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  • Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
    Once you pull the dirty skin off all is well.

    Opossum tastes quite nice IMO.
    If prepared well, and cut into chunks, say in a stir fry like cashew chicken (or any other darker sauced one that calls for chicken thigh meat) you might just be completely fooled.

    It does indeed have a quite similar flavor and texture to that of dark meat chicken.

    Opossum doesn't even have the musk glands that you have to be careful of on some other animals, such as beaver (which taste more like beef). You MUST carefully cut around or avoid those glands when skinning/cleaning the carcass. Seriously.
    (Well, the opossum does, but they are anal glands so you are probably going to carefully trim that area away anyway, you know. LOL )

    Same with deer. You must be careful to remove or avoid the musk glands when cleaning. Most people don't remove them, they just avoid that section of the legs completely on the deer and discard it because it is too tricky to remove without spreading the taint to other flesh. The same for the head. It has musk glands and is therefore not used for food.

    I'm from the South, and was poor... there are not many things I have not eaten that can't be farmed, hunted, or foraged in the region.
    OK, I would eat all of those things but only if you cook it for me. I wouldn't know a musk gland from an adrenal gland, city girl that I am.

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    • Originally posted by DCarr10760 View Post
      I've got a brother-in-law whose whole family are pretty avid hunters and farmers, here in Connecticut. I have had all sorts of critter-dinners in my life, thanks to them. Rabbit, squirrel, possum, venison, and raccoon all come to mind, along with all types of water-fowl. I liked it all.

      One of my first serious girlfriends was mortified when she came to dinner and they were serving raccoon, and it was roasted whole, like a goose. But to all the world it looked like a roasted dog! She turned white as a sheet. She married me anyway. But it didn't last.
      That would be kind of weird. Now raccoons are cute little critters. Possums are just but ugly.

      Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
      For the noobs critters are best served as "small bites", not whole roasted.
      Then they've eaten who knows what, and ENJOYED it, before they even know it!
      That sounds better.

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      • Adorable!


        It's just that they are usually not seen at their best. It's generally in their "I'm so scared I'm about to shat myself and I really just want to run and hide but mother nature has defaulted me to freeze with an ugly face" mode. Poor dears.
        “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
        ~Friedrich Nietzsche
        And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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        • Thanks for the info cori. I've eaten gator and squirrel, (and venison and elk) but I've never been there for the kill. I used tend to the cage of a possum who became the clinic pet after almost getting hit by a car - in SF no less. I had to wear the lead lined x-ray gloves because of its claws, but I loved that stinky sucker.

          Oh, and the photo? O M G - I need a hug. heh.

          Good morning, Paleobird. Good to see you this fine Sunday. It's so beautiful here today that it's putting me in the mood to go buy some gin and a cucumber for cucumber "martinis." But laying about on Sunday is also fine. I'm on the fence.
          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

          B*tch-lite

          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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          • Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
            Adorable!
            It's just that they are usually not seen at their best. It's generally in their "I'm so scared I'm about to shat myself and I really just want to run and hide but mother nature has defaulted me to freeze with an ugly face" mode. Poor dears.
            D'awwwww. OK, you're right they can be cute. I guess I usually see them with their "OMG your dog is going to kill me, Help!" face on.

            Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
            Thanks for the info cori. I've eaten gator and squirrel, (and venison and elk) but I've never been there for the kill. I used tend to the cage of a possum who became the clinic pet after almost getting hit by a car - in SF no less. I had to wear the lead lined x-ray gloves because of its claws, but I loved that stinky sucker.

            Oh, and the photo? O M G - I need a hug. heh.

            Good morning, Paleobird. Good to see you this fine Sunday. It's so beautiful here today that it's putting me in the mood to go buy some gin and a cucumber for cucumber "martinis." But laying about on Sunday is also fine. I'm on the fence.
            Cucumber martinis? Do tell.

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            • It looks like mine is different from what I'm finding online. Okay, for one:

              Peel a cucumber. Slice into quarter to half inch rounds.
              Depending on how much cucumbery taste you want, put a quarter to one half of a round in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
              If you have a smooth muddler, you might want to add just a bit of salt to help the muddling. Mine has ridges, so I don't unless I'm in the mood.
              Smash/muddle that cucumber.
              Add ice.
              Add 3 oz of gin.
              Depending on how dry you like your martininis in general, add up to 1/4 tsp of dry vermouth. I like dry, so I just whisper the word "vermouth" over the shaker.
              Shake vigorously.*
              Strain into martini glass. Garnish with one of the cucumber rounds or cherry tomato, or even just put a chunk of cucumber in the bottom of the glass.

              *I know martini purists cringe at shaken martinis, but I didn't know what else to call this drink.
              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

              B*tch-lite

              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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              • Hmm. I'm not a big gin fan but a bet a slice of cucumber would be a nice addition to a NorCal margarita.

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                • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                  Hmm. I'm not a big gin fan but a bet a slice of cucumber would be a nice addition to a NorCal margarita.
                  That sounds awesome.

                  Note to self: cheap gin is not as kind as cheap vodka. My eyeballs hurt. Never going to that store again. *whimper* Not for alcohol anyway. I did find some cheap cherry tomatoes, Fage on sale, tons of canned fishies, and a Mexican cheese I pretty much forgot existed. And a huge cucumber - which with a hangover looks disturbing in a phallic way. Went for two items, but filled up my backpack and lugged another bag back. Because of course in the interest of health, I walked to the store. A hop, skip, and a jump, unless you're carrying two bags of groceries. heh.
                  "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                  B*tch-lite

                  Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                  • I'm sorry your eyeballs hurt, Joanie.

                    That said, I thought you were old enough to know better about such things. Old enough to know better and young enough to do it anyway?

                    That is a disturbing thought about the cucumber even if one doesn't have a hangover.

                    At least you got two different workouts in, lifting heavy things and the walk, so that makes up for the gin fest right? Go take a nap.

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                    • I really should be packing instead of dinking around here. I'm moving in a week.

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                      • Dink away, Baby. At the end of life, few people regret playing too much. More of them regret working too hard. That's what I've heard anyway.
                        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                        B*tch-lite

                        Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                        • LOLOL at Cori's terrifyingly comprehensive lesson on DIY wild thang butchery.

                          I cheerfully admit I've never cooked possum myself - somebody else made it into a yummy pie, and I was merely the end consumer. (At least when I refer to someone by the pet name "my little possum pie", you know it's with genuine affection.)

                          Australian possums also tend to take caught-in-headlights kind of bad photos, but they are terribly cute in person. Still hate the little bastards though - they stomp all over your roof all night, keep you awake with their godawful possessed-by-demons calling, and poo everywhere they possibly can. But still cute....
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                          I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

                          Oscar Wilde

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                          • Wow, that is a painfully cute picture.

                            Good luck with your move, Robin! We just moved from our first house to an apartment where we'll stay until we move to Colorado. Can't wait! But moving really stunk. I still have a bruise on my shin from walking into a metal edge of the U-Haul.
                            I feed my healthy cells and starve the rest.

                            Waist circumference:
                            50(start)/40.5(current)/35>(goal)

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                            • OK, OK, I take back anything derogatory I ever said about possums. Yes, they are "painfully cute".

                              And yes, Cori's country girl cookin' lessons are a little "terrifyingly comprehensive".

                              I got some work done today, bagging up linens etc and getting them to the garage. I can be very efficient about that kind of stuff. I know I could do the whole house in one day if I had to.

                              I decided that discretion was the better part of valor and hired a moving company for the actual furniture. There are some things best left to the professionals. I just am moving all the "little stuff" like linens, books, dishes, and my personal items myself.

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                              • Sounds like a plan. Let the musclebound do the stuff for which they are built. :::typing gently so I don't break a fingernail:::
                                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                                B*tch-lite

                                Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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