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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Squirrel Pie

In the Forest of Dean they have a squirrel problem. Apparently, vast numbers of squirrels are causing considerable damage to the forest. Consequently, they are promoting the consumption of squirrel pie as the solution to the problem. They have even gone as far as dubbing them "free range chicken of the trees". Competitions are also being held to see who can create the best squirrel burger.

I understand their concern for the well being of the countryside, but squirrels aren't the only culprits when it comes to damaging it. I wonder if the fine folk of Gloucestershire have any more solutions up their sleeves!

30 comments:

  1. I think squirrels are cute. I don't think I could eat one.

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  2. If there will be no home for nature, there will be no nature.

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  3. Grey squirrels are not native to this country, and neither are Pikeys! Maybe we should expel both unless they can prove their worth!

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  4. Does anybody have a good recipe?

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    1. I've googled it for you Ali. This is what I found -
      Tips for preparing grey squirrel

      Treat in similar way to wild hare or rabbit
      Source directly from a local butcher and ask for the fur to be removed
      Wash and pat dry, rub with sea salt, aromatic herbs and cracked black pepper and leave for 12-24 hours
      Rinse and pat dry
      Confit the carcass using either duck fat, olive oil or other animal fat at about 85C
      Remove the meat from the bone (it should simply fall away like pulled pork)
      Use to add to terrines or rillettes
      Make a pesto out of crushed hazelnuts and herbs and mix in with squirrel meat and cooked rice
      Season well and add to scrambled eggs / make into patties and pan fry (very quickly or they will go dry)

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    2. Do you have a recipe for pikey pie?

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    3. I might be tempted to try a squirrel burger. I'm not keen on pies.

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    4. Greggs should do a squirrel pie.

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  5. I've never seen a wild squirrel

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  6. I couldn't treat a squirrel the same way I treat my rabbit...


    where would the batteries go?

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    1. I've got one of those Alana. They don't last very long and break easily. Or perhaps I'm playing to hard!

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    2. Hi Lauren. I was looking at your pics the other day. I see you've not been active on G+ for a few months, not sure what you've been doing in that time but I wonder if your rabbit breaking is a coincidence? ;-) x

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  7. I've had worse things in my mouth

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  8. Why do the gypsies have to make such a mess?

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  9. UKIP will get rid of the immigrants

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  10. The local coucils should take legal action, but they don't because they fear being called racist.

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  11. I've eaten squirrel pie. It's ok I suppose. Nothing great.

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  12. Eat the funking gray squirrel it killed our native red. Also pikey is so racist they are sound and called travlers

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    1. Pikeys are not a race, so it can't be racist.

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