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bobbytwofour



Joined: 05 Mar 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 08 1:02 pm    Post subject: Squirrel freshness questions Reply with quote    

Hi Guys,

New to this forum but was pointed here and it looks great. After a long saga I managed to get hold of 24 squirrels and have had a friend of a friend butcher them. Apparently (i have not got them since butchering) they smell a fair bit. I think they were killed on saturday, I got them on sunday and they weren't gutted etc till tuesday - is the likely to be a problem at all?

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 28986
Location: York
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 08 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I gut squiggles ASAP, they seem to stink a bit even when a few hours dead.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 08 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think it probably is. Generally you want to gut things ASAP after death.

Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
Posts: 18396
Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 08 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I always think of squirrels as rats with fluffy tails and good PR...

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 08 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Bobby, and welcome to the forum.

Working on the basis that squirrels are "a bit like rabbits", and that I find rabbits that were not paunched immediately have an unpleasant taint to them, I think that they would be far too high for my tastes - regardless of the safety issues.

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 08 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would probably avoid them to be honest. It doesn't take much for me to be put off by even mildly smelly meat.

Ideally they should have been gutted within 30 mins..

bobbytwofour



Joined: 05 Mar 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 08 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers all. My kitchen currently smells pretty vile. Guests arrive soon. Will report back on friday if still alive.

KILLITnGRILLIT



Joined: 14 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 08 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You`ll be fine, they are, at this time of year, grain/cereal eaters as opposed to a month or so`s time when they will be at the buds & greenery. This means they are less likely to have blown digestive tracts like a bunny will have if left for 48hrs+

Get them cooked, casserole is best this time of year !





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Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: York
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 08 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Where do they get the grain?

KILLITnGRILLIT



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 08 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They squirrel it away...............

Seriously though they do bury it along with nuts/mast etc. and they also make a mess of feeders on shoots. The woodpigeon we were seeing today have switched to beech as it seems to be starting to sprout and will be sweet.

The last one I shot was making it`s way towards a feeder, which is ironic as it ended up feeding my ferrets.




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Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 08 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I thought it could maybe be a solution to the world's grain shortage, we raid the squirrels

A friendly squirrel provided all the trees we needed for the full farm hedgerow restoration when he forgot where he'd hidden his acorn stash It felt good

bobbytwofour



Joined: 05 Mar 2008
Posts: 4

PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 08 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, still here and still fine. They were ok, although not many of my guests agreed. Still got 14 in the freezer to go out! Think I'm gonna get some meat off nthe bone and maybe make little burgers or a curry. They were fine really, just not a lot of meat and a strong, unusual flavour.

Fee



Joined: 21 Mar 2005
Posts: 15771
Location: Surrey Heath
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 08 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeyyy, you made it

bobbytwofour



Joined: 05 Mar 2008
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 08 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

After my glowing testimony people may not be keen but if anyone is local and wants a few, let me know. If you've got anything to swap then great but if not I'm sure I can spare a few (and I'm doubly sure my girlfriend will be glad to get rid!)

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 08 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bobbytwofour wrote:
(and I'm doubly sure my girlfriend will be glad to get rid!)


Are we still talking squirrels?

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