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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-17-2013, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Cooking Squirrels???

I am off Friday and Saturday this week. Heading out to where I usually bowhunt to thin out some of the squirrels out there. The place is infested with them. I am certain I will get a limit.
How do you guys cook them??? I'd like to try them but don't really know how to prepare them. Any suggestions, relativley easy to make, are appreciated.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-17-2013, 09:06 AM
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Re: Cooking Squirrels???

A pressure cooker is the way to go. Skin and clean the squirrels, rinse them off, place them in the cooker with salt/seasoning. Once the pressure is up, let it cook for 15 minutes. Allow the pressure to go back down on its own (20 minutes?). You won't be able to lift them out whole as they will fall apart. The meat is dark and sweet. We like them this way.
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Re: Cooking Squirrels???

Simmer them until the meat falls from the bone, and make "dark meat" chicken salad. Or make a big pot of gumbo, and substitute squirrel for duck meat. Or make Brunswick stew.

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Re: Cooking Squirrels???

I usually cut mine into pieces, and then dip into egg, coat with seasoned flour, and then brown in a skillet. Then put the pieces into a baking dish with a little gravy and bake in the oven for 1 1/2 hour at 300>

After talking with an older gentlemen in an SGL parking lot a couple weeks ago, we might try something different. I'll brown them as before, but then they are going in the crockpot for a couple hours covered with peppers and onions. Sounds good.

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Re: Cooking Squirrels???

You can cook them like a roast. I just put the whole squirrell(after cleaning)into a roaster with potatoes, carrotts and one can of cream of mushroom and one can of cream of celery soup.
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Re: Cooking Squirrels???

Once squirrel or rabbits have been parboiled, you can pull it off the bones and use it in place of chicken or turkey.

My family particularly likes tacos. Simply debone a pound of meat, add a packet of taco seasoning, load tacos.

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Re: Cooking Squirrels???

If you have a copy of the PGC's cookbook (and if you don't, you should) there's a great recipe for squirrel chowder in it. We just made it during deer season with some squirrels my son had shot earlier and it was awesome. If you don't have it, let me know and I'll post the recipe when I get home tonight.
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Re: Cooking Squirrels???

I don't have that cookbook. I'd appreciate you posting it.

Thanks for all the replies guys. Some great ideas.
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No problem, kudu. I'll try to dig it out tonight. I loved it because it was quick, easy, and yummy. Plus, it must've brought me good luck - I shot an 8-point right after lunch!
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Re: Cooking Squirrels???

Congrats on the buck grousechaser.

Did you get it on the ANF?

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