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Camping and squirrel cooking
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:25:07 PM »
Iím heading out for a few days camping this year. Iím thinking of bagging a few squirrels for lunch/dinner while Iím there. The thing is, Iím a bit of a rookie at camp cooking squirrels.

So, what basic seasonings and techniques do you recommend?  The stove is a basic Coleman propane single burner. Or I can cook over the fire. Either one works. I have a small pot and pan to cook with.

One more thing, Iím motorcycle camping, so space is at a premium.

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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 09:54:20 PM »
Been there and done that last fall and was a lot of fun.  I am no chef, but if you boil them in water for 10-15 they will be more tender after frying, or soak in a salt brine first.  We fried ours after battering with seasoned Zatarans.  You only need to save the hind quarter section cause there's not much meat on the rest. Have fun.


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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2018, 12:21:19 PM »
I didn't even think about using Zatarain's seasonings. I love their jambalaya. And it doesn't need any refrigeration, just add water and boil. Thanks!
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 12:35:08 PM »
My favorite is to cook the squirrel(s) in a gravy.  ---> https://www.gatewaytoairguns.org/GTA/index.php?topic=51238.0
At the end of that recipe, I said something about rice.  That would demand bringing along a second pot and extra cooking time.  So, bread could be substituted as something to soak up the gravy.
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 04:05:54 PM »
They sell packets of white peppered gravy. Just add water and stir. Boil the prepared squirrel, season and fry. Then add to gravy. I also like the canned whole or sliced white potatoes (sometimes referred to as Irish potatoes) seasoned and fried in butter or olive oil. Then pour your squirrel gravy over them. That's some good eating for breakfast, lunch or dinner..... or all the above.
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 04:08:12 PM »
We used to go dirt bike camping back in the day. We would wrap bacon in layers on a stick. cook over the fire, peel and eat the layers as they cook.
So many options for saving space. Pock and bean. Poke a hole in the top of the can and put the whole can in the coals until hot. Open with a can opener and enjoy.
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 04:46:08 PM »
Get some cans of cream of mushrooms, throw in some squirrel protein, and you're good to go in a half an hour. However, squirrel meat is really tough, so a good slow simmer, covered, for several hours will get it a lot more tender.
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 04:59:24 PM »
We do a little backpacking and somewhere I saw a little combination pot/pressure cooker while checking out the camping cookware.  Didn't look much bigger than a tea kettle, kinda' resembled one in a way.  I'm thinking it may have been on ALiExpress.  Sure would shorten the time to tenderize them.  My grandma finished hers after frying them by pressure cooking them with a little flour to make the gravy.  That and her biscuits were the best breakfasts I ever ate.  I'll try to find it and post the link. You made my mouth start watering.
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 01:34:16 PM »
We do a little backpacking and somewhere I saw a little combination pot/pressure cooker while checking out the camping cookware.  Didn't look much bigger than a tea kettle, kinda' resembled one in a way.  I'm thinking it may have been on ALiExpress.  Sure would shorten the time to tenderize them.  My grandma finished hers after frying them by pressure cooking them with a little flour to make the gravy.  That and her biscuits were the best breakfasts I ever ate.  I'll try to find it and post the link. You made my mouth start watering.

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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2018, 01:50:53 PM »
i put that up for another option Tony hope you don't mind.... i build my own back packer stoves and thought man this would be a great pot to cover most all cooking options ....
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 01:59:40 PM »
There's two big fox squirrels in this pot, In about 45 minutes I'll be pouring this over some boiled potatoes !

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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 05:22:46 PM »
that looks awesome Wayne thanks for sharing ......
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 09:12:50 PM »
Thanks!  Yeah, that one looks big enough, and probably lighter too.  I barely have energy at the end of the day to cook anything anymore.  Put something easy in the Jetboil like broccoli cheese soup mix, and I am in the hammock and out in ten minutes.  I'd rather sleep than eat.  Either of those would fit on a bike.

Wayne, If I was there and had two biscuits that gravy wouldn't make it 45 minutes!
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2018, 01:53:37 AM »
The squirrel stew is really tasty too, there's plenty left for later too, I had deboned the squirrels after boiling for about 45 minutes prior, then I put all the meat in the crock pot along with some country grave mix, 1 can of mushroom soup, can of celery soup, can of mushroom stems and seasoned for a great end result after about 7 hours in the crock pot.  Right now I've got a front quarter venison shank deboned that I've got soaking in brine for a delectable Sunday dinner tomorrow.
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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2018, 06:41:28 AM »
This is right up my alley. My friend and I went on a week long hunting trip with our air rifles with the plan on hunting all our food to eat. We took things to prepare it with if by chance we shot anything. We ended up living off red squirrels and chipmunks because the upper peninsula in Michigan not worthy and it seems no animals like to live up there. We cooked a lot of stew and ate a lot of wild mushrooms. Stew is the easiest to make. Take a bunch of canned vegetables you want, throw in a pot and slow cook for about 8 hours and the meat will fall right off the bone. We used potatoes,corn,artichoke hearts,carrots,onions,black beans,rigatoni noodles, garlic,wild mushrooms,chicken broth seasoning, bbq sauce, salt and pepper. I have a smaller can cooker that all the stuff for in so I wasnít taking up too much space in my pack.
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2018, 09:42:42 PM »
What I like to do is do a sorta slow smoke them on an open fire.

Build'ja a camp fire.  Hickory tastes best to me.  Skewer the meat with a green roasting stick.  Then slow cook it over the fire(rotisserie).  Say a good hour or two.  What happens I find is that the slow smoke cooking(some fire and heat of course) creates a nice "skin" effect on the meat and traps all kind of juices in.  You would think, "juicy? squirrel over open fire?", but I'm telling you bro!  I've done this with squirrel and rabbit on multiple occasions!  Best time was when me and a buddy were headed out to run bear and he ran over a cotton tail on the way to the hunt spot.  Nailed that rabbit right down the middle lol!  Front and back legs were still good and cold out it was.  So in the bed it went lol!  Only thing that could've made it better would have been a lil salt and pepper ttyt. 

Or throw wrap it up with foil.  Add some taters, carrots, and onions.  Salt n pepper.  Then throw on the coals.  Good stuffs right there too!
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There's two big fox squirrels in this pot, In about 45 minutes I'll be pouring this over some boiled potatoes !


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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2018, 05:15:41 PM »
You all are absolutely fantastic!

Thank you for all the good advice. I'm hungry now! And that picture of the stew...wow!

I'll let you all know how it goes
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Re: Camping and squirrel cooking
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2018, 05:03:01 PM »
Stuff em with cream cheese. Wrap em in bacon and pop em in a smoker.
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