What to Do With Squirrel Pelts
What to do with squirrel pelts? If you find a squirrel in your yard, you can try cooking or tanned squirrel skins. Here are some ways to process the squirrel’s skin. First, cut off the skin around its head and ankles. Then, cut the squirrel in half, along the stomach, so that you can see its internal organs. Once you’ve removed the hide, you can cook the squirrel’s flesh and tan the skin.
How to wring out a squirrel’s hide
Once you have the hide ready, you will want to wring it out. A fast tug on the hide should separate the skin from the feet at the wrist. Then you will want to remove the hide from the dressing solution and squeeze it into a container. Wringing the hide out is not a difficult task and you can even do it with two people. Just be sure to keep your hands clean before you start working.
The skin must be wrung out carefully. You need to be very careful when doing this step because the bones are very fragile. Make several small cuts along the tailbone. Make sure you do not tear the skin above the tailbone. Then, continue the skin flap over the back legs two to three inches from the first vertical cut. The skin should then be lifted from the point of attachment on the breastbone.
Once the hide is wrung out, you should place it in a garden bucket with a mixture of white wine vinegar and warm water. Stir it thoroughly. Let the hide soak in the solution for 15 to 20 minutes. The longer the solution remains in the bucket, the more likely it will return to a rubbery state. When the skin has been soaked in this solution for more than half an hour, the skin will begin to buck.
How to prepare a tanning solution for a squirrel hide
If you’re preparing a squirrel hide for tanning, you will need to remove any animal parts from the animal. You will also need to heavily salt the hide. The better prepared the hide, the quicker the tanning process will be. You can even freeze the hide before preparing it for tanning. This will make the entire process easier and faster. In this article, we’ll discuss how to prepare a tanning solution for squirrel hides.
If you’re tanner, you’ll want to use a solution that has a pH of 4 to 5. To get a softer hide, you can add a small amount of sodium bicarbonate. You can also use a dog brush to work out mats from the fur side of the hide. Once you have prepared a solution, you should put the hide into it and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes. You can also increase the amount of tanning solution if you’re tanner is working with a larger hide.
To begin the tanning process, first prepare the pelt. To prep a squirrel hide for tanning, scrape away any visible meat or flesh. Use a dull knife to scrape off the rest of the pelt, avoiding any cuts. Next, prepare a tanning solution for the pelt by adding two pounds of salt to four gallons of water. Add the alum.
How to cure a squirrel pelt
First, prepare the pelt by scraping off the visible meat with a dull knife. The pelt should be soaked in a saltwater solution that has been diluted to five cups of salt for a gallon of water. Let it soak for two to three days before removing it. To make the pelt more pliable, scrape off loose tissue and let it dry.
The pelt should be left overnight in a cool, dry area to prevent it from becoming too soft. Next, scrub it with borax to remove any flakes. To get rid of any excess fur, shave the pelt with a beard trimmer and place it into an old coffee grinder. Mix in four ounces of Borax with the rest of the fur. Add alum if needed. Stir the paste and make sure there are no lumps.
Once the body and face have been salted, you should proceed to the tail. After the tail has been salted, use your fingers to pinch it together and flip it over your body. Repeat the process to salt it properly. If the tail is too large, leave it in for at least 24 hours before scrubbing it with Borax. Then, shake it off the next day. Afterwards, you can re-salt it.
What is the best way to clean a squirrel pelt?
The best way to clean a squirrel pelt is to first soak it in cool water for 24 hours.
After that you should rinse the pelt in cool water and then gently rub it with a mild soap.
Once you have done that you should rinse the pelt again in cool water and then allow it to dry naturally.
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.