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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 05 6:57 pm    Post subject: Paunched rabbit - how long can it be kept?  Reply with quote    

How long can you keep a paunched rabbit in it's skin for before final preparation? I assume it would need to be kept cold, but would it last 12 hours in a cool box, so about 5C? Would it be best to skin it as well?

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 05 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Once it's paunched it's just a piece of meat really, so a couple of days if it's cool enough. Probably best to whip out the offal if you're wanting to keep it any length of time.
Skin off would mean that it will cool down faster.

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 05 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Always paunch asap, to avoid tainting the flavour of the flesh. In the past, I've frozen them in their skins, but the eye balls sometimes burst. They are slightly less pongy cold, but skinning is harder on a mature one cold, (always easy on a young one). What did you have in mind?

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You have to get one first!

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can keep a paunched, unskinned rabbit in a cool place for a few days no problems, any game dealer certainly will!

I'm a bit lazy so mine can hang for a few days before skinning.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Watch out for blow flies though. It is tuly amazing how quickly they will find a carcass. I have walked up a just shot rabbit (at some range) to find it covered in flies when I've got there (in warm weather though).

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ughhh, blow flies don't hatch for about two days so you should be OK, don't fancy testing that theory though.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hmm...I had a colleague whose husband was a keeper. One night he was out rabbitting using her car and forgot to tell her. Two days later, her car full of bunnies was black with flies!

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 05 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Madman wrote:
Hmm...I had a colleague whose husband was a keeper. One night he was out rabbitting using her car and forgot to tell her. Two days later, her car full of bunnies was black with flies!


I think he tried to get away with leaving it there a lot longer! The life cycle of a green bottle from egg to adult fly is 3-5weeks

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 05 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's the clusters of eggs that put me off!

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 05 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There used to be rows and rows of rabbits, hanging in their skins, in the Grainger Market in Newcastle. They hung there all day, little bags on their heads to stop the dripping.

Can's see hanging them for a bit in their skins being a problem, nor would keeping them cold be an issue. A better question would be whether you'd be happy with a rabbit in the skin being in the fridge (but I assume you're talking a cold box while out and about?).

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 05 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
I assume you're talking a cold box while out and about?


I would keep them in a cold box in the back of a car while at work as a collegue may be able to give me a couple. So they will have to last about 12 hours but they will have a couple of ice packs.

I'll wait for comments along the lines of "when I was a lad we used to bring in whole stags and leave them under the desk" etc.

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 05 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 05 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stags wrestled with bare hands surely?

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 05 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dunno about stags, but many years ago I worked in an office, and used to bring in coolboxes to sell the fruits of my labours. What is the going rate now, TD?

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