Am I a philistine if I turn whole Roe deer - haunches, backstraps, shoulders etc - into burgers and sausages? I happened to mention to a stalking acquaintance today that this is exactly what I had done on Wednesday to four Roe does culled last weekend and he was completely horrified that I'd not saved the prime cuts to be enjoyed as steaks and roasting joints. My response was that I like venison sausages and now I've got lots of them
My reasoning is that I shoot plenty of deer, had a surplus of does hanging in the chiller, don't particularly like Roe venison in any form other than minced (I find it has a strong liver taste regardless of hanging time) and think it makes excellent sausages. My sons also prefer, being fussy modern teenagers, meat in the form of sausages and burgers, so it means I can get them to eat my free venison in a form that is free of crappy additives but in a form that is acceptable to them. It also means that the mince I produce is made from the best quality meat, rather than the minced 'ears and arses' I suspect goes into commercial mince (or at least the 'lesser' cuts).
I'm probably a bit less free with Fallow and Sika but that's because I like the venison more from those species and tend to butcher them into steaks etc. I just find it odd that someone would regard wild venison as some kind of higher form of meat, worthy of greater reverence? Maybe I would feel differently if I were paying the kind of prices for venison that Nicola Fletcher charges I tend to regard it as an abundant free food source (ignoring the vast amount spent on guns, ammunition, optics, dogs, vehicles, fuel, clothing etc ) that I can do what I like with.
Philistine or not?