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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

U.S. Sausage Company to Make Canned Walrus Meat in Russia

A sausage-maker from Anchorage, Alaska, will travel to Russia this week to help Native walrus hunters set up a cannery to preserve meat, Associated Press reported on Monday, Aug 15. Doug Drum, the owner of Indian Valley Meats, hopes to install a canning facility in Lorino, a coastal village in Chukotka, a northern region of the Russian Far East.

Lorino, which lies across the Bering Sea from Nome, Alaska, has an abundance of walrus but lacks refrigeration. Meat is stored in an ice cave dug into a hillside under the permafrost. Much of it ends up rotting, Drum said. The ice cave works during colder months but cannot keep the meat sufficiently frozen. “It kind of gets rancid,” he said.

The canning effort is sponsored in part by the Alaska-Chukotka Development Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a grant from U.S. Agency for International Development.

The canning line will enable the Native walrus hunters to process, preserve and distribute their catch around the region, said Andrew Crow, project director with the Alaska-Chukotka program at UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research.

The product will have a shelf life of about 10 years and is more practical than sausage, Drum said. Drum moved from Michigan to Alaska in the 1960s and has experience with Russian business ventures.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The product will have a shelf life of about 10 years and is more practical than sausage, Drum said."

Sausage is made from walrus!?!

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone have a recipe for walrus sausage?

9:22 PM  

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