I aquired a can of bear meat from Finland. I'm not sure what to expect of the contents of the can. Will the meat be pre-cooked?

I can find some ideas online for preperation of fresh bear meat, but grilling probably doesn't translate too well for canned meat. What are normal preparations for canned bear meat?

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    I've purchased canned reindeer and elk from Finland. Ideal for stews or to heat and pair with veggies. Some items I've had already had veggies in them, from the cooking process, I guess.
    – Cindy
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 15:18
  • @logophobe it doesn't answer the title or the second paragraph, so I didn't, but I suppose not many people will have general guidance on cooking bear.
    – Chris H
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 16:31
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    @ChrisH that not many people have general guidance cooking bear is exactly why I asked here :D - still good info on the canning though.
    – Martijn
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 16:40
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    A brief Reddit thread says "treat it like pork", which sounds reasonable. Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 17:14
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    Hopefully it won't end up tasting like pooh.
    – Richard
    Commented Mar 20, 2018 at 23:04

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Canned foods are by their very nature cooked once they're in the can. That's how they keep so well. It is possible to grill canned meat if you dry it first, and it may benefit from a little browning for best flavour (assuming this wasn't done before canning).

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