In 2020, Alberta recognized its first sandhill crane hunting season. Hunters excitedly watched the sky for long legs and necks. Sandhill cranes have a reputation of being extremely good to eat, with the breast meat often compared to a good beef ribeye steak.
Although cranes look large, they average only 7-8 pounds as their long hollow bones don’t weigh much. Their long legs are powered by wide muscular thighs that shouldn’t be overlooked when cleaning your harvest. You can easily bone out the thighs for a variety of different dishes. Connective tissues in the thigh require a longer cooking process, like braising, or can be fast-tracked with a modern pressure cooker pot like in this recipe.