Eating Kangaroo

I like to eat kangaroo meat. For those that do not know, it tastes a litle like venison. It is apparently a very healthy meat.
I am from New Zealand , but my mother is Australian. While I was growing up, we used to come to Australia every year for a holiday. One year all I wanted to do when I was 5 was see a real kangaroo. After I saw them , I wanted to go home. I was a big fan of ‘Skippy’. It was a children’s TV show with a kangaroo. Kind of like "Lassie’, but with a kangaroo as the star.
I have no problem with eating Kangaroo. Just as I have no problem eating pork after seeing ‘Babe’, eating chicken after seeing ‘Chicken Run’, horse after seeing ‘Seabiscuit’, whale after seeing ‘Free Willy’. I am exaggerating a little. I have not seen ‘Seabiscuit’ or eaten ‘whale’. But I would be fine with those activities even if I would not be going especially out of my way to do them. But if I was given the chance, I would be fine with that.
Kangaroos, I think, are often seen as a threatened species (actually there are a number of species). In general they are not. If fact some species breed so well they are considered a pest and must be culled.
I think those culled Kangaroos should be used for meat or leather. In general they are just destroyed. Seems a waste. Probably some good reason why they cannot be used.
Kangaroo meat is actually fairly uncommon and sometimes expensive which makes little sense to me. As they are plentiful and need not be farmed.

Kangaroo hide is prized for the palms of motorcycle gloves. Supple, yet highly abrasion resistant.

After reading the Wiki article on Kangaroo meat, it seems like it would be possible to raise kangaroo for meat & hide harvest on ranches.

There are already alligator farms and emu ranches in the US. If the market will support the sale of enough kangaroo meat I’m sure someone will begin ranching soon enough.

I had kangaroo once. I didn’t care for it at all. In fact I thought it was terrible. Blech.

But I see no reason why the meat & skins shouldn’t be used by humans.

I’ve had it and didn’t think it was all that great. I thought it was a little dry. From what I understand, there are more kangaroos now than there ever were due to farming providing much more habitat than before European arrival. I think it’s common to drive around at night with your head lights on and just blast away when you see the reflections in the kangaroo eyeballs.

If the ecological damage is less than that of cows, I could see trying to farm them, but you’d need some damn tall fences.

Kangaroo meat is delicious. The only big problem with it is how do you tell the kids what they just ate?

Is there actually a debate here?

Moderator’s Note: Yeah, I’m not seeing a debate here either. Heck, I’m not even really seeing a poll. “I like to eat kangaroo meat” sounds more like “general discussion: from frivolous chatter to deep thoughts”, so I’m hopping this one over to MPSIMS.

I’ve eaten kangaroo; I don’t see why it would pose any more or less of a moral problem than any other grazing animal - I’m aware they’re marsupials and as such, not closely related to many of the other animals we commonly eat, but as long as they’re not endangered, are slaughtered humanely, and are fit for human consumption, I think they’re fair game.

I don’t think the same about whales, unless they can be sustainably and humanely culled .

IMO, the reason kangaroo isn’t more popular is that it’s quite a strongly-flavoured red meat, and isn’t really the most tender and succulent thing you can buy. - not to everybody’s taste.

Ostrich occupies a similar niche market, but is nicer than kangaroo, IMO.

I agree. I think it has very little flavour of its own. All I could taste was the sauce in which it was cooked.

I’ve eaten ostrich, it was Ok but I would rather have had a beef rump steak, lightly done in a pan with crushed black pepper.

Maybe Roo could do with a day in a pineapple juice marinade, it is a great natural tenderizer.

As for the skins, Roo Hide boots sound a proposition - ‘You won’t jump any higher in them, but they’ll give you one heck of a kick’ - Heck go for the big one, Roo Hide trainers.

I’ve had ostrich before now (burger, sausages). Nice meat, very strong taste. Wouldn’t mind trying out 'roo meat sometime. Actually, although I do like living, breathing horses, and wouldn’t want to start up a horse-meat for humans trade as such here, I wish I’d had a chance to head down to Hamilton a year or two ago where a restaurant was specialising in horse-meat dishes for a time. Just to see what it tasted like.

Kangaroo is nice, but requires careful cooking. You could stew the tail, but most cuts - and certainly the common ones - are exceptionally lean and can stand only very brief cooking. The meat also oxidizes very quickly, so you must take it out of its vacuum pack and cook it immediately.

The taste is like a very mild, lean, slightly gamey beef. A suggested recipe: take a piece of sirloin, season, paint with oil, cook over very high heat for two minutes on one side, one on the other. Rest the meat. Serve sliced with (warm) roast baby beetroots and roast garlic with some dressed leaves.

I’m wondering if there might be some sort of terrific variability in the meat; I found it to be very strongly flavoured. Ostrich was like well-flavoured beef, kangaroo tasted like concentrated blood.

I tried it once, but I think the meat must have been bad.

I was up and down all night.


Excuse me while I deal with my drool, here, hawthorne – that sounded delicious! :slight_smile: Next time I’m over there I’ll have to see about looking for some. 'Roo is still too exotic to be in my local supermarket.

The thing with Kangaroo meat is that 'Roos aren’t farmed in Australia- they’re culled.

Every Kangaroo Steak or sausage you’ve had is the end result of someone out in the bush with a rifle, shooting the kangaroo (head or heart shots only, so it’s quite difficult!), and then carting the dead animal back to the processing plant.

Dead Kangaroo is the most vile smell in the world, and one of the reasons I can’t eat kangaroo meat. It’s very lean and healthy, but the smell of kangaroo meat cooking makes me retch.

I have only started eating 'roo recently. I used to shoot them in the wild and they weren’t appealing (we used to shoot a rabbit to eat). I find that the meat has a taste that reminds me of liver (I assume it is the high iron content, somehow). I taught myself how to cook it and I have got raves from people who don’t know what it is in Asian style “Beef” salads. Minced kangaroo is great in any traditional mince recipe - spag bol, meat pies, chow mien. You just have to learn how to cope with the fact that it is basically fat free.

The Kangaroo Industry website has tons of information.

They gut it out first don’t they?

Yes, they do- I was just providing the edited highlights for the folks at home.