I'm from south louisiana and me and my boys kill tons of squirrels and i love eating them. also rabbits too. Im BBQin 8 right now outside that i killed this morning and can't wait for them to get tendered up on the pit for a big lunch today. Just wondering if eating squirrels is compairable to like eating beef or chicken breast?
10-17-2005, 07:19 AM #1
Is squirrel meat a healthy choice of protein?
10-17-2005, 07:47 AM #2
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10-17-2005, 08:04 AM #4
yeah that's true about the money though. I'm a struggling college kid so squirrels and rabbits help out but killing deer is the best because a big 130lb deer is like a few hundred dollars worth of free beef almost. well the little grey squirels aren't that big but the red fox squirrels get pretty large. I'd say 4 fox squirrels equal about the same amount of meat as a rabbit. but i kill 8 (my limit) everytime because they got thousands of them feeding off of my deer feed by my deerstand in the swamp so i get a good bit of meat. plus they're fun as hell to hunt w/ a semiauto .22 w/ a scope and a banana clip of 50 rounds. A shotgun is just too easy.
ok i just deboned and defattened a big squirrel just to see and got 3 oz of meat so that's like 105cals, 3 gr fat, and 18 gram of protein according to nutrition facts on raw squirrel meat.
10-17-2005, 08:06 AM #5
10-17-2005, 09:53 AM #6
Apparently 3 oz of Squirell meat (cooked) has about 147 calories, 26.2 Grams of Protein, and 4 Grams of Fat, so their not a bad source of protein. However I can't imagine ever eating a squirell, they are rodents after all and after I saw Major Payne where he just chares that rat in the fire and bites into it, the thought of eating a rodent disgusts me.
10-17-2005, 10:13 AM #7
Ah, for those that aren't hunters the idea seems to strange. But they're the ones missing out, squirrels are tasty little buggers, and there are hundreds and hundreds of them all over the place so you don't have to feel bad about taking a few to eat. Hell, I'd feel better eating a squirrel I know lived an active and free life than a chicken stuck in a cramped wire cage until being killed.
But yes, they taste good (search for squirrel stew recipies, they taste particularly good cooked with apples) and are a healthy and pretty lean source of protein too. Some people eat ostrich or buffalo when they get tired of beef, others eat rodents. :-D
10-17-2005, 10:22 AM #8
Squirrel, wild rabbit, deer, and wild hog are really good meats. All of them are lean. Due to their leanness, you have to be careful not to over-cook them (drying the meat out).Train safe,
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10-17-2005, 10:31 AM #9
yes, i have to agree w/ the last 2 post. excellent points. i know some ppl don't wanna think about eating rodents and stuff but it's part of my culture. i was forced to go hunting ever since i was 3 years old. I own 9 guns and my dad has over 30. why not use them lol!!! also what about the wild hogs???? i know pork is pretty fattening but i do kill a wild bore or 2 every year and i've been giving the meat to friends. you think that the meat isn't too fattening since it's wild? i have no clue?
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10-17-2005, 10:52 AM #11
squirrles and rabbits are really lean and good sources of protein
they are so lean there is a danger in eating them (to an excess) because you can actually get "rabbit starvation" which is due to its leaness, some settlers died from it becaus all they ate was rabbit meat and it did not give htem enough fat ect... to live off of, i am not saying you are gonna get this, just sayin its really lean
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10-17-2005, 10:57 AM #13
Talking about frogs . I freaking love frog legs it's my favorite. Big giant bull frog legs. and the best part is there is no fat. no fat whatsoever. check the nutrition facts. 100% frog protein. plus froggin at night is fun as hell. plus you get to wrestle gators in the process.
is that true about the rabbits killing ppl. damn i didn't know the meat was that lean. i can see the point and i'm not worried cuz i get in plenty of fat. but that is amazing to think about.
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yeah true about frog leggs, problem with them is most of the time when you are ordering frog leggs they come smothered in some type of sauce, and yeah, here is some more info on rabbit starvation from sites (google search it also, but most the sites are just about the imporatance of fats)
"Rabbit Starvation" (a term coined by V. Stefansson to describe the phenomenon of excessive dietary protein) often occurred among explorers who would live for long periods of time on extremely low fat small game animals (i.e. rabbits). The condition was marked by nausea, vomiting, weight loss and fatigue
10-17-2005, 11:47 AM #16
Squirrels are cute, though. Kill the frogs, they're so ugly.
Ok, I know the animal world has their little balance of kill/be killed but seriously, squirrels are so adorable! And ferrets!
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10-17-2005, 11:56 AM #18
before i became a vegetarian, i used to eat alot of alligator meat. I had it shipped from florida; pretty tasty stuff too! Game meat is always better than farm meat cuz they feed off the wild and so their diet is healthier and more nutrient dense making them healthier to eat. Plus, they aren't treated with antibiotics and growth hormones and ****..............
10-17-2005, 11:57 AM #19
nice photo. oh by i think frogs are cool. they're not ugly you ever held a gaint bullfrog in your hand? it's great they're fun to play with. it just sucks having to cut off their heads to clean them and they squeak when you do it. while as for killing the squirrels it's usually far away w/ a gun so it's no big deal.
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10-17-2005, 12:20 PM #21Originally Posted by Jackbklyn01
I think if I had to kill my food I'd be a vegetarian. I was for a few years after living where I'd walk by meat markets and see the skinned animals hanging in the shops.
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Just check the USDA site...yes they have nutrient data for squirrel.
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if i ever had a squirrel smile at me when i was about to shoot it, i think i'd curl up into the fetal postition and cry awhile.
i gotta say gator meat is good, though.
i had some gator-kababs and they were awesome!
can't say i've ever had squirrel... though i don't think i would be opposed.
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I agree with you, a lean diet is not good.I was on a diet for a really long time and lost a lot of weight "muscle and fat to be honest" now I am over weight because I started eating any and everything. I am about to start a new way of dieting and that is eating protein, good fats, and carbs. If any one has any ideas about what to eat and when, please let me know
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Should be pretty lean, though, so fine as long as you eat up! Prob something like chicken per oz., I'd guess.Stop dwelling on what happens when we die
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