Eating Squirrel

#1
Having seen the broad palates (and depths) some Arrsers will stoop to to get a bit of red meat in their diets - fox FFS!, perhaps there are some who know the best way to eat squirrels. I'm lucky enough to still have red squirrels at home, so the greys get shot as soon as they are seen. I'm told that they are good eating: can anyone verify this, and if so, is there a "best" way to prepare them?
 
#3
Had it some years ago in a stew were the thickening agent was ground hazelnuts :) ,very rich and was good eating.
 
#4
dropshortjock said:
Having seen the broad palates (and depths) some Arrsers will stoop to to get a bit of red meat in their diets - fox FFS!, perhaps there are some who know the best way to eat squirrels. I'm lucky enough to still have red squirrels at home, so the greys get shot as soon as they are seen. I'm told that they are good eating: can anyone verify this, and if so, is there a "best" way to prepare them?
Squirral should be treated as Rabbit, so any recipe for rabbit is ok to substitue Squirrel meat.and its quit nice
 
#7
Squirrel is quite sweet if I recall (it's been a while) but a colleague used to shoot greys in his garden and make little pasties. I think he made a squirrel meat stew with chicken stock a tiny amount of herbs and roasted pine nuts, then stuffed into homemade short crust pastry pockets. They were lovely.
 
#8
Best eaten like rabbit really anything you put rabbit into can be substituted for squirrel. Skinning them is similar as well.
 
#9
Hescoheed said:
Squirrel is quite sweet if I recall (it's been a while) but a colleague used to shoot greys in his garden and make little pasties. I think he made a squirrel meat stew with chicken stock a tiny amount of herbs and roasted pine nuts, then stuffed into homemade short crust pastry pockets. They were lovely.
That one does sounds good, thanks.
 
#11
I have eaten squirrel. My advice is that while you can eat squirrel, on balance unless it is essential to survival...don't.

It doesn't taste like rabbit and it is not "sweet". It has a very grainy texture and is bitter - as one imagines a beast who lives on nuts and kernels (and songbird eggs/young) would taste. As the old advice goes boil in stock for thirteen hours, then pour away!
 
#12
I have eaten squirrel. My advice is that while you can eat squirrel, on balance unless it is essential to survival...don't.

It doesn't taste like rabbit and it is not "sweet". It has a very grainy texture and is bitter - as one imagines a beast who lives on nuts and kernels (and songbird eggs/young) would taste. As the old advice goes boil in stock for thirteen hours, then pour away!
 
#13
Each to their own I guess. The squirrel i tasted was very nice and was sweet, but then that might have been to do with the diet of that particular gritter and also possibly the way that the meat was cooked or prepared.
 
#14
There are some good American recipes, usually from places like Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama etc. I had some squirrels done with peaches and they were really good
Take care y'all
 
#15
They are very fatty and are best grilled in my opinion. They can be as fatty as a lamb chop and you wouldn't casserole that - it would be greasy.
Spatchcock them out and cook under a hot grill. The meat has the sweetness of lamb with a mild gaminess like rabbit. Crisps up like a lamb chop or bacon with the fat running through the meat.

Very tasty.
 
#17
Had squirrel and thought it was ok. As above cooked like rabbit but found it harder to skin. I am a firm believer in shooting them (greys) on sight!

Q.
 
#18
Hescoheed said:
I watched a programme on the telly a few years back about a butcher in the west country who specialised in dormice. They were expensive, but I found this:

http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=27622
I've never tried dormouse myself, but recall it was reported to be considered a delicacy among the 1980s yuppies. It seems that Edible Dormouse is, indeed, consdered to be a delicacy:

http://wapedia.mobi/en/Edible_dormouse

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/feb/17/cat-dormouse-italian-recipes
 
#19
bovvy said:
Hescoheed said:
I watched a programme on the telly a few years back about a butcher in the west country who specialised in dormice. They were expensive, but I found this:

http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=27622
I've never tried dormouse myself, but recall it was reported to be considered a delicacy among the 1980s yuppies. It seems that Edible Dormouse is, indeed, consdered to be a delicacy:

http://wapedia.mobi/en/Edible_dormouse

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/feb/17/cat-dormouse-italian-recipes
Big with the Romans! I have eaten guinea pig - which was surprisingly tasty. Bat was alright but I wouldn't be rushing with my messtins if I heard it was on the menu again!

Apparently squirrel eating in the southern states of the USA has created a medical problem, with a kind of "mad squirrel disease" becoming common. So whatever you do, get the spine and the brains out of your potential squirrel-snack. Unless you want to a)live dangerously or b)end up like cletus from the Simpsons! http://www.greysquirrel.net/brain.html

As for a SOS policy on squirrels, I am all for that. For several years I have had a family of bullfinch nesting at Cuddles Towers. Last summer mayhem struck, with the eggs destroyed and mum killed. I assumed it was rats, until on returning home one afternoon I found Squirry the squirrel investigating the nest, looking for his afters. As luck would have it, I had my trusty Lightning to hand and popped in a "Diablo" and made it dead.

Now here is an old wife's tale for you but which I have always found to be true. When you shoot a squirrel, pop the corpse on a wall or pole or branch. His mate or family members come to inspect the body, at which point you drop as many as you can! Bit like Michael Stone in Milltown I grant you...but very effective.
 

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