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Old 07-20-2014, 09:24 PM   #11
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I've cooked a lot of squirrel. Don't hunt them like I used to, getting soft in my dotage, but I still get donations from the members of my family who still hunt.

Squirrel and rice - cooked just like you'd do chicken and rice, or cutting them in quarters and frying them is how we mostly did it back in the last century.

Now, I usually put the critters into the crock pot with some chopped onion and celery, cook them down all day, take the meat off the bone and use the remaining broth as a soup starter. Add chopped carrrots, potatoes, some baby green limas or field peas, maybe some corn and chicken broth, thyme, and plenty of black pepper to round it out. Makes a super fall/winter soup with some cornbread on the side,

My dad will use them in his Brunswick stew along with about a hundred other ingredients - it's the best I've ever had, but I don't really think the squirrels add that much to the finished product.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:17 AM   #12
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I am usually a very adventurous eater, but I will never knowingly try squirrel. My DH used to work with a guy who said they ate ground hog growing up. I won't knowingly eat that either. Now if someone prepares it and tells me it's something else, such as rabbit, I might taste it. I've eaten rabbit before, but someone else had cleaned it before it got into my hands.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:58 PM   #13
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I knew I was doing the right thing in ordering this book. Now that I know how to cook a bear I feel my culinary education is complete.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:12 PM   #14
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Do I see a bear skin rug in your future? Perhaps in the middle of the living room. The kitchen would be even better.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:32 PM   #15
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The 75 edition was the one I had when I was first married. Seemed to me, at the time, to have all the information I would ever need in the kitchen.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:24 PM   #16
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The 75 edition was the one I had when I was first married. Seemed to me, at the time, to have all the information I would ever need in the kitchen.
You would be surprised at how many professional chefs use the JOC as their go to Bible. You always hear them recommend it.
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The 75 edition was the one I had when I was first married. Seemed to me, at the time, to have all the information I would ever need in the kitchen.
I used to say that it was a cooking encyclopedia.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:09 PM   #19
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Do you have bears in England? Do you even have enough woods in England for them?
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Do you have bears in England? Do you even have enough woods in England for them?
No, Bears extinct in Britain for at least 1100 years and possibly longer. There are writings from the Roman Empire (eg Martial in 81AD) which state that bears from Scotland were preferred for the spectacles in the Collosseum in Rome, but they were definitely extinct
by the 10th century .

However, there are bears in zoos, to say nothing of Paddington, Winnie the Pooh, Rupert and the bears that will eat you if you tread on the gaps in the pavement(sidewalk).

It's always worth knowing what to do with one if you find it in the garden especially if polar bears really are moving south in search of food.

On a more serious side there are people who are keen on reintroducing wolves and wild boar to Britain so it can't be long before someone decides bears would be a good idea.
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