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Old 07-29-2010, 09:28 AM   #1
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Our brethren in the UK imported some American gray squirrels a few years ago, and the little fellows are doing so well that they are threatening the local population of red squirrels. One method of dealing with squirrel overpopulation is to eat them, but many Brits are squeamish about this. Here in America, squirrel dinners are somewhat more traditional (I remember eating it fried like chicken when I was a child: it was very tasty). Have you eaten squirrel? Did you like it? Would you recommend it to our British dimmers?
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:31 AM   #2
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I think this is really only a southern thing in America. Noone I know of or have ever seen squirrel being eaten. Kind of an old wise tale (tail loll) I believe. I could be wrong though. I would never eat a squirrel.
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Squirrel as food used to be fairly common until probably around WWII in the States, and not just in the South. Annie Oakley, growing up in Ohio got to be such a great shot popping squirrels to feed her family (she would shoot their heads off so as to not waste the meat). I've know older folk who lived in the North who used to have squirrel on the dinner table during the Depression years.

Squirrel is plentiful, so much so a lot of states just have open season on them. Part of the problem tho is most of their habitat is polluted (esp around cities) that I wouldn't want to eat one for fear of toxic chemical poisoning.

I would love to try it sometime if I can get a few from a fairly pristine area.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:36 PM   #4
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The only time I've ever even heard of eating squirrels was on The Beverly Hillbillies. Or was that possum?? lol

I wish someone would come and hunt them on my property and free me of those annoying (but admittedly adorable) creatures.
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I totally thought this thread was going to be a joke.
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I've never eaten it, but in the words of my cousin Herb from Georgia, "Squirrel is good eatin'".
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Americans eat squirrels?!! We certainly don't eat them here in Canada... I wasn't aware that anyone in North America did, to be honest. I don't think I'd try it either...
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It makes me think of the movie The Cole Miner's Daughter. Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek) is telling someone how much she "loves shkwurl meat! Donchoo love shkwurl meat?" I love that movie
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Kind of an old wise tale (tail loll) I believe.
Old WIVES' tale, baby. Not wise.

My friend's grandfather, in Montana, ate squirrels. ANd, he'd trap stray cats and eat them too, apparently. Working class, and certainly 'lower' working class, though I may have just coined that term, people will and do eat things that others may not. It's a luxury to get to eat high on the hog.
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I've never eaten it, but in the words of my cousin Herb from Georgia, "Squirrel is good eatin'".
Yes it is. Brunswick stew was originally made from squirrel, not chicken.

Can I interject a brief story here? (Thanks, I knew you wouldn't mind. )

My grandparents lived on a farm in Tennessee; my uncle, aunt, and cousins lived in a small town nearby. They had a pet squirrel named 'Frisky', who they all dearly loved, but Frisky started biting and they turned him loose into the woods behind my grandparents house. Frisky was recognizable because the end of his tail was missing.

I visited my grandparents every summer and frequently went squirrel hunting in those woods. One morning, I return with several squirrels, including Frisky. Grandma was horrified, but promised to keep it a secret. I cleaned them and my grandma fried them up for lunch.

Everything would have been OK, EXCEPT one of my cousins stopped by for lunch and we had no choice but to let him eat Frisky.

My grandma, being the biggest gossip in East Tennessee, didn't keep her promise. I was in very deep shit with that branch for the family for years.

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Old WIVES' tale, baby. Not wise.

My friend's grandfather, in Montana, ate squirrels. ANd, he'd trap stray cats and eat them too, apparently. Working class, and certainly 'lower' working class, though I may have just coined that term, people will and do eat things that others may not. It's a luxury to get to eat high on the hog.
Oops thanks for the correction wise Jes

although old wise sounds better..lol

Anyways I guess if I were desperate enough I'd eat it..*shrugs*
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Ive never eaten squirrel But i grew up in the south and it is NOT uncommon.
Squirrel,possum and snake every once in awhile are eaten...
Funny how perception colors things as edible or not... I mean..WHY is a cow or pig better to eat than a squirrel or dog?People eat rabbit too... a rodent... Pigs are smarter than dogs I believe ? Pondering aloud here...
I am surprised that the English are feeling squeamish about squirrel meat... They eat BLOOD and every organ meat possible from cows and pigs...


But then I wont come near squirrel or frogs legs either..weird how our brains work.
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I've never had it but people do make stew with it here. Pennsylvania mountain food. The squirrels here are as big and fat as puppies and live on a healthy diet of acorns (at least on my property which has at least 30 oak trees.)

Living in the city, I could never imagine eating the scrawny city park squirrels that resembled rats with fancy tails rather than the bruisers here that are so chubby they wobble when they walk.
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Squirrel and Rabbit are interchangable, though you'll see more rabbit recipes than squirrel.
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I live in rural West Virginia. (Really the vast majority of the state is rural.) Eating squirrel is not uncommon around here. I haven't eaten it though. My dad likes to hunt them, but he gives them to elderly people he know that eat them. I'd try it, but Dad goes on about how gross they are. He doesn't even want them cooked in the house. He's only tasted squirrel like one time!

Oh, I can't think of any one I know that eats possum. There probably are a few, but I haven't heard about it. Bear, wild turkey, squirrel, and deer are the main things people hunt here. I think Thanksgiving break here is a little longer because it's also deer season. Also, deer is soooo yummy! It's the best meat ever!
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[QUOTE=truebebeblue;1524183People eat rabbit too... a rodent... Pigs are smarter than dogs I believe ?[/QUOTE]

At the risk of getting technical here... rabbits are not rodents. They have their own little order (Lagomorpha) in Class Mammalia, and according to the biologists who do protein sequencing to see who's related to whom, rabbits are more closely related to primates (i.e., us) than to rodents.

Pigs are smarter than dogs according to tests devised by humans. Of course, intelligence tests devised by humans are going to measure how closely an animal's thinking resembles that of human beings. Considering that pigs are emblematic of greed and dogs of loyalty, the results don't surprise me much.
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