Just add wine, veg and spices. Getty
Environmental campaigners are urging Brits to eat squirrels, says Sophie Morris in the I newspaper, because ballooning populations are damaging local ecosystems. I ordered two “vacuum-packed critters”, priced at £4.95 each, which arrived “beautifully skinned, with deep purple flesh”. They’re a bit of a faff to prepare – “squirrels are small, therefore they have tiny bones” – but the meat “speaks for itself in terms of depth of flavour”. After dicing and cooking them with some wine, veg and spices, the resulting ragù was “meltingly soft”.
The travelling community were renowned for baking them in clay.
If I had typed my word for a traveller, I’d have been berated by forum management
Yeah…i taught traveller children.
Always had to be careful with the terminology
And you can use the tail to make a Davy Crockett hat, all the rage for us young fashionistas back in the 50’s
Didn’t they do that with hedgehogs ?
The idea was the spines got trapped in the hardened mud/clay so when you cracked it open it automatically de-spined it for you.
Eat squirrels! Never. They’re intelligent, sprightly little creatures though I know some people consider them vermin because of the danger they can do.
If that’s all environmentalists can come up with they need to think harder …
A good nights hunting (by humans) around the bins at the back of all the UK’s High Street takeaways should more than fill all the foodbanks with tasty rats…
I think you should change your user name Furryanimal
No rat/squirrel or hedgehog meat on my table.
Squirrel is solid but I would “buy” it when they’re literally everywhere but I would EAT a squirrel in THIS city lol or any city with a population above 1000 LOL
not this one though, our native red squibber in the UK
Cute as they are grey squirrels are essentially tree rats.
It’s never going to catch on , it might in some poncy over priced restaurants.
I’m up for giving it try
Well, I suspect it wouldn’t be much different to rabbit or guinea pig?
I’ve eaten plenty of rabbit and guinea pigs is supposed to be a delicacy
There’s a case for guinea pig farming on small holdings as an alternative meat source and income because they graze on grass like cows and don’t need food like grains that human beings could eat. But people in the U.K. would probably be too squeamish
Perhaps that could apply to squirrels too?
They are cute and fluffy so the idea is a bit off putting but I’d try it
Only if they are served with chips and ketchup
I suppose you could but apparently it’s best done in the slow cooker as a casserole but you can make burgers!
If you fancy trying it but not heading out to the park with a big net to catch your own, you can buy it here
It says there’s not much meat on them so you need one per person
Isn’t it a little weird that there’s currently a drive for dogs to have vegan food … and we’re been encouraged to eat squirrels.
They did it with most small on-the-hoof meat and it was done under the fire bed.
No shortage of toothpicks then after munching that lot.
That reminds me of a pub song of my early years.
Wasn’t there a beer company a while back that made a gimmick of serving their beer in a stuffed squirrel?
I know my son saw it once when he was working in Liverpool
Beer in a squirrel? Stuff that!!
I think they already had!
BrewDog … 55% alcohol apparently … strong stuff.