Are you still bothered on how to freeze squirrel? Freezing a squirrel after killing, cooking or frying is probably the easiest thing to do but there are processes to go through before you will decide to freeze it.
You can’t kill a squirrel and decide to store it in a refrigerator instantly.
Safe way to kill a squirrel
First, remove the pelt. The hide is like a shirt or pair of pants and is very strong. When cutting it off, cut it close to the head and feet to make the process smoother. Next, gut the animal, cutting it down the center with a knife. Make sure not to cut too deeply or you risk puncturing its gut. If you want to cook the meat, follow the same instructions as with de-freezing a mouse.
Safe ways to store squirrel meat
Once you’ve killed a squirrel, there are several safe ways to store it. Using gallon-size plastic bags with ice is an easy way to transport the meat and keep it fresh. The meat is dark and mildly flavored, so you can use it as a substitute for chicken.
However, there are a few things you should keep in mind before preparing squirrel meat for storage. Here are some tips.
First, you should thoroughly cook the meat. Squirrel meat is tougher than beef and chicken, so cooking it thoroughly is best. By cooking it thoroughly, parasites will not be present. The meat will be safe once it has been cooked, and any remaining parasites will be killed when the meat is cooked.
For better safety, cook the meat thoroughly before storing. You can also keep it in a refrigerator for up to a month to kill off harmful organisms.
Safe ways to cook squirrel meat
Squirrel meat can be cooked in a variety of ways. A popular method is to fry the meat. You can use oil and season it with pepper, salt, rosemary, and thyme.
Alternatively, you can marinate the meat in favorite spices and cook it in oil until golden brown. It can be served with a variety of toppings, like ketchup or sour cream.
To prepare squirrel meat, you must first skin it. Make sure that it is free of parasites. Use gloves and a mask to prevent you from getting into the squirrel’s body cavity. Make an incision that is two to three inches long along the backbone of the squirrel.
Then, you can remove the skin from the body by pulling it hard in opposite directions. Remove the organs and skin. Wash thoroughly afterward.
You can cook squirrel meat in various ways but remember to use a sharp knife and be careful when gutting. The meat must be cooked properly to remove any harmful toxins. Even if the squirrel is relatively small, the meat may contain bacteria and must be cooked thoroughly before consumption.
Squirrel meat tastes similar to rabbit meat. Although squirrel meat has a weaker flavor than rabbit meat, it is still a great option for meat lovers.
How long can you keep a squirrel in the freezer?
Up to 12 months.
At what temperature should you set your freezer to properly freeze a squirrel?
How do you properly clean a squirrel before freezing it?
Clean it with soap and water then pat it dry.
What is the best way to package a squirrel for freezing?
Wrap it in plastic wrap or place it in a freezer bag.
How do you thaw a frozen squirrel?
Place it in the refrigerator and allow it to thaw overnight.
Can you cook a frozen squirrel?
No you should thaw it first.
What is the best way to cook a squirrel?
There are many different ways to cook squirrel so find a recipe that you like.
What should you do with the squirrel meat after cooking it?
What are some other uses for squirrels?
Besides eating them you can also use their fur for clothing or taxidermy.
What animals are related to squirrels?
Chipmunks marmots and prairie dogs.
What do squirrels eat?
Nuts acorns seeds fruits and insects.
Where do squirrels live?
In trees in burrows or in nests.
Are squirrels social animals?
Some squirrels are social while others are not.
What is the average lifespan of a squirrel?
About 5-10 years.
What are some predators of squirrels?
Owls hawks snakes and foxes.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.