangaroos) do not want to promote firearms (even in a licensed, limited fashion)
3. Promoting the culling of these species would run counter to their political discourse for the last couple of decades.
Agreed on pest status of kangaroos. They are hugely destructive animals, worse than goats especially as the larger kangaroos can clear almost any fence, plus can do you some serious physical harm if they feel threatened.
There's arguably 4-6 species that come under the heading kangaroo. Then you've got the wallabies (anything not big enough to be considered a kangaroo), and the wallaroos (anything not either of the above). Then a few other categories (tree wallabies, say). I feel the taxonomy is unnecessarily confusing.
IIRC, the biggest problem with roos and droughts are that they can stall development of their young, and then re-start it once the drought breaks -- so as a group they're very quick to bounce back in numbers.
I think your take on firearms and Australians' attitude towards same comes across as a bit loaded.
Firearm laws weren't exactly USA-style levels of free-n-easy pre-1996. The same people that would go out shooting kangaroos pre-1996 are the same people that are able to legally obtain guns with relative ease today. Most of the law reform was around semi-automatic, self-loading and pump action style weapons. So, not terribly high-impact in terms of kangaroo culling by farmers.
I feel that the 'dirty' attitude you're referring to is shared by almost every non-USA society (or at least, non-USA western society), especially amongst those that are informed regarding USA style gun laws and consequences of same.
I'm even more dubious about the correlation of political party's attitudes towards firearms and kangaroo culling. I don't know how trustworthy this source  is, but it suggests the four main political parties in 2016 were not against the idea of commercial kangaroo culling. Two fringe groups were against it, but all other parties noted there had 'no official policy'. I don't know of any political discourse that would be in jeopardy by either the current administration, or the primary opposition group, by advocating kangaroo culling.
Switzerland, Czechia and all the Nordic countries disagree. ~Every house with an adult male Swiss citizen living there has a gun. Czechia recently added the right to bear arms to their constitution. All of the Nordic countries have large national gun clubs, I think the Norwegian one has over 10% of the population as members, to dissuade Soviet and now Russian aggression.
Not true. First of all it's voluntary to keep your gun after military service, and even if you do choose to keep your weapon it's illegal to have ammunition for that gun at home (with a couple of very small exceptions).
All of the Nordic countries have large national gun clubs
No they don't. They have local gun clubs for recreational target shooting and hunting practice, but I wouldn't call them particularly popular. I don't know anybody who shoots outside of hunting, which admittedly is relatively popular. And basically everybody still thinks that the US notion of people just carrying pistols around with them is batshit insane.
I think the Norwegian one has over 10% of the population as members, to dissuade Soviet and now Russian aggression.
What??? I grew up in Norway and lived almost 20 years there and never heard anyone claim anything even close to that.
I guess this is a bit of gallows humor because of the beloved children's show Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skippy_the_Bush_Kangaroo)
I've had crocodile quite a few times - not particularly tasty IMO - like a bland version of fishy chicken. Though the croc skin boot and handbag industry might get a little saturated...
Chinese demand for this kind of medicine or sexual stimulation is insatiable as we have seen with Ivory and Rino Horn. The animal may require protection at some point to avoid extinction.
With careful marketing and some convincing it could very well be a billion dollar industry.