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Is squirrel the perfect austerity dish?
BBC ^ | November 27, 2010 | Katie Connolly

Posted on 11/27/2010 7:04:06 AM PST by decimon

Grey squirrels are ubiquitous in North America - scurrying across our lawns and up our trees, burying nuts and taunting our tantalised dogs.

Bright-eyed and bushy tailed, squirrels are cute, furry and, apparently, very edible.

The notion of stewed squirrel may not tempt everybody's taste buds, but in an age of tightening belts and financial severity, the humble abundance of the squirrel is causing some to reconsider its epicurean virtue.

American hunter William Hovey Smith, a self-described outdoor enthusiast, loves a spot of squirrel stew, made of course from critters he hunts himself.

"It is certainly a very American dish. We've eaten it since colonial days. In fact sometimes, during hard times, a lot of people primarily subsisted from squirrel meat, just for want of anything better," Mr Smith says.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: austerity; dish; perfect; squirrel; squirrels
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1 posted on 11/27/2010 7:04:11 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Not sure .... we need to check in with the huckster for his opinion.....


2 posted on 11/27/2010 7:06:55 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: decimon

Deer are ubiquitous too, and tastier.


3 posted on 11/27/2010 7:07:08 AM PST by mrsmith
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To: decimon

Read “King Rat” by James Clavell (spelling?). The prisoners of war caught rats and sold the meat as a delicacy. Rats/squirrels. Small difference.


4 posted on 11/27/2010 7:09:46 AM PST by kdot
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To: decimon
yum!!!

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5 posted on 11/27/2010 7:10:11 AM PST by digger48
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To: decimon

Many years ago, I had a boyfriend whose arents were from North Carolina. We had ‘Shake and Bake’ squirrel legs many nights. They were yummy.


6 posted on 11/27/2010 7:10:19 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: mrsmith

We got a bear this year...even better than deer.


7 posted on 11/27/2010 7:10:48 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: decimon

More likely rabbit.


8 posted on 11/27/2010 7:11:24 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: decimon

I’d be well suited for the winter... I have a herd of squirrels in my back yard...


9 posted on 11/27/2010 7:12:24 AM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: decimon

With a father brought up on the family farm in the hills of southeast Kentucky squirrel pie (more of a cobbler, really) was a regular part of my childhood diet. Very tasty. And the practice of shooting the little critters out of tree tops with a .22 or a .410 shotgun definitely bred good marksmanship.


10 posted on 11/27/2010 7:13:01 AM PST by katana
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To: Kirkwood

mmmmmmmm... wabbit...


11 posted on 11/27/2010 7:13:22 AM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: mrsmith
Just who are these people who do the "squirrel stew" thing? What you do after dressing out the meat is take the pieces, slather them with milk, then roll them in cornmeal and fry them in an iron skillet.

There's nothing finer on this Earth.

12 posted on 11/27/2010 7:13:51 AM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: SueRae
My mother grew up in North Carolina, during the depression. I believe they ate quite a few things other than beef, pork, and chicken.

They could not afford to be too picky, and my grandmother was reputed to be a good cook. I am told, though, that she drew the line at 'possum. She would not cook one of those!

13 posted on 11/27/2010 7:15:55 AM PST by susannah59
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To: decimon
They have to marinate themselves with coffee first.


14 posted on 11/27/2010 7:16:44 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: decimon

Quite a few of the great marksmen of earlier generations were created by their father giving them a .22 rifle, a bullet, and telling them “if you want to eat meat tonight, hit the squirrel with your only shot”.


15 posted on 11/27/2010 7:16:53 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: decimon

16 posted on 11/27/2010 7:17:51 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Kirkwood

hey that reminds me of an conversion joke... “Q- what does a thousand really mean rabbits make? “A- one killerabbit” hehehe...


17 posted on 11/27/2010 7:17:59 AM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: digger48

I’ll have a glass of Thunderbird or Night Train Express with my vittles please.


18 posted on 11/27/2010 7:20:01 AM PST by Starboard
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To: decimon
Squirrel are classified as game, and game can be eaten without the bothersome labor of raising domestic animals that are usually set aside for household consuption.

Also, harvesting game is fun..

19 posted on 11/27/2010 7:20:16 AM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: muawiyah

Corn meal goes great with squirrel, much better than flour. Stews should have corn in them too.


20 posted on 11/27/2010 7:20:22 AM PST by mrsmith
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To: decimon

My husband grew up in Tennessee eating squirrel and dumplings, rabbit, venison and beaver. Actually, beaver can taste like a good roast.

We have lots of wild turkey here too...


21 posted on 11/27/2010 7:21:49 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: muawiyah
There's nothing finer on this Earth.

Amen!

22 posted on 11/27/2010 7:23:27 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: decimon

Soak my pecans in bourbon before putting them into the pie.

Threw the extras out onto the lawn.

Haven’t seen the squirrels in two days - I think they’re sleeping it off.


23 posted on 11/27/2010 7:24:03 AM PST by P.O.E. (Compact Theory)
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To: decimon

Your average squirrel only yields about 400 calories or so, but they sure do make a pot full of beans and rice taste pretty good...

Cornbread buttered with a little squirrel fat ain’t bad either...


24 posted on 11/27/2010 7:24:11 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: susannah59
I am told, though, that she drew the line at 'possum.

Very, very greasy....

25 posted on 11/27/2010 7:25:59 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: decimon

Eat my outside entertainment? ON NO!


26 posted on 11/27/2010 7:26:38 AM PST by Ditter
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To: dps.inspect
I’d be well suited for the winter... I have a herd of squirrels in my back yard...

I think I've got about 35 head of squirrel out there right now.

27 posted on 11/27/2010 7:26:44 AM PST by Walmartian
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To: dps.inspect
I have a herd of squirrels in my back yard...

Same here. They're thick this year and they keep bustin' hickory nuts on a tree next to my deck, leaving sharp shards everywhere on my deck. I was just telling my wife it was time to cull the herd......but can you believe it? She's from West Virginia and has never eaten squirrel. Go figure......

28 posted on 11/27/2010 7:28:51 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: decimon

I bet it’s healthier than the processed garbage we’re trained to eat.


29 posted on 11/27/2010 7:32:59 AM PST by Weird Tolkienish Figure
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To: decimon

Squirrels eat good... BUT.. theres this..
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/monkeypox/factsheet2.htm


30 posted on 11/27/2010 7:35:00 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: hosepipe
Squirrels eat good... BUT.. theres this..
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/monkeypox/factsheet2.htm

Smith, the hunter in the article, wears gloves to protect against disease. As with everything else, it helps to know what you're doing.

31 posted on 11/27/2010 7:49:28 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
Smith, the hunter in the article, wears gloves to protect against disease.

No squirrel tartar, either....

32 posted on 11/27/2010 7:59:24 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: decimon

I’ve got a couple dozen that live around my house. Can’t even shoot them with a bb gun though without violating the city ordinances.


33 posted on 11/27/2010 8:04:21 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: decimon

I was picturing the image of the squirrel with the huge testicles and all i could come up with was “appalachian mountain oysters.”

I am amused easily.


34 posted on 11/27/2010 8:04:34 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: decimon

Oven Fried Squirrel

One squirrel
4 eggs
Frying magic
Flour
Olive oil
Canola oil/ vegetable oil
Butter

Pat meat dry with paper towel to remove any moisture. Dip squirrel in egg. Combine Frying Magic with flour, dip egg-covered squirrel in mix. Cover bottom of skillet with olive oil and canola oil, add butter and brown meat well (about 20 min). Put squirrel in baking dish and pour contents of skillet over meat. Bake for one hour at 375 degrees.


35 posted on 11/27/2010 8:09:44 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: decimon

It takes a half dozen squirrel drummies to make a decent meal. Back in my poor ute I used to pop them out of the trees in the backyard, from the basement door with .22 CB caps. Then send the dog out to bring them in the house. This was in Fairfax, VA suburbs of DC. Neighbors had no clue.


36 posted on 11/27/2010 8:11:06 AM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: decimon

Squirrel pot pie

3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 squirrels, boiled and boned
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 T flour
1t salt
½ t pepper
½ t dried thyme

Topping:
2C buttermilk baking mix (like Bisquick or Jiffy)
1C milk

Heat oven to 400F. Combine all filling ingredients in a mixing bowl. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Spoon filling mixture into baking pan and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl combine topping ingredients. Spoon batter evenly over filling. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.


37 posted on 11/27/2010 8:11:16 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: RoadKingSE
This was in Fairfax, VA...

Between Belvoir and a hard place. ;-)

38 posted on 11/27/2010 8:16:43 AM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
Old and busted: Hoover Hog

New and hot: Barack Bacon

39 posted on 11/27/2010 8:20:00 AM PST by Pilsner
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To: decimon

Sounds good. Best I’ve ever done is fresh groundhog trapped in the backyard. Barbecued up really nice


40 posted on 11/27/2010 8:20:10 AM PST by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: decimon

41 posted on 11/27/2010 8:20:56 AM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: RoadKingSE
[ from the basement door with .22 CB caps. ]

Better a GAMO pellet gun.. makes less noise..

42 posted on 11/27/2010 8:21:09 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: decimon
Grey squirrels are ubiquitous in North America - scurrying across our lawns...

but the article is from the UK. I suspect it was written by MO, encouraging the little people to eat cake with their squirrel and home garden grown arugula when the prices skyrocket at the supermarket...


43 posted on 11/27/2010 8:22:32 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: decimon

YUM! — Tree Rat Stew.


44 posted on 11/27/2010 8:38:06 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Democrat Party is shovel ready)
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To: decimon

How much “food insecurity” do we have to see before someone gets the idea to take out all those stupid, pooping geese down by the pond at the park in town.


45 posted on 11/27/2010 8:38:57 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: decimon

You folks make me hungry. I’m going to have lunch.


46 posted on 11/27/2010 8:41:42 AM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: SumProVita

I have eaten smoked beaver tail and, except for a small center
bone, it was indistinguishable from Canadian bacon.


47 posted on 11/27/2010 8:44:19 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: sportutegrl
How much “food insecurity” do we have to see before someone gets the idea to take out all those stupid, pooping geese down by the pond at the park in town.

Every pond in every town. Between squirrel, deer and goose, there's animal protein all around us.

48 posted on 11/27/2010 8:45:18 AM PST by decimon
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To: Hiskid

Recipes for the hunter’s wife.


49 posted on 11/27/2010 8:47:09 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Bryanw92
Quite a few of the great marksmen of earlier generations were created by their father giving them a .22 rifle, a bullet, and telling them “if you want to eat meat tonight, hit the squirrel with your only shot”.

Even better incentive for good markmanship.

The Boers of South Africa used to do the same when hunting lion. But they didn't use .22s. Or there wouldn't have been very many Boers.

50 posted on 11/27/2010 8:53:01 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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