Q:

How do you clean a squirrel?

A:

Cleaning a squirrel takes nine simple steps, and, when done correctly, results in quality meat to use in a variety of recipes. It involves skinning, gutting and washing the squirrel. Start by soaking the squirrel in water and removing the hair from the base of the tail. This makes it easier to make the next cut.

Using a small, sharp knife, cut through the base of the tail bone, making sure not to pull the tail off. Next, make a 1-inch cut from the base of the tail toward the head of the squirrel. Make another small cut in front of each hind leg, then brace your foot on the hind feet and pull up on the tail. Pull the entire hide toward the squirrel?s head until the front legs are exposed. Finally, cut the feet and head off using the bone-cutting notch of kitchen shears.

Skinning the squirrel before gutting it prevents hair from spreading over the carcass. To gut the squirrel, slice the squirrel?s underbelly open with the knife. Use your fingers to remove the entrails. Wash the squirrel well using clean, cold water. With practice, this process can be completed in less than 10 minutes per squirrel. Squirrel meat is a delicacy that some enjoy fried, or removed from the bone and cooked into a stew.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What are some squirrel adaptations?

    A:

    Squirrels are equipped with several key adaptations, including powerful hind legs, a heightened sense of smell, an excellent memory and a suite of vocalizations. Squirrels have physical adaptations, such as anatomy and body structure, and exceptional cognitive abilities to help them survive in specific habitats on short-term and long-term bases.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long does a squirrel live?

    A:

    The common eastern gray squirrel can live up to 12.5 years in the wild or 20 years in captivity. Other species have differing life spans; for instance, the southern flying squirrel lives for 5 to 6 years in the wild and up to 10 years in captivity.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the anatomy of a squirrel?

    A:

    Squirrels have relatively typical rodent anatomy as they have long tails, four limbs and large incisors. Aside from their large front teeth, adult squirrels have 20 other teeth that allow them to chew food. The teeth of squirrels grow constantly, and the squirrels' constant gnawing activities help to keep the teeth from growing too large. Squirrels have four toes on each front foot, while their back feet have five toes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a white squirrel?

    A:

    The white squirrel seen in the United States is an albino or white morph of the eastern gray squirrel. Albinism is caused by a mutation of the gene responsible for pigmentation, while the white morph is the product of the aberration of a different gene.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore