Eating squirrel

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  1. biscuit

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    Wasn't really too sure where exactly to post this so here it goes. I've only eaten squirrel once in my life and that was while I was in a school for the army, it was road kill and we boiled the devil out of it. With that being said my boys are having a fit about shooting some of our local tree rats that seem to be getting on our roof and eating them. My one son wants to to squirrel and dumplings, the other smoked squirrel. I'm all for it, but my only concern would be time of year vs any parasites, and diseases they may carry that would be harmful for the end user so to speak. We live in a heavily wooded area smack in the middle of the city, if you consider a 70K population big, so we are over run with the little critters. Thanks in advance.

    Brad
     
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    I was expecting pictures from the title.

    I've never eaten squirrel this time of the year since up here they are in for the winter but when taken the rest of the year I have always gone with the theory that if "it tastes like chicken........ cook it like chicken."
     
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    winter usually wipes out the sick squirrels,there good eat lot of them ground hogs is good too,eat some tree rats for me

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    Squirrels are delicious. Pretty much any way you can cook a rabbit you can cook a squirrel. Stew it. Quick pan fry it. About the only way I don't care for it is grilled but that's just because it's hard to cook through without overcooking it.

    Google is your friend for recipes.
     
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    I used to eat them quite a bit. We would do them in a crock pot with some veggies and they were really good.
     
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    Once you've had a hard frost or two, the warbles in the meat die and they are safe to eat.

    Par boil them first...then bread and fry them. Use the dripping for gravy. Prepare mashed potatoes. Bone Appa Teat!

    Hillbilly pro-tip: Don't throw the heads away. The brains are delicious; use a nut cracker.
     
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    Squirrel is one of my top favorite meats. It is absolutely delicious. The best way I like it is deep fried. Just batter it and fry like you would for a fish fry.
    Shot this fella about a month ago and fired him within a few hours. Corn starch, Tony Ciracharis, and a little IPA beer is all I used. About 5/6 min is all you need. I should have quartered it, but this worked out just fine.
    I have not tried it yet but put into the crock pot for a while until meat comes off bones. Fry in a pan, use grease to make gravy and bam, squirrel biscuits and gravy. I finally have my air rifle zeroed, so I'll be dropping some squirrel soon and trying new recipes.
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    Good recipe(s): Buttermilk Fried Squirrel with Southern Gravy | Realtree
    Squirrel Recipes
     
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    I like them fried as well. I only hunt them in the winter.
     
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    My father has killed 34 Grey Squirrels since late Sept. All go in the cast iron skillet. It takes several to make a meal.

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    This is the recipe we use.

    Quarter them and Brown them in a cast iron skillet. In a roasting pan (with a lid) or a crock pot, add chicken broth, a can of cream of mushroom and a can of cream of chicken and the browned squirrel (9). Slow cook for 4 hours. The meat should fall off the bones. Serve over mashed potatoes or noodles.
     
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    Eat them all the time and have hunted them year round. Salt / pepper dust with flour then fry fast till golden brown. (In bacon grease) Then take a pressure cooler and put in two cups of water and set the bottom above the water (I use a can with both ends cut out) and cook for 45 min. It will have the flavor of fried and fall off the bone tender.
     
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    Cut the meat off the bone, buy a pie crust if the old lady won't make one, dice veggies of your choice , make a rue and some chicken broth. Squirrel pot pie. That's my favorite, everything listed above sounds good too.


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    my 5 year old loves eating them. Every time he sees one in the yard he says look at that fat and juicy one. then he licks his lips cracks me up every time.
     
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    Best tasting animal in the woods.
     
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    All the recipes above. But try a brine first. Mmmmmmmmmm
     
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    Best tasting meat in the woods? Venison is better and that's the bottom line.
     
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    I had to google it to figure out what the heck "warbles" were.
    Always called them bot flys...but either way they are nasty
     
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    I grew up with it being a normal table fare. I was about thirty years old before I ever talked to anyone that hadn't had it or didn't know you could eat it. I was like whaaatttt?

    They're good, only issue here is that at the wrong time of year, ours eat a lot of hedge balls and it makes then taste like creosote.
     
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    LOL at such a claim of a bottom line.

    Nope!

    I have eaten it all. Venison is good but NOT the best by far.
     
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