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Red Squirrell Recipes?

Passadumkeg Mar 11, 2008 10:32 AM

I know this sounds odd, but we are plagued with very destructive, red squirrels. Locally they are know as red tree rats. They destroy our garage, destroy our "squirrel-prof bird feeders, have eaten through wires in the attic and regularly trash our lakeside cabin. I have now Have-a-heart trapped 23 of them and transported them to parks and garden sections of box stores. Either nature deplores a vacuum or they just keep coming home to mama. I hunted and ate a lot of big meaty gray squirrels as a kid and loved the rich dark meat. Has anyone ever eaten scrawny little red squirrels? The hind legs look the size of a meaty chicken drumstick. Any ideas? Really!

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    Diane in Bexley Mar 12, 2008 08:49 AM

    Now that Mike Huckabee has nothing to do, perhaps you can email him to send you his favorite squirrel recipe. He gave a TV interview in Jan or February where he discussed frying squirrels in a corn popper.

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    1. re: Diane in Bexley
      Scargod Mar 12, 2008 10:42 AM

      Perhaps this will have to do, instead: http://bayoubill.com/archives/2001/81...
      There are skinning instructions and everything!
      Interesting site, BTW.

    2. Passadumkeg Mar 11, 2008 03:27 PM

      My wife made me own up, red tree rats are 1/2 the size of beautiful well-behaved gray squirrels.
      Poor little doves, a whole lot of killin' for a meal, but red tree rats - a diifferent matter!

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      1. re: Passadumkeg
        firecooked Mar 11, 2008 07:17 PM

        You clearly don't have dove nesting in the light fixtures by your front door!

        1. re: Passadumkeg
          Tee Mar 12, 2008 08:11 AM

          Actually, here in NC the limit (per day) is 12. A dozen breasts bacon wrapped and marinated in Italian dressing/red wine and grilled over charcoal makes a great appetizer for 4 people.
          Your concept "whole lot of killin' for a meal" can apply to other things - shrimp, oysters, sardines, ect. so I wouldn't feel overly guilty!

          1. re: Tee
            Passadumkeg Mar 12, 2008 10:19 AM

            But the dove is a symbol of peace! How does the line in the folk song go? "If I knew where the wild dove lived, I wouldn't tell the hunter, but I would tell you."
            But on the other hand they sure are tasty tidbits.
            But remember the thread is about gettin' rid of destructive red tree rats in a delish., constructive, creative manner.

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          SonyBob Mar 11, 2008 03:04 PM

          There's a ton of receipes for squirrel but the key is skinning them. There are two problems: 1. The skin is very, very difficult to peel from the flesh (unlike a rabbit} and, 2, you must skin the animal without any hair getting stuck to the flesh. It's next to impossible to remove. I seriously would advise you to get an "old timer" or perhaps a DNR ranger to show you how to clean them. If you don't, all's you'll end up with is a bunch of unusable meat. I'm serious.

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          1. re: SonyBob
            Passadumkeg Mar 11, 2008 09:34 PM

            No I string up the gutted squirilito from the cellar joists and use a razor blade and veeerrry carefully skin them, no problem skinning. I got a slick & fast method for deer too.

          2. danhole Mar 11, 2008 02:13 PM

            I have had squirrel splayed out and deep fat fried like chicken. Pretty good if you could get over the visual. Of course, it is no different from a spatchcocked chicken so . . .

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            1. re: danhole
              Scargod Mar 11, 2008 03:13 PM

              Hah! Looked on Chow's recipe area and NO squirel recipes! Imagine that!
              I think with all the references to "rat" it is not cool to eat them. Plus, they're so cute. (roll eyes) Then there's the fact that they can be a little challenging to shoot. I have a .177 cal. air rifle.
              I know I saw a stew recipe (somewhere) but I'm on a Mexican flavor binge. I just got a bunch of different chilis, epazote, etc. and I found a store with chipotles in adobo and chorizo..... so I wonder if there are ways to cook them "Latino style"?

              1. re: Scargod
                Passadumkeg Mar 11, 2008 09:31 PM

                Sii! Esse, cook them in a pozole recipe for 10 hrs.!

            2. Scargod Mar 11, 2008 11:52 AM

              I ate squirrel as a kid, but can't remember much about it. I know I have considered the same thing myself. I have trouble keeping peaches and apples on the trees and they destroy my bird feeders. I would assume (without Uncle Bob coming right out and saying it) that they are tough and must be braised a long time to be edible. I ate a dove the other day. I cooked it fast and it was quite the chewy breast!
              What's the flavor of squirrel like?
              When someone starts talking about "lots of onions" I think back to the time I did a French recipe for carp..... it still tasted awful. A terrible waste of perfectly good onions and red wine!

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              1. re: Scargod
                Passadumkeg Mar 11, 2008 01:48 PM

                Funny, in many ways like dove breast, very dark meat, very flavorful.

                1. re: Scargod
                  Uncle Bob Mar 11, 2008 02:22 PM

                  No! No! The young squirrel is very tender...Older can be a little tough.
                  Fried, but not over cooked is fine. I just like the biscuits and graaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavy!! Hahahahaha!

                  Next Dove Breast...Wrap in bacon...grill till just barely done.


                2. Uncle Bob Mar 11, 2008 11:21 AM

                  In my neck of the woods they are called Fox squirrels....The gray ones...Cat squirrels.
                  The fox squirrels normally being the larger of the two. If they are scrawny maybe there are too many for the food supply available. As for as cooking they are interchangable. Quickly browned, and s-l-o-w-l-y simmered in a brown gravy, lots of onions, peppers, etc...served over biscuits is Good Eats!


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                  1. re: Uncle Bob
                    Passadumkeg Mar 11, 2008 11:37 AM

                    No red squirrels are 1/4 the size of gray ones. I've also considered getting a mess of the hind legs in the freexer and doing a real slow BBQ. Stew is a regulat.

                    1. re: Passadumkeg
                      Uncle Bob Mar 11, 2008 12:35 PM

                      Then they ain't Southern Fox Squirrels...1/4 size of a gray cat squirrel would be a nice fat mouse........

                      1. re: Uncle Bob
                        grantem Nov 15, 2011 05:29 PM

                        where I am in upstate NY we have fox squirrels, grey squirrels and red squirrels, red squirrels are much smaller than grey squirrels, there maybe twice the size of a chipmunk. I would think they would be good to eat, I hunt and eat fox and grey squirrels, but have never bothered with the red squirrels because of there small size, however I would imagine they would taste simmilar to a grey or fox squirrel.

                  2. JungMann Mar 11, 2008 11:06 AM

                    If they're a little scrawny, perhaps you can fill up on a mess of them in Brunswick stew.

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