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#4527871 - 10/23/10 What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender?  
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i do a lot of squirrel hunting, and usually salt/pepper/flour/brown them good, then 30 minutes in a pressure cooker. they are great eating.

i like rice and gravy with squirrel, so how do you get those older squirrels tender (as in "falls off the bone"), and still have soemthing for gravy?

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#4527891 - 10/23/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: hotsoup]  
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I run mine over with the truck, saves on ammo too.

- marinate maybe


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#4527909 - 10/23/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: hotsoup]  
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Meat can be 'stewed' until its soft. Start with enough water to cover just the meat and simmer it til its tender. This may take hours.

When the meat gets soft then add the vegetables in the order that they need to cook. Carrots usually go in first.


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#4528359 - 10/24/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: Savage_99]  
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Braising is the traditional method to tenderize tough cuts. Works great with squirrel as well.

.....and then there is GRAVY laugh


Sam......

#4529618 - 10/24/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: Spotshooter]  
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Originally Posted by Spotshooter
I run mine over with the truck, saves on ammo too.



Yep.


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#4529624 - 10/24/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: Rancho_Loco]  
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Sounds like you never hunted for a meal.

#4530279 - 10/24/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: cutNshoot]  
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parboiling is the best thing to do with a old fox or gray rat

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parboil or butter milk marinate


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#4530320 - 10/24/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: Spotshooter]  
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meat tenderizing mallet.........


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#4530416 - 10/24/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: hotsoup]  
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Make BBQ sandwiches. Slow cook them in BBQ sauce until they are soft and cooked. Thats how my buddies mother always did ours and I ahve continued that tradition ever since. If it isn't broke don't fix it. As for the truck hunting guys, try it you might like it.

#4530771 - 10/24/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: chas1]  
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Dood them truck huntin' guys sucked you in....


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#4532826 - 10/25/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: eh76]  
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thanks for the advice men. i boiled a few last afternoon for 2 hours. then salt/pepper/flour/fried em'. they were excellent!

thanks again. good eating!

#4532948 - 10/25/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: hotsoup]  
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some say that there was once a time that a squirrel could take to a tree on the atlantic coast in Virginia, and never touch the ground again until touching down on the banks of the Mississippi river.

i don't know if that was true or not, but sounds like it could be.

as an aside, we always parboiled our squirrels, then battered and fried, and eat with biscuits, and maybe green beans or black-eyed peas. Good protein, cheap, and readily available.

once in a while, Grandma would serve them up as squirrels and dumplings, sans the chicken. grin


#4537988 - 10/26/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: cutNshoot]  
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Originally Posted by cutNshoot
Sounds like you never hunted for a meal.


Sounds like you don't know chit about me..


Originally Posted by captain seafire
I replace valve cover gaskets every 50K, if they don't need them sooner...
#4540327 - 10/27/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: hotsoup]  
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Hotsoup- I can relate, alot of those older Gray's can be like eating a tennis ball if they're fried. Here's a recipe I've used for a number of years for tasty and tender squirrel.


1. make certain the sucker is truly DEAD before putting it in your vest.

2. Once I've cleaned and cooled the meat,usually soak overnight in salt water. I brown it like I were going to fry, doesn't need to get golden brown. Then I place squirrel pieces in crockpot.
Crock pot will all ready contain as follows, 2-3 cans chicken broth. Sliced carrots, quartered new red potato's, large sweet yellow onions- Vidalia's if I can lay hands on them.
Add 1-2 bottles BBQ sauce. Then stand back and let cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. Had friends that've eaten fried LIMBRATS their whole lives state: NOW THAT'S HOW YOU COOK A SQUIRREL.
Also, this recipe has been known to CURE male pattern baldness, croup and benchrest flinching. A fact! MountainJam

#4540554 - 10/27/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: mountainjam]  
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Originally Posted by mountainjam

make certain the sucker is truly DEAD before putting it in your vest.



That's [bleep] funny!


Originally Posted by captain seafire
I replace valve cover gaskets every 50K, if they don't need them sooner...
#4541039 - 10/27/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: Rancho_Loco]  
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Originally Posted by Rancho_Loco
Originally Posted by mountainjam

make certain the sucker is truly DEAD before putting it in your vest.



That's [bleep] funny!


applies to pheasants as well.......


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#4542110 - 10/28/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: hotsoup]  
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What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender?


Put estrogen laced sunflower seeds in the bird feeder a couple of weeks before you shoot them off of it. grin

#4542111 - 10/28/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: eh76]  
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Originally Posted by elkhunter76
Originally Posted by Rancho_Loco
Originally Posted by mountainjam

make certain the sucker is truly DEAD before putting it in your vest.



That's [bleep] funny!


applies to pheasants as well.......

Yep - we hunted in that horrendous wind in South Dakota yesterday. Buddy knocked one down in a single row of trees, he took off running. His GSP found the bird, he put it in the back of his vest. Before I could tell him the head was still up, that rooster was back on the ground sprinting for his life, but he didn't stand a chance with GSPs and a Weimaraner within 10 yds...


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#4542171 - 10/28/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: Rancho_Loco]  
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U damn sure do not eat the rat after u run it over

#4546187 - 10/29/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: cutNshoot]  
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The yunger one I batter and fry. The older, bigger and tougher ones, I brown and stick in the crock pot with chicken broth, wine and vegies. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours and then thicken with brown gravy mix. I really like it when I have new potatos fresh out of the ground.
Bill

#4546766 - 10/29/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: Mannlicher]  
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Originally Posted by Mannlicher
Braising is the traditional method to tenderize tough cuts. Works great with squirrel as well.

.....and then there is GRAVY laugh


Sam is dead-on. Braising is always the best way to tenderize any tough cut of meat. You can also braise or grill partially and then finish off with a bake, grill or braise.


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#4550348 - 10/30/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: cutNshoot]  
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thanks again men. gonna try the bbq/crok pot recipe since i got another mess of squirrels this am.

#4552288 - 10/31/10 Re: What is the best way to make tough old squirrels tender? [Re: hotsoup]  
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Here's an idea. Shoot em last year.

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