Getting Squirrelly

A friend of mine has recently been having a really tough time with some invasive gray tree squirrels, and in digging through some recipes to give him to make the best use of his war on his neighborly pest, I decided to just compile them all here for anyone else suffering the same fate.

One of our local California ground squirrels, cheeping an alarm call.

Before harvesting your own squirrels, note that there are multiple stories of them being rescued and making decent pets, though the same case can be made for chickens, fish, and even rats. Additionally, look into your particular locality to ensure that squirrels are safe for human consumption where you live; for my friend on the east coast, the answer is yes. But for me in San Diego county, the answer is most definitely no.

Now that you're still with me, check out the many reasons you should consider eating squirrel. If you have area where you can safely discharge a shotgun or a .22 and you have the right to do so, get out there and count on harvesting two per person. If you can't use a shotgun or rifle because of proximity to other houses, consider a pellet gun. Then start cooking! See how to skin your squirrels here.

Here is a recipe for Braised Squirrel Aurora from hunter | angler | gardener | cook. Doesn't it look divine?

photo by Holly A. Heyser

And here is a delicious-sounding recipe for Squirrel Brunswick Stew with Acorns. Photo and recipe courtesy of Georgia Pelligrini:

Here's a video of a deer-hunt-turned-squirrel-hunt, and the resulting very tasty-looking stew: Crockpot Squirrel Stew.

Finally, I'll end with another Pelligrini recipe on AmericanHunter for Buttermilk Fried Squirrel. Give me this on a bed of mashed potatoes any day!

I love watching videos to learn how to cook something, especially when it's an animal I haven't cooked before. Enjoy the squirrel and Happy Hunting :)


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