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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 07 10:00 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

The rabbits we raised for the pot when I was a kid and the rabbits we had from Pricey's tasted great without any bitterness or strong unpleasant taste, however the rabbit I bought from my local farmers market was bitter and unpleasant.

I did soak the skinned and jointed rabbits in a weak brine before rinsing which may of helped but I think milking them and gutting after a few minutes helps greatly or it could just be Pricey's rabbits aren't just any rabbits, these are wild coastal reared holiday rabbits...

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 07 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
...or it could just be Pricey's rabbits aren't just any rabbits, these are wild coastal reared holiday rabbits...


The ones we got from Pricey were bloody lovely. Mind you, so was my cooking (yes, I do cook sometimes in our household...in spite of what Gervase may lead you all to believe).

Bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 07 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
The rabbits we raised for the pot when I was a kid and the rabbits we had from Pricey's tasted great without any bitterness or strong unpleasant taste, however the rabbit I bought from my local farmers market was bitter and unpleasant.

I did soak the skinned and jointed rabbits in a weak brine before rinsing which may of helped but I think milking them and gutting after a few minutes helps greatly or it could just be Pricey's rabbits aren't just any rabbits, these are wild coastal reared holiday rabbits...


The only time you are likely to get an 'off' taste with rabbit is if the guts have been left too long in them, or if the bladder has been ruptured. As I said earlier, its common practice to use pressure on the rabbits abdomen to expel the urine immediately after they've been killed.

fish (the other one)



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 07 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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whitelegg1



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 07 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The one's at Pricey's have been raised on a diet of electrical insulation and water pipes

They definately did taste very nice though

Pete

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 07 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

fish (the other one) wrote:
i wouldnt recomend hanging a rabbit! i did 2 nights a go and the next morn the cavity was full of blue bottle eggs! realy disapointed! grrrrrrr


We have 'Sac a Jambon's here which come in very handy for times like that. Quite stiff, made of a fine gauze and keep the dreaded blue-bottles off. Our hams would never survive without them.

pricey



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 07 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just to let those that wanted to see how I do woodies, there is a Article up on the front page now. Thanks Sean

willding2007



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 07 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

you will find rabbits will skin more easily if hung in a cool place over night

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 08 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My grandmother used to always soak a rabbit in brine overnight before cooking, to tenderise it. But she also removed what she called the "silver" from the meat, the membrane covering the muscle, to allow the brine to be absobed.

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