Eating Squirrels and Bugs--?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Lyddz, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Lyddz

    Lyddz Out Of The Brooder

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    I was recently over at my grandpa's house when he was starting a bonfire with a old book. I looked over at the title before he set it on fire, and it was something along the lines of "Squirrels: the hunting, the cooking and the eating." Now, my dad loves all animals (except the pre-dead animal he buys at the store to eat) so it's not like I'm going to grab a gun and cook one for dinner. Plus I'm a horrible shot and I don't think we even own a gun. But, does anyone have anything to say about hunting and eating squirrels?

    Another thing I've been looking at is etomophagy. I have family out in Africa or wherever, I have no idea, but when I was younger they sent us a video of them making and eating chocolate-covered crickets. Eight years later, I'm still jealous!! Anyone raise/buy crickets, grasshoppers, snails, mealworms or other bugs and eat them? Should I attempt or no? Even if I don't eat them, wouldn't they be good for my (future) chickens?
     
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  2. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out these squirrel recipes [​IMG] http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir.html

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    purposely ate a whole bug, although I thought my brother liked [​IMG] me 1 time when he gave me chocolates and seemed so anxious for me to enjoy them...yeh, they were chocolate covered bugs.
     
  3. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

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    Used to eat squirrel all the time.
    has to be cooked right or it's gamey and tough. Almost no fat.
    and NO, it does NOT taste like chicken. It tastes like squirrel.
    great in stews that simmer for a long time.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Seeing as how this is a poultry board and all I can tell you that many species of bugs are good to eat.

    I process mine through a hen first.

    They're delicious that way.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Squirrels slow cooked until tender- on the bugs I will pass-no interest. Squirrel is excellent. I especially like it in a sauerbraten type sauce or stew.
     
  6. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My DH and DS go hunting for squirrel all the time. I used to go hunting myself when I was a kid but after my father past it just wasn't any fun anymore for me. I still cook it however and eat it too. Just fixed squirrel with gravy over rice [​IMG] a few days ago, but I draw the line at bugs [​IMG] .
     
  7. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awww the HillBilly coming out --- My momma used to cook up a squirrel and make gravy on it - the boys in the hollar loved it .... I never par took in the fair myself ...
     
  8. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just checked out the recipe website and [​IMG] it made my mouth water.
     
  9. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We'd always bring a bunch home for my mom's freezer that were taken during turkey season...if we didn't, oh boy. [​IMG]
     
  10. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think almost all of us on BYC have a little "Hillbilly" in us. I mean if you have or had chicks inside your house you have to be a little bit Hillbilly.
     

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