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Old 10-05-2021, 05:35 PM
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My second attempt at cooking squirrel was a pleasant surprise. All five parts were enjoyed! I left the flanks attached to the back piece, which was quite nice. It's all worth the effort.
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Old 10-05-2021, 06:57 PM
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IMO, squirrel is the best wild game there is.
Well maybe a tie with rabbit and sage gravy.
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Old 10-05-2021, 07:18 PM
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Squirrel is good, but I think rabbit tastes better. I'm not a very good cook though, ever time I've tried cooking any wild game too quickly it turned out dry and tough. Maybe the lack of fat. Slow cooking definitely is better for me.
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Old 10-05-2021, 07:30 PM
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It doesn't get any better, killed Saturday morning soaked a couple day's fried this evening. Cat head biscuits home grown tomatoes.
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Take a squirrel and rub it with olive oil and Lawrys. Double wrap it in heavy foil. Bury it in some real slow coals from a fire. Around the 1.5 to 2 hour mark you should notice a very delectable aroma. Simple and good. I imagine you could do it in an oven at a low temp but I've never tried it.
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Old 10-05-2021, 07:43 PM
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When it comes to cooking squirrel, I'm a big proponent of parboiling. Squirrels can vary dramatically in tenderness dependent upon sex & age. Parboiling gets all the different pieces of squirrel to the same level of doneness so that you can pull off recipes without ending up with stringy mush or something akin to steel-belted radial tires.
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Old 10-05-2021, 08:23 PM
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When it comes to cooking squirrel, I'm a big proponent of parboiling. Squirrels can vary dramatically in tenderness dependent upon sex & age. Parboiling gets all the different pieces of squirrel to the same level of doneness so that you can pull off recipes without ending up with stringy mush or something akin to steel-belted radial tires.
Absolutely! Wife flours and fries them til brown and crispy then pressure cooks them for 15 minutes and then puts them back in the skillet of hot grease. Super tender and lots of crumbs!
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Old 10-05-2021, 08:32 PM
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Wild game that is good to eat...

Most all wld game is good to eat with the right preparations. I am NOT a good cook but do share with everyone that in my opinion, the very best of the wild game is Grouse. And you need not be expert in the kitchen to get it to taste terrific.
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Old 10-05-2021, 09:03 PM
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It doesn't get any better, killed Saturday morning soaked a couple day's fried this evening. Cat head biscuits home grown tomatoes.
I hate you.

Not really, that is a beautiful supper.
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It doesn't get any better, killed Saturday morning soaked a couple day's fried this evening. Cat head biscuits home grown tomatoes.
Man...That looks "lairipen good"!
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Squirrel is good, but I think rabbit tastes better. I'm not a very good cook though, ever time I've tried cooking any wild game too quickly it turned out dry and tough. Maybe the lack of fat. Slow cooking definitely is better for me.
Ditto but snowshoe hares/rabbits are the first choice here.
Gram always put the big skwerls in a pressure cooker.
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Most all wld game is good to eat with the right preparations. I am NOT a good cook but do share with everyone that in my opinion, the very best of the wild game is Grouse. And you need not be expert in the kitchen to get it to taste terrific.

Ruffed Grouse dusted with Ritz crumbs sautéed in butter is the wife's favorite, if you don't count freshly caught walleye. I spoiled her.
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Old 10-06-2021, 09:39 AM
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Take a squirrel and rub it with olive oil and Lawrys.
Are you cooking it or giving it a massage?
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Yes, a pressure cooker is the way to make squirrels tender.
Around 14 minutes under 15 pounds of steam will do it. I then immediately bleed off the steam.
You can then quick fry it or pull the meat and use it any way you like.
I pressure cook mine with some good seasoned salt on them. They taste great just like that.
You can pull the meat from the bones and add it to celery and mushroom soups to make a thick sauce. Spoon that over pasta or rice.
A pressure cooker gives you a lot of options.

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Old 10-06-2021, 01:52 PM
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I find it satisfying and simply basic to be involved start to finish with aquiring and eating a basic food. It's sort of pure maybe? The whole thing.
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Yes, a pressure cooker is the way to make squirrels tender.
Around 14 minutes under 15 pounds of steam will do it. I then immediately bleed off the steam.
You can then quick fry it or pull the meat and use it any way you like.
I pressure cook mine with some good seasoned salt on them. They taste great just like that.
You can pull the meat from the bones and add it to celery and mushroom soups to make a thick sauce. Spoon that over pasta or rice.
A pressure cooker gives you a lot of options.

luck!
Ditto on the pressure cooker squaks but make sure it is one of the old ones with the rocker cause the new ones haven't gotten it done for me. I do them 12 minutes but don't bleed the steam off at 15 lbs.
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