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February 20, 2011

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Hamish Thompson

Nick,
Best post in ages! I have never heard of this method for rabbit before. I have got a couple in the freezer and have been thinking what on earth to do with them. I've been getting tired of pie and the membrane shits me when I grill them. Problem solved. I've got some yabbies (freshwater crayfish) too, I might try a little potted "surf and turf".
Hamish
Australia

Genevieve Couture

I really enjoy reading your posts they are very inspiring. Over here we have an incline for organic gardening and wild foods and you are a wealth of knowledge and a true wild chef! I am always checking to see the next post and writing down all these bits in case the world goes to shit, then I'll know what to do. Lots of rabbits here, just have to get past the cuteness. Thanks! Cheers Genevieve

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skybluepinkish

The potted rabbit looks delicious. That was a great post and well worth reading to the end!

It is 8.30am and I am already feeling peckish (I have always had somewhat eclectic breakfast fare!). We don't have so many rabbits here although I can get them from the game dealer. One of my daughters when younger wandered past as I was skinning and gutting pheasants and rabbits and casually commented "Ugh empty pheasants" as she passed the skins in the box next to me!

You don't come up north and run courses at all do you (Durham or Sutherland?)
Gillie

The Curious Cat

Wonderful post Nick! I really enjoyed reading about it. I'm one of these people who would probably benefit from doing a rabbit hunting/cooking course so I can practise everything. I have been thinking about wild rabbit recently - I watched a film called 'Our Daily Bread' (have you seen it?) and it kind of stirred up all sorts of emotions within me making me feel that vegetarianism might be the only way forward (I don't have a problem with killing animals but I do have an issue with the methods and the disrespectfulness of the whole affair - though I realise such methods are probably a must for feeding the masses...but I do wonder...) but I love my meat and so rabbit and squirrel - if I could source them from the wild would, in part, help towards moving in the direction I might like to go with my eating habits etc.

Anyway I enjoyed this and it is interesting to see how you remove the pelt. It is not too disimiliar to taking the skin off a chicken or fish...sort of... xxx

zatarra

Hey nick long time reader of this blog, just a quick question in regards to the rabbits, that maybe you or someone else could answer for me.

how do you tell if a rabbit has Myxomatosis, any sure fire ways.

thanks love the blog

Nick Weston

Zatarra? as in Count of Monte Cristo? Nice! There are obvious ways of telling if a rabbit is suffering from myxomatosis, quite often they will have lesions or sore spots around the eyes and ears, they also suffer from acut conjunctivitis which renders them sightless. You can tell a myxi rabbit if you get near one- they act as if they have no fear and you can get very close to them, sadly its because they cannot see. Its a quick killer too can take about 2 weeks.


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Nick Weston


Curious Cat- thanks for the comment as ever (sorry I have been a bit lame at replying!). Not seen the film- will check it out, personally, I could not live without meat- live as a vegetarian would be incredibly dull- fishing and hunting would serve little purpose! Certainly sourcing as much wild meat as possible makes eating meat a relatively guilt free process- no food miles, free-range and you know exactly where its come from and how its been butchered. Although you might find that difficult in the city!


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Nick Weston


Gillie, Thanks for the comment- Rabbits are delicious, saw them at a local farmers market for 4.99 each today! Ridiculous! I dont (at present) do any foraging courses up north, although I did spend 3 wonderful years in the Toon learning Archaeology. If you get a group together (min 6-8) I can consider a little road trip!


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Nick Weston


Genevieve- Thanks for the comment- happy you enjoying the blog! If you are after any info in particular- do drop me an email, as for rabbits and their cutness, I am of the opinion that they taste better than they look and there is nothing quite like the comforting softness of rabbit skin underneath bare feet!

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Sprinzette @ Ginger and Almonds

Ok, slightly terrifying for a sofa foodie and meat-eater, but wow, such impressive stuff. Glad to have stumbled across your blog.

David Hobman

Mate love the rabbit bizzo . HUge fan of game meat . ex sluaghterer . small problem rabbits in AUS cost upwerds of 18 dollers a bunny dead. and farmers are all abit upity about letting people hunt there farms. sad i know. keep up the good work mate so as us Ozy's are up to date when the seldom come bye but allways looked for game carcus comes our way . Xx

cooking rabbit

My old man used to make this and i think this site is gona be the reason I beg him to do it all over again and tell me his recipe. Bring on the hunting season i say!

Tann

Simply fantastic!

I'm 31 and currently looking into buying a .22 and feasting on these lovely little critters!

1 problem...... having trouble finding them!

Based in Oldham so plent of fields just never se them

Jon

My dog just killed one in my backyard. I have been wanting to learn how to do this for awhile. I live in a neighborhood next to some woods in Louisville Kentucky. I have just been trying to find the time to do this sort of thing. Your post is perfect for this.

Tom Bergstrand

I really enjoyed all the good information. There are those that hunt rabbits with a slingshot (sometimes called a "flipper"). It's nice and quiet. Here in Arizona there is a season AND slingshots are considered weapons. I'm thinking that if the economy takes a big enough hit the rabbits and quail will become quite popular. Thanks again.

Marc

Your post is wonderful, your full of enthusiasm, your presentation is perfect, the illustration wonderful, and it is imaginative, full marks for you. I love this stuff, it is real. I use as much as I can in my work as a clinician getting people back to reality. I believe TV, computer games, commercial world of bling and celebrity is making our children and society ill, it is endemic and it starts from birth; I believe the panacea is this kind of life and learning, I am going to post your blog on face book. Marc

Diane Cooper

Great post!

I'm wondering if you could pot squirrel in the same way? We've got a huge amount in our woodland and are catching one a day in the trap. They are going in the freezer, but I love the idea of potting them instead. Can you think of any reason why not?

Again, great post, thanks.

Diane.

Nick Weston


THanks for the comment Diane, I am sure you could pot up squirrel the same way- in fact its probably the best way to make them go the furthest! Let me know how it goes...

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oatstao

Thank you for your clear instructions with nice pictures. I am good at the cooking side but have not hunted since I was a 12 year old boy. My cat keeps catching medium sized rabbits so I thought it is a shame for them to go to waste. Still warm, I took the one tonite and followed your instructions and the Rabbit is now in the oven for the Cat this week. She won't eat them fresh for some reason so maybe it was a hint all along-get that stove hot! Peace.

charlie tradwell

hi nick My boyfriend wants to do rabbit hunting, i want to surprise him and get him it as a treat like a one day course or something but can't seem to find anything like it, i was wondering if you did this?

Molly Clune

I'm looking to go long-term camping soon and decided to google up on how to prepare rabbit. This post is very handy. Thanks for the information!

Mildred Holcomb

Maintaining the blog for four years is never easy because mine is maintained as what you are doing. You have to continue it.

lesley

fab blog x x

have been eating rabbit all my life, but never thought to do it this way, cool, will have a go at this recipe for sure x

i know your all about the hunting and gathering, and fair play to you, but for those who can't get out hunting for whatever reason, could you use shop bought meats? chicken, lamb, pork or beef for example? x x

Ron

Your potted Rabbit looks fantastic Nick.Slow way to skin and gut them though!My wife[Pom]makes fantastic pies with em,but will be saving a couple to try a la Chimmichurri.Might try it with a bit of roo if the bunnie tastes o.k. Thanks for the great instructions.

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