Fancy some Squirrel

Quite apart from being a hard word to say, Squirrel is making a comeback in the US…on the dinner table. Heather Smith is predicting the “re-squirreling of the American diet:”

It’s hard to imagine more sustainable local game — squirrels are abundant, far from endangered, and don’t even require refrigeration the way that big game does. The standard rule of thumb is that one squirrel = enough meat for one dinner for one person. The squirrel is road food — the kind of prey that fed cross-country hikers, in the days before MRE’s and freeze-dried lentils. Squirrel is like the drive-through cheeseburger of the forest — albeit a cheeseburger that needs to be gutted first. They’re are also delicious, mostly because they eat nuts.

I found out something fascinating about squirreling firearms too:

The Kentucky Long Rifle, with its long barrel and small caliber, was designed for squirrel hunting (the smaller the caliber, the more squirrel left to take home after shooting one.)

The ideal shot was aimed not at the squirrel, but at the tree branch directly below it, so that the animal would be killed by the concussion of the bullet instead of the bullet itself.Historians say that this is what won the Revolutionary war; even the most highly trained British soldiers were no match for squirrel killers trained by hunger.

I even managed to find a few squirrel recipes including one designed for those who were watching the SuperBowl on Monday and then there is this cool video about killing Squirrel and eating it:

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  • Agent BallSack

    Hopefully with rising food prices we will start seeing re-rabbiting on our dinner tables. Been a long while between rabbit stews for me!

    •  Yep couldn’t agree more – bit worried about the road kill allusion though – not keen on hedgehog or possum via that killing ground….

    • Paulus

      Yes please, as a child in Britain during and after the war, we loved a rabbit stew.
      Shortly after harvest the locals would round a field and rabbitt was on the menu for a long time.

  • dutyfree

    I am currently based in the USA and we have squirrels (rats with fluffy tails) outside our house.  Locals view them a bit like we do possums, but we actually feed our resident ones (two to three) and also have once chipmunk in the garden.

    • Feed ’em up nice and fat….pre-stuffing…yummm

  • Squirrels – Rats with good PR. What do they taste like? have some in the back garden. 

  • jay cee

    i’m a beaver man myself.