Eating Off The Land – Squirrel Stew

** Disclaimer : If you are not open to the idea of eating nonconventional animal meat, then you might want to skip this post **

I love the idea of being completely self sufficient and gathering as many resources from the land as possible. As a family we are far from that, but we take advantage of the opportunities we have. We harvest deer, catch fish and grow a garden; but never in my life did I think I would be enjoying a yummy bowl of Squirrel Stew. Ya’ll, no joke; it tastes just like chicken.

My husband Clive took our 4 year old squirrel hunting a few days ago. They came back with a few furry tails in tow. While my husband had eaten squirrel before; I had not. They harvested them so the ethical thing to do is to consume them.

I’m glad that I was open minded enough to try it because that is a free, renewable resource. Have you tried squirrel before? If so, how did you prepare it? If not, would you given the chance?



3-4 Squirrels (head, tail, skin and insides removed)

1 lb of potatoes – diced

3 carrots – diced

1 medium onion – diced

2 stalks celery (optional) – diced

1 cup broccoli (optional)

1 cup mushrooms (optional)


Directions: Add all of your veggies to your crock put. Liberally season the squirrels with salt and pepper. Place the squirrels on top of the veggies in the crock put. Cover veggies and squirrels with stock and cook on High for 5 hours.

After 5 hours remove the squirrels from the crock pot and pick the meat off the bones. Return the meat to the crock pot and cook for an additional hour. Serve over rice, cous cous or quinoa.

** You can save the bones for homemade bone broth.

I love being able to harvest and forge from the land. What is the most unconventional thing you’ve eaten?


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