The Way We Cooked: Vintage Gourmet
Q. Do you know of a way to prepare wild beaver?
A. First trap your beaver. Then…
Disjoint an 8- to 10-pound beaver and remove all the surface fat. Cover the meat with a solution of 1 quart water and 1 tablespoon baking soda and parboil it for 10 minutes. Drain the meat, cover it with strips of bacon and onion rings, and roast it in a moderate oven (350° F.) until it is well done. Season the roast with salt and pepper to taste.
This exclusive recipe is pulled directly from Gourmet’s archive. It has not been re-tested by our food editors since it was published in the magazine, but it’s a pretty good indication of the kinds of things we once cooked—and ate—with great pleasure.