How to Make Squirrel Jerky in the Oven
You can prepare squirrel jerky in the oven using several different methods. One method is to dry-fry the squirrel. Another method is to cook it in a pot. A Dutch oven, large pot, or oven-safe crockpot can work well as well. In order to cook squirrel jerky, you first need to clean and de-fur the squirrel. Once the squirrel has been thoroughly cleaned and de-furred, you should prepare a marinade and place it in a pan.
Whether you’re looking for an easy, delicious snack for the outdoors, or just want to add some protein to your diet, making your own squirrel jerky in the oven is an excellent way to enjoy the meat without having to spend hours on the stove. Squirrel meat is lean and tender, and it’s comparable in taste to free-range chicken breast. The meat is also sweet, thanks to the nuts, seeds, and foraged plants the squirrel consumes for sustenance.
To make your own jerky, prepare a marinade from soy sauce, sesame oil, chili-garlic paste, ginger, ground pepper, and other seasonings. Combine all ingredients and coat the meat completely. Refrigerate for two to three hours, or overnight, depending on the thickness. While the meat will continue to firm up as it cools, it’s best to avoid letting the oven temperature drop too low, as it can turn off the pilot light and cause the jerky to burn.
If you’ve ever seen the term “squirrel jerky,” you know that it is not the low-carb version of beef jerky. In the past, dried meat was often used as a way to store food and was commonly referred to as “jerked meat.” Today, squirrel jerky can be prepared the same way as beef jerky with minimal effort.
The first step is to marinate the meat with soy sauce, garlic and chili paste. Some people like their jerky spicy or teriyaki, and both work well. Before you begin drying the meat, make sure to allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours or overnight. Once the meat is completely dry, place it on a rack in the oven and leave it there until it is cool.
Preventing moldy jerky
Moldy squirrel jerky is not a fun sight to see. While this delicious snack can last for many years without spoiled, it still has the potential to go bad when exposed to the wrong ingredients. The first step to avoid moldy squirrel jerky is to properly package the product. Beef jerky should be stored in an airtight package, but it doesn’t need to be perfectly airtight. A little less air is better than nothing. You may also want to include an oxygen absorber or desiccant packet. These methods can minimize the potential for mold growth and prevent the spread of mold.
If you are using ground squirrel meat, you must first dry it thoroughly. Moisture can promote the growth of mold and cause the food to become spoiled. You can dry the meat by gently tapping it with a paper towel. If you don’t have this, you can use a dehydrator or a food dehydrator to help prevent the growth of mold. But be careful not to overdo it!
Preparing jerky marinade
You can prepare squirrel jerky in the oven or on the stove top, depending on your preference. Both methods will yield a unique flavor. To make squirrel jerky, use a common jerky marinade. You can also try a spicy or teriyaki marinade. Dip the meat strips into the marinade and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, or overnight.
Squirrels are easily grilled or roasted in the oven, but the meat will tend to dry out if cooked incorrectly. To achieve the perfect texture and flavor, it is important to remove the silver skin from the meat. This skin tightens up when exposed to high heat and can make the meat tough. This skin may be white, cloudy, or even clear, and it’s crucial to remove it.
Finding squirrel meat
If you have never tried making squirrel jerky, you may be wondering where to find the meat. Unfortunately, this delicacy is not often sold in your local grocery store or butcher shop, and most online retailers don’t even sell it. However, there are a few places you can try. First, you can try The Wild Meat Company, which occasionally stocks it, though shipping is often costly. Or, you can try Exotic Meat Market, which is more reliable but costs about $100.
One thing you should know before buying your squirrel is that it needs to be skinned first. This can be done easily by a butcher who knows how to skin a squirrel. Squirrel meat is quite lean and has a sweet, nutty flavor, and the best taste is from wet heat. In addition, it is healthy and high in protein, making it an excellent choice for eating in moderation.
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.