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Fried Rabbit… Yum!Yum!

Submitted by on February 24, 2009 – 5:39 pm 11 Comments
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This is for all of you who wondered how the rabbit came out 🙂

Well, after soaking the rabbit overnight in salt water, he boiled it for about 20 min. Then he coated it with flour, like you do for fried chicken, and he fried it up! I watched in anticipation of his reaction as he took his first bite…

“Mmmm! Tastes just like chicken!”

He was truly shocked at how similar it was. He meant to make gravy from the drippings, but he overcooked it (afraid of under-cooking it), and there was no liquid left in the pan.

He tried his best to get us to taste it, with no takers. When he offered it to little Jada, and told her what it was, she had the obvious reaction, “Ewwww! Gross! Poor little rabbit!”

He even took it to work for lunch. He tried to get the other guys to try it… they teased him and called him Grizzly Adams.

I’m going to get some recipes for cooking rabbit from Jerry’s grandmother. She lived through the Great Depression, and ate rabbit all the time.

Anyone have a recipe for rabbit to share?? Looks like it may become a common meal in our home 🙂

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  • Margarita says:

    Rabbit meat’s become so hard to find at the grocery store, here in
    Alhambra Ca. where I live!
    I remember when it was in every grocery store, & mom would fry it up
    to golden deliciousness!! This was back in the 60’s & some 70’s.
    I think someone once told me they now carry it at Bristol Farms. I
    haven’t been there, as of yet. Thinking of obtaining a recipe book
    strictly for cooking Rabbit, one of these days. (The marvels of the
    Web!!)

    Margarita.

  • Sarah says:

    The results were based on the third litter of one of our does from birth to 7 weeks butchering size. We haven’t found a recipe we really like yet (the meat is chewy and very gamey) so we are going to be giving the rabbits to our dog or selling them. It’s cheaper than anything we have found for our dog because you can include the inards it’s like .60 cents a pound. Our dog has major health problems so were trying to go more natural in feeding her. We have been feeding her Orijon it’s like $2.50 a pound. So we don’t look at it as a total loss because it still will be saving us money just in a different way than we first thought.

    We’ve been sticking with feeding them the feed (occasionally will give them timothy hay) because they need more protein while pregnant and nursing. We haven’t done a ton of research but based on what we’ve read so far it doesn’t seem feasible to grow for five does, one buck and their litters. Those bunnies basically eat all night. The production we have going now can give us a rabbit every day of the year. The fertilizer has been great for the garden though. My Fil told us we had the tallest corn he has ever seen in the south and I’m guessing it’s because of the rabbit manure.

    I’ll have to look more into growing our own food for the rabbits.

  • Sarah says:

    I can’t find the original post where I first commented that if anyone was interested in knowing how much it costs to raise rabbits. So hopefully here will do.

    I have the results. Not counting what it cost to house the rabbits it comes to be $16.00 for 100 lbs of feed to get 10 lbs of rabbit meat
    ($1.60 per pound). That is if you can find feed for that cheap.

    • That’s interesting. Thanks so much for sharing! Hmmm…. it doesn’t seem like it would be a money saving venture. If you could find a way to feed the rabbits without buying so much feed, maybe it would be worth it. So, is this raising them from babies to butchering size? Or did you get the rabbits already grown and fattened them up? I’m wondering how long you had to feed them before putting them in your freezer.

  • Keren says:

    In addition to eating a lot of venison growing up, we occasionally ate rabbit and squirrel. (Squirrel meat is pretty greasy, and depending where you live you do have to get them before the last frost, or they’ll have parasites. I don’t know what it’s like in your area.)

    I like rabbit, and I think we ate it in soups or just cooked like chicken (but not usually fried). Not sure that I have any recipes, but you can really just cook it like you would chicken.

    A lot of people think game meat has a strange taste, and will soak it in vinegar or salt, but I prefer the taste that it has without soaking it in salt–you may want to try it without a soak sometime. It will be a bit more messy in prep, but tastes great!

    Many people raise rabbits for eating! 🙂

  • Amber says:

    The previous story made me laugh so hard. It sounds like a conversation that would happen in our household. 🙂 Your comment about a hairy rabbit in your pot is the first thing that popped in my mind too! I’m glad the rabbit turned out well… I had it once when I was in France. It was rabbit with prunes and olive tapenade and was the most wonderful meal I’ve ever had!

  • Dana says:

    I have had all sorts of wild animals growing up, my family is a family of hunters, my grandpa even raised rabbits for meat for a while.

  • calina says:

    What a great way to get organic food for cheap! LOL!

  • sandra says:

    my husband and son are both hunters and we eat ALOT of deer meat, we dont do anything special to it, we just cook it like we would beef. It cuts down on my grocery bill alot. Last year was our first year eatting wild turkeys, my son got 2 or 3 of them, they were great!! however, Im a big animal lover and rabbit is where I draw the line, no robbits to eat in my kitchen! (theyre too cute and innocent looking)

  • Polly says:

    When we visited my husband’s family in Lithuania, they served us rabbit. The first time was much like you described, but it was boned and they must have soaked it well because it had no gamey taste at all. The next time was ground rabbit, MUCH better, Cousin’s wife ground the rabbit, seasoned with salt, coated it with flour and pan fried it. Wow was it good.

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