I bought a frozen rabbit recently at Buford Highway Farmer's Market here in Atlanta. Unfortunately the rabbit tasted a bit funny, it was almost metallic. I just did a regular braise in a Le Crueset pot, so I'm certain the chef or the pan wasn't the problem. I don't think it was rancid, but it may have been frozen for too long and developed an off flavor. It could also be that it was just a cheap rabbit and the quality wasn't up to my usual standards! ;-)
Does anyone have any suggestions on this? Is this a common thing? Can I soak it in something (maybe milk) to leech out any funky flavors? I love rabbit, and I love the cheap prices at this store but maybe I'll be forced to buy the more expensive Whole Foods rabbit.
I don't know what the rabbit market is like in Atlanta. I imagine that it is better than Boston.
Fresh is best. My advice is to go to a city market and hunt around until you find a cheap source for fresh rabbit. Buying rabbit fresh and whole allows you to get a sense of how old the beast might be and will guarantee against any freezer burn or mushy meat which I think is particularly nasty in rabbit.
re: Ernie Diamond
I'm thinking the demand here isn't great either, unfortunately. That's probably why it was frozen. We're southern, but most folks still eat beef, chicken, fish and pork like the rest of everyone. In fact it's been almost 2 weeks since Maw killed that squirrel ;-) Only teasing!
What you said makes perfect sense though. Fresh is always best no matter what the product is. I'll just have to drive a bit further to the next market when I want something a bit different. Thanks!