I love old cookbooks – especially the ones from church or community groups. These cookbooks have the real recipes in them from real cooks.
They also frequently have some very interesting entries!
I just picked up a 1969 community cookbook at a garage sale over the weekend that really intrigued me! It has an entire section of old-fashioned recipes.
This recipe was one I just had to share – as the economy continues to crumble – we may all need it!
(This is copied exactly as it came from the cook book)
First catch your beaver.
Then dress the same as any other animal. Cut your roast from any part of the animal you wish.
Make a strong brine and pour over the meat and let stand overnight. Then take enough cold water to cover and lay it in a kettle with a few whole peppers, 6 cloves, a piece of stick cinnamon, 6 allspice, a teaspoon of white mustard seed, if handy, all tied up together in a piece of cheesecloth.
Parboil half an hour.
Take up and put in a dripping pan with a pint of water and start it roasting in the oven. Then mix a teaspoon of mustard, a teaspoon of black pepper, a pinch of cayenne, with a tablespoon of flour and mix with water from dripping pan and use to baste with.
Either stick 2 or 3 garlics here and there in the roast, or chop an onion fine and mix with the dressing.
I’m not sure when you are supposed to know that the beaver is done – or just where the dressing is supposed to come from – but if the guys around here every bring a beaver home, I’ll try it out and let you know!