"Life is not the way it's supposed to be..
It's the way it is..
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference"
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Domestic Rabbit is Good Food
When we first got these bunnies it was in hope of using their droppings as garden fertilizer. Now we are thinking of raising meat rabbits. We have been kicking around the idea for a while but after some serious fighting amongst our bucks 3 weeks ago, I butchered 2 of them. I have raised rabbits as pets before, and never considered eating them. But I decided to try it and see how well I liked domestic rabbit meat. I have eaten wild rabbits and thought they were good, but somehow I had the idea that tame rabbit wasn't as good.
Boy was I wrong.
Since butchering them I have been waiting to cook them, trying to get over the fact of eating a pet. But it really is no different than eating our chickens. And surprisingly, I prefer them to our chickens.
I fried the bigger of the two for dinner last night. It dressed out at 3lbs. 11oz. (the other is 3lbs. 5oz.) and I was expecting it to be tough, as it was a lot older than the usual frying rabbit. I was wrong again. My first bite was unbelievable. The fine grained meat was about as tender as chicken and had a delicate flavor. So much better than wild rabbit.
Before I did any cooking I went online and found some surprising information and some good recipes. One site was "My Bunny Farm" where I found this:
Domestic Rabbit Meat - Eat Better, Cleaner and Healthier!
Rabbit meat is an all white meat (as in pork chops, not chicken i.e.), fine grained, mild in flavor and can be substituted for any veal or poultry recipe. Rabbit meat is higher in protein, but lower in fat, uric acid, cholesterol, sodium and calories than any other meat. It is easily digested and a lot of doctors recommend rabbit meat when red meat is restricted in diets.
Very good news indeed. I am looking forward to making rabbit a staple food at our house.
So I am now planning on getting some meat breed rabbits, and plan on raising lots of them over the summer. A doe rabbit can be bred about once a month and the rabbits reach fryer stage at about 13 weeks old. I believe they are easier to butcher than chickens too. So look for more information on rabbits as my plans develop. I can hardly wait to try some of the recipes I found for rabbit meat: jerky, smoked, hamburg, sausage, BBQ'd, Oriental style, Creole, etc., etc., etc.
I have been happily married for 39 years, to the love of my life. We live quietly on a five acre family plot. We have 3 wonderful children who are now out of the house. Our oldest daughter has provided us with 2 beautiful grandchildren and our son with 1. We also have 2 LARGE dogs and 3 cats to keep us busy. Sometimes it's a zoo around here.
We are suppose to be in our "Golden Years" but they have turned to RUST!
I have Post Polio Syndrome. It has left me with a leg that just quits on me whenever it feels like it, muscles that tire easily, arthritis and degenerative disc disease in my spine, which causes me daily aches and pains that I have come to learn to live with, and a brain that gets confused very easily, forgets things quickly and doesn't allow me to do some of my old hobbies or read well. My wife has Fibro-Myalgia and suffers through it's daily pains and has Cronic Fatigue Syndrome too. She too is unable to work.
I dedicate this blog to my children and grandchildren, so that they may read some of my childhood memories, before I forget them all.