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    Animals You Didnít Know You Could Eat

    by CTD Rob

    If you find yourself in a survival situation and food is running low, you may surprise yourself by the things your brain tells you what animals it wants you to eat. Most of us who live in major metropolitan areas get the vast majority of our meats from mega marts and grocery stores in our area. For such large stores, the choices in meats are comparably few. Your choices are pretty much between poultry, pork, beef, and seafood. However, if Western civilization collapsed and we ran out of mega mart meat, what kinds of animals are good to consume in a pinch? The answers might surprise you!

    They are plentiful, not terribly bright, easy to hunt, and most of all they taste good. If you can hit a soda can at 50 feet with a .22 LR, you can hunt squirrel. Iíve eaten this particular animal on many occasions, usually pan-fried. If you are from a rural area, eating squirrel may not seem odd to you at all. Trust meóyour city folk friends probably think it is strange. My East Texas family regularly hunts squirrels, processes them, and tosses them in the freezer for a squirrel fry. They may be sort of cute, but trust me, even the most sensitive city dweller would eat one after missing a few meals.

    A major blog out of Kansas City recently posted about Raccoon and touted it as the other dark meat. A local trapper in their area sells out of his entire stock in minutes as hungry customers meet him at his roadside market. A full-sized raccoon sells for $3 to $7 eachónot per pound, and one of these furry creatures can feed five adults. Eating varmints is even in vogue these days, at least in Britain. The New York Times reported that Brits are eating a variety of varmints with enthusiasm. For the average person who probably doesn't spend much time thinking how a steer, pig, or chicken might meet their maker, raccoons may seem too cute to eatóthat is until you try one. Apparently they are excellent eating and the lack of hormones and additives make it a more natural meat selection. Iím not saying Iím going to stop buying my Walmart brand frozen bag of chicken breasts, but itís nice to know there are other options.

    For me, this one is both literally and figuratively hard to swallow. However, a fully cooked rat, as long as it isnít carrying any diseases transferable to humans, is perfectly edible. In some parts of Asia, rat is a staple of the human diet. When you think about it, a rat is similar to a squirrel, but less cute, so eating them should be easier, right? For most Westerners, the thought of throwing a few rats on the grill for dinner doesnít sound too appealing, but humans have been doing it for centuries. The French and Romans regularly ate rats in their diet. They have a bad wrap for spreading plague, but in reality, the fleas on rats spread the disease that wiped out a large chunk of Europe, not the rat itself. However, Iím thinking I would need an extra helping of gravy since the chances of it tasting like chicken are slim at best.

    I would have to be one hungry dude. I love my pet dog, and the thought of turning Fido into dinner makes me more than a little queasy. However, in Asia and the South Pacific, dogs are a source of protein that would otherwise be lacking. A dog is far larger than a rat, so it can feed more people. According to some who have tried it, it tastes very similar to beef. If you find yourself in a Korean restaurant and donít feel brave enough to try canine, make sure you donít order the Gaegogi. Otherwise, you may not be able to look at Fido with a straight face when you get home. Interestingly, a man named Xavier Mertz of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition forced himself to eat his sled dogís liver when supplies ran short. The liver was so rich in vitamin A, that it produced a dangerous condition call Hypervitaminosis A. Mertz died shortly after consuming the organ.

    A good horse would no doubt come in handy in a post apocalyptic situation. However, they may be worth more than four-legged transportation. Horse meat is more popular than you might think, and it is not just for dogs. Moreover, you may be surprised to know that it is very popular in many Western countries. France, for example, has special butchers who sell nothing but horse meat. The French word for a horse meat butcher is boucherie chevaline. In the top eight horse-eating nations in the world, humans consume over four million horses each year. I guess horses should take care not to break a leg when SHTF.

    If you are traveling through Asia, you might find street vendors selling cricket skewers or roasted giant water bugs. In the United States, most would consider eating bugs as an absolute last resort. The trick to eating any insect is to cook it. Even if a bug has harmful toxins or venom, a good boiling will usually negate the effect. Insects with hard shells like beetles can contain parasites, but if cooked are safe to eat. Even if you're in a survival situation, you should be able to get a fire going. This means you can boil, roast or smoke the insects you eat. Aside from making them safe to ingest, cooking them also improves the taste. Ants, for example, have a distinct vinegar taste until they're boiled. Another way to improve your dining experience is by removing the wings and legs from your meal. They don't contain much nutritional value anyway. You can also remove the headóprovided you donít throw up in the process.

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    Tallahassee Florida
    You missed BBQ'd kitty

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    Smells like squirrel, give it a whirl. Smells like cologne, leave it alone.

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    Oct 2010
    was SE Ok. Now SE Ohio
    BBQ coon is delicious. Rabbit or squirrel, very good. Possum, too stringy. Frog legs, excellent. Rats, forget it. Grubs, bite off the head, tastes so-so. Rattlesnake, very good.

    I was raised on a farm and have tried most anything. Except beef brains, blood pudding, rats, dogs, cats.
    It really is amazing what can be good to eat if you can wrap your head around it.

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  6. Who did not know these where/ could be food?

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    ground hog is good as well. a little greasy but still good. after being in the service in sea there isn't much on that list that i haven't at least tried. rats we used to shoot and give to the native citizens. dog is actually very good. never have eaten horse, i think europe (france) is big on that. we here in the usa have really been so urbanized that most people wouldn't know what to do w/food if it showed up on the hoof so to speak.
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    I'm just gonna steal the OP's preps
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    I would love to try some coon, rattlesnake, etc. I have tried alligator cooked as a steak, it was like a mixture of fish and chicken.
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    Have tried frog legs, other than gagging from knowing what they were, not bad. Alligator, rabbit and rattlesnake are actually quite good. Jelly fish and stingray not so much. In Costa Rica you can try "tree chicken" (iguana) in some restaurants on the coast, pretty good.

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    Got a bigger challenge for you. Give me list of animals i cant eat. Lol.
    To teach tolerance, you must first be Intolerant.

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