Show me how to prepare squirrel for eating?

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  1. sgtslwilson

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    I have no idea how to do this. Can someone show me how to prepare squirrel for eating after I shoot it? We have so many squirrels around here and I want to eat a few. Problem is I have no idea how to skin or fillet it as I have never done it before

    Pictures would be nice...remember, no experience.

    Also, any tips? Do I need to worry about parasites or anything like that?

    Thanks
     
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    The first one was a little confusing with the pictures. I got lost there a little bit. The second was was better but it didnt say anything about the guts.

    Plus, how many squirrels would it take to feed two people for a meal?


    So..immobilize the squirrel by stepping on the back feel with the squirrel face down.

    Make a cut between the anus and tail...through the bone onto the back for about an inch.

    Then make a cut in the middle of the squirrel horizontally and just pull the skin off...flip him over and then "de-pants" him?

    Is that about right? Is there any way I can screw this up and make myself sick?

    I appreciate the help.

    Lance
     
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    just pull the hair off the back and make a cut in the skin and pull in each direction and you should be able to pull all the skin off. then cut the head, tail, and feet off. oh and there are musk glands that you should remove on the neck, under front leg arm pits, on belly and hips areas, and directly behind rear leg knee joints.
     
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    Watch that video. That method works great. I use it all the time but it takes some practice.

    Afterwards, you lay the squirrel on his back, make a shallow incision on his belly, remove the guts, chop his head off, wash the meat, quater it, dip in flour and fry on a pan with olive oil. Add seasoning. Presto.

    You can also boil the squirrel.

    The taste is pretty good. A bit firmer than chicken but not quite cow meat.

    1 squirrel is probably not enough for a full meal. 1.5-2 is what I would recommend per serving with a nice sallad.
     
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    That is awesome. I'm going to try it this weekend if it's legal.

    What's all this about musk glands. Nobody mentioned that in the videos.

    Lance
     
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    I always remove the musk glads... not something I really want to eat. in my other post I descibed where they were. the only ones that are kinda hard to find are the ones in the rear legs. they're right behind the knee joints.
     
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    What kind of squirrels you hunting? I like to fry the gray squirrels, and stew the fox squirrels, as I have found them to be a little tougher.
     
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    I didn't even know that there are different kinds of squirrels. I live in Alabama so I don't know if that narrows it down.

    It's the kind you find in parks and such. Little bitty tree squirrels, if that helps.

    Lance
     
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    Fox squirrel

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    Go to WalMart and get the book "Dressing and Cooking Wild Game". It's back in the hunting section with the fish books. Great info on cleaning game and excellent recipes. It's around $15.
     
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    One very important thing I did not hear or see mentioned. Wet the squirrel down before skinning. Helps keep all the loose hairs from getting on the meat. They are a bugger to get off ifn you don't.
    LF
     
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    Hey sarge, I dont think its squirrel season here in alabama.
     
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    We have a squirrel season? Any info?
     
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    I think it starts October 1st. I'll check though.

    Yeah, they have always had seasons for squirrel and the bag limit is eight per person per day IIRC.
     
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    I don't know if you have these in you neck of the woods, we do. They are cool. Some days they outnumber the Grays.






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