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Does gamey mean it doesn't taste like cow?
I think lamb is much more "gamey" than deer meat
I've never understood what taste/texture experience "gamey" refers to.
Venison tends to be on the tough side, because unlike the beef that you buy in the supermarket, can be quite a bit older than 2 yrs old. (the average time it takes to get a steer to market weight on pasture).
The taste and quality of the meat is going to depend on what the animal is eating/fed. Deer/antelope/elk are foragers who's diet is well--- forage, unless they are dining in farmer's corn fields. Deer harvested in the west that are eating sagebrush and grass are going to taste different than deer from the woodlands that are eating alfalfa and acorns.
But for the most part are all leaner and more muscle mass than beef cattle. Even pastured beef is usually fed corn the 4-6 weeks before going to market, to fatten them up and sweeten the meat.
Your flavor comes from the fat, and if the deer is a buck, is going to full of hormones since they are harvested after the rut (breeding season).
Uncastrated males grow faster but testosterone imparts a 'gamey' flavor to the meat whether it's a deer or a domesticated cow. This is why (cow) bull meat is usually made into bologna or smoked meats, and as filler (mixed with other meat).
It's mildly striking that trolling the empathetic reader comes the day after appealing to the appearance of Christian virtue.
Nietzsche developed a deeper view of the dynamics of morality - they being forever the property of mind and not nature - in his theory of "master-slave mentality". An even more interesting development of this insight develops the self-purported lifestyle class, in a variation on politically-correct, neo-Puritanical, progressive virtue-signalling, into the cultural reactionary.
Further developing the same trajectory reveals that the animal is probably the most devalued and then harmed of "all God's creatures", its place in a constant state of arbitrary flux as this class of reactionaries declines developing its fragmented and largely habitual morality to a logical (and meaningful) conclusion.
Nietzsche defined master morality as the morality of the strong-willed. Nietzsche criticizes the view, which he identifies with contemporary British ideology, that good is everything that is helpful, and bad is everything that is harmful. He argues that this view has forgotten the origins of its values, and is based merely on a non-critical acceptance of habit: what is useful has always been defined as good, therefore usefulness is goodness as a value.
The essence of master morality is nobility. Other qualities that are often valued in master morality are open-mindedness, courage, truthfulness, trust, and an accurate sense of one's self-worth. Master morality begins in the 'noble man' with a spontaneous idea of the good, then the idea of bad develops as what is not good. "The noble type of man experiences itself as determining values; it does not need approval; it judges, 'what is harmful to me is harmful in itself'; it knows itself to be that which first accords honour to things; it is value-creating." In this sense, the master morality is the full recognition that oneself is the measure of all moral truths. Insofar as something is helpful to the strong-willed man, it is like what he values in himself; therefore, the strong-willed man values such things as good, because they aid him in a lifelong process of self-actualization through the will to power.
Don't take "master" and "slave" entirely literally, if at all. Master morality is a theory of the origin of virtue, in its case that virtue is borne of self and identity, not mind or abstract principle, and certainly not of the authentic Christian sense, where, as we'll find, the slave morality not only lies in mind and abstract principle, but too in empathy and classlessness.
By saying humility is voluntary, slave morality avoids admitting that their humility was in the beginning forced upon them by a master. Biblical principles of turning the other cheek, humility, charity, and pity are the result of universalizing the plight of the slave onto all humankind, and thus enslaving the masters as well. "The democratic movement is the heir to Christianity." — the political manifestation of slave morality because of its obsession with freedom and equality.
"...the Jews achieved that miracle of inversion of values thanks to which life on earth has for a couple millennia acquired a new and dangerous fascination--their prophets fused 'rich', 'godless', 'evil', 'violent', 'sensual' into one and were the first to coin the word 'world' as a term of infamy. It is this inversion of values (with which is involved the employment of the word for 'poor' as a synonym for 'holy' and 'friend') that the significance of the Jewish people resides: with them there begins the slave revolt in morals.
Ironically, since "slave morality" is rooted in the abstracts of empathy, liberty, democracy, and rights, it is it that fulfills both Christian virtue and the subsequent American founding. Furthering the irony, master morality, being inherently proud, selfish, and identity-based, is and has become reactionary to the principles of slave morality. That is, to Christianity.
Over time and through eras - some of them very spontaneous and brief - there have been many of these inversions of principle. Today the "liberal" left is a-liberal in the extreme, "conservative" rightists embrace statism, and among moralists, master morality has become an ersatz projection and tool not to define and embrace a principle, but to signal and define its class and self in order to react to more organic, authentic, and as it turns out, more Christian values such as empathy, the sanctity of life, and in fact, the original commanding godly rules, among them the instruction to not kill.
Somehow these rules have been corrupted into a lifestyle signal that wouldn't exist if not for the actual Christian ethics both sides of modern "Christian" culture have inverted to at least some degree. I doubt there's a more un-thought manifestation of it than the tribal lifestyling that portends to frontline religious traditionalism when it is actually taking the Lord's name in vain.
Whether Nietsche was, is, or should be a benchmark for morality is up for debate. It's not likely he purported to speak for virtually all human structure in the way dysfunctional, universal theory flowed from Marx, et al. Not debatable is whether empathy, humility, sanctity, humanity, and love are Christian, and further, whether their opposites could be somehow construed as Christian in what is clearly a temporary cultural affectation.
In the place where ostensible master-moralizing lifestyle signalers technically become slave moralists when they react to vegans while advertising humble godliness?
Quite the alpha pose, isn't it, Will?
If we weren't supposed to eat them, God wouldn't have made them out of meat?
Below freezing today in the Deep South. Duck Gumbo is on the menu for dinner. Hot cornbread, too.