To feed the kids rabbit...

(69 Posts)
ReallyTired Sat 18-May-13 17:26:59

Cost of food is soring so as an experiment I have bought a rabbit. The meat is cheaper than other meats and I think the welfare standards are higher. The animal has been shot in the hertfordshire countryside so has had a better life than many farm animals.

Dh thinks I am wierd to eat rabbit. He thinks its like eating a pet rabbit. My children are completely carnivorous and seem fairly happy to eat rabbit.

The only dilema is what the best way is to cook rabbit.

Scholes34 Sat 18-May-13 17:27:49

Wrapped in Parma ham and baked in the oven.

Euphemia Sat 18-May-13 17:28:43

Mmm Stifado ...

YANBU, Doc wink

FromGirders Sat 18-May-13 17:28:49

Rabbit is tasty smile
I cook it like chicken.
It's not a pet unless it had a name. I don't eat things I've named.

squoosh Sat 18-May-13 17:29:30


Rabbit is delicious and up until the 1940s would have been a very common meat source for most of us. Same with mutton. They're out of fashion, doesn't mean they aren't delicious.

Would much rather eat a hunted rabbit than a miserable battery chicken.

RiotsNotDiets Sat 18-May-13 17:29:45

It'd be cheaper and more ethical to go veggie.... just saying.

squoosh Sat 18-May-13 17:30:38

Nigel Slater has a lovely rabbit and tarragon recipe.

rabbitlady Sat 18-May-13 17:31:13

can't say i'm impressed!

soak it first, its too strong.


i'll feed my rabbits some kids. that'll be fair.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 18-May-13 17:31:29

YANBU - if you are going to eat meat it makes no difference what the meat is sheep, cow, rabbit, dog....

HollyBerryBush Sat 18-May-13 17:31:30

I saw rabbit in the butchers today, although I didn't clock the price. How much is it?

Dawndonna Sat 18-May-13 17:31:42

I like a nice rabbit pie. I'm over 50 and remember rabbit being common on menus.

Flojobunny Sat 18-May-13 17:31:49

Your DH is the one BU. Poor cows and chickens that he's discriminated against. Meat is meat. I agree the welfare of animals is the only issue.

cory Sat 18-May-13 17:32:31

Dumplings and a tomatoe and onion stew.

rabbitlady Sat 18-May-13 17:32:37

and it will give you something to complain to the school about... i was wondering where you'd find something. grin

I couldn't cos I have two. Wouldn't feel right

But hey, whatever you fancy it's up to you smile

burberryqueen Sat 18-May-13 17:36:27

yes there is a lovely Italian casserole recipe with olives...
roadkill rabbit was the best meat I ever ate...
as long as your children do not have pet rabbits themselves.
Once my nephew left his pet rabbit at his granny's house and she ate it grin

EleanorFarjeon Sat 18-May-13 17:37:54

I've never eaten it, but why not?

I find this squeamishness about some meat but not others slightly strange.

And if it's a wild rabbit that's been shot, that's about as ethical as you can get as a meat eater.

ReallyTired Sat 18-May-13 17:38:01

I paid £4.99 for a whole rabbit. It was a wild rabbit shot on a farm near Sarrat. The animal's body has been gutted and cleaned.

Prehaps its not quite as cheap as the tesco value battery chickens, but there is quite a bit of meat on it. I imagine that it will feed my family for several meals.

I'm thinking of trying this recipe

HollyBerryBush Sat 18-May-13 17:38:12
Wishiwasanheiress Sat 18-May-13 17:38:39

I'm with Riot. Pets have names. Gonna eat it don't name it smile

HollyBerryBush Sat 18-May-13 17:39:36

if you are hungry enough, you'll eat anything.

>eyeing up the pensioner next door< grin

We make rabbit stew. It's yummy. Keep any stock for risottos and the such like.

5Foot5 Sat 18-May-13 17:46:49

Nice casseroled with rosemary and garlic and a bit of white wine.

Or a pie defo.

5Foot5 Sat 18-May-13 17:47:51

Oh meant to say. There can be a lot of little bones so warn the kids or cut up carefully.

toboldlygo Sat 18-May-13 17:51:42

£4.99 shock I get them in the skins for free or £2.00 for a cleaned and gutted one.

They're for the dogs in this house though - nowt wrong with them, I just don't like the taste and texture.

I did it for Christmas dinner a couple of years back, stuffed it, then wrapped in prosciutto and roasted.

McNewPants2013 Sat 18-May-13 17:54:16

Go for it

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 18-May-13 17:54:40

I find it a bit bony and never enjoy the shot. My grandma could skin one and she called hers velvet stew - she added root vegetables and pearl barley I think. Whenever I've seen it, it has been v expensive though. I remember the rabbits hanging in the butchers when I was litte and remember the butcher preparing them behind the counter!! But I am ancient.

ReallyTired Sat 18-May-13 17:56:48

"I get them in the skins for free or £2.00 for a cleaned and gutted one. "

Do you live the country? I live in a town and not many butchers sell rabbit. I suppose the price difference is the cost of transport. If I have to spend £5 on diseal to get a free rabbit then it slightly defeats the object.

If my experiment with rabbit is a sucess then prehaps I need to investiage where I can buy more cheaper and freeze it.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 18-May-13 17:58:02

If there's no lead shot in it how do you know it hasn't been snared? Snares are not nice.

HollyBerryBush Sat 18-May-13 17:59:14

When I was growing up, there was a Cypriot family down the road, he used to go rabbiting at night and hang them on the apple tree in the garden to cure.

It's not really a traditional south of England dish, although DB up north is quite partial to it.

Although I draw the line at pigs head. Man buying one of those for Christmas dinner one year

Rabbit is yummy.
And I had no idea it was so cheap shock

Yy to not naming something you intend to eat.

This is where Jamie Oliver went wrong with his turkeys and pigs IMO...

EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 18-May-13 18:02:17


Rabbit is indeed yummy. My brother used to go out and shoot them. They were definitely free-range.

I think if you're going to eat animals you shouldn't discriminate on the basis of cuteness.

HollyBerryBush, I was going to do pig's head last Christmas, but ended up being ill/stressed/moving house so didn't.
I plan on doing it this year.

ReallyTired Sat 18-May-13 18:02:35

"If there's no lead shot in it how do you know it hasn't been snared? Snares are not nice."

I can see the damage caused by the lead shot. (althought he lead shot has been removed.) I think its unlikely that poor bunny has been snared.

I thought that snares were illegal.

HollyBerryBush Sat 18-May-13 18:03:10

Let me show what I came across the other day in the Telgraph

Singly mum with very little money left for food, about a tenner I think.

She has some amazing recipes - can do a meal for 23p - quite an internet sensation now.

We are all very wasteful with food if the truth be known.

EleanorFarjeon Sat 18-May-13 18:08:16

Pig's head!


squoosh Sat 18-May-13 18:13:26

My mother tells me that my favourite snack as a toddler was an ear from a freshly boiled pig's head.


StuntGirl Sat 18-May-13 18:19:08

Why not. Nigella has a recipe called Hot Cross Bunny which I make a variant of with tofu, it's absolutely delicious (just a curry with Thai Red curry sauce really). One batch can do us between 4 and 8 portions depending how greedy we're feeling. I often make the full recipe, stick half in the freezer for later and live off the other half for a few days (it's just 2 adults here so it stretches further).

Allalonenow Sat 18-May-13 18:21:07

I like rabbit, the BBC food website has some nice ideas for rabbit such as with prunes, and I like it in a casserole with white wine tomatoes and red peppers.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 18-May-13 18:22:14

We regularly had rabbit when we were first married.I did the gutting and skinning and DH the cooking.
The only time I have cooked rabbit,I did rabbit in cider and it was lovely.
DH grew up having to hunt and bring home rabbit for the pot.

Nothing wrong with a bit of rabbit.

overprotection Sat 18-May-13 18:25:31

Meat is meat. As long as you aren't eating human. Don't personally find rabbit very nice though, bit weird tasting.

hedgefund Sat 18-May-13 18:35:32

as i have rabbits the concept of eating rabbit meat isn't appealing. They are such lovely creatures. i wouldn't imagine they have that much meat on them anyway. my mum used to eat rabbit during the war so to me eating rabbits is something that is only done when other meat sources are unavailable.

cazboldy Sat 18-May-13 18:47:56

i'm not overly keen on the taste of rabbit.

I can see what people mean about naming animals, but that doesn't make them pets.....

We are rearing a bullock for the freezer. As soon as we saw he was a boy we knew that was what would happen. The kids understand.

He is called Barney.

I see no reason why he should not enjoy a good quality of life in the mean time, and if that means being led out to grass, or having a brush/scratch behind the ear, then so what?

The alternative was to have him shot the day after he was born..... you can't give Jersey bull calves away......

I think children are quite capable of keeping the idea of 'pet' and 'food' apart.
I had a rather suburban upbringing, but close family with farms and have seen pigs killed and slaughtered. Even at the time, it did not bother me. I understand what you mean, caz; not sure how I'd cope with a name though... <<softie>>
We had bunnies as pets, my brother and I, but they were (in my head) 'different' than the rabbit we had for Sunday lunch IYKWIM. My DH thinks I am deranged - he is still grieving for his pet bunny who died 23.3.1983. RIP.

I don't like game/venison etc, but enjoy rabbit confused.

TheSmallClanger Sat 18-May-13 19:57:24

Don't push it on your DH if he thinks it is weird. DH and I are making excuses not to see a couple we know now because they are obsessed with reducing food waste and spend far too much time trying to serve us game (which neither of us eats) and shitty leftovers at their house. Neither DH or I are big carnivores (DH pretty much pescatarian) and the endless digs about "all meat being meat" are wearing extremely thin now.

to think that status quo song would have made a great eurovision entry?

sorry posted inwrong thread grin too much wine

GobbySadcase Sat 18-May-13 20:01:51

I'm not too keen, bit stringy and don't like the taste.

pictish Sat 18-May-13 20:02:57

I really like rabbit! Yanbu!

ElizaDoLots Sat 18-May-13 20:21:47

We ate rabbit growing up. Not sure I could now the children have a bunny in the garage [sad git]

Glittertwins Sat 18-May-13 20:26:17

I don't mind it although the bones are a nightmare. The DTs love it though as does DH who cooks it similar to beef bourguignon.

Branleuse Sat 18-May-13 20:27:48

ive never had it. I might buy one next time im at the butchers. and a duck as I think ducks are morally corrupt

VBisme Sat 18-May-13 20:34:02

The rabbit in our local butchers isn't what I 'd call cheap - £8 each, and you need at least 2 for a family of 4.

Perhaps I'm going to the wrong butchers.

Iteotwawki Sat 18-May-13 20:47:05

Rabbit is delicious - casserole it with red wine and bacon smile shot rabbit is completely different to pet rabbit. We have chickens for eggs but when they stop laying they'll be slow cooked.

AwkwardSquad Sat 18-May-13 20:53:24

I ate wild rabbit when I was a kid. None of the children (five or six or more of us, several families) had a problem with it. Though the shot was a tad crunchy.

HenryIV Sat 18-May-13 20:53:48

Ah, what a difference an apostrophe can make. Thought you were going to starve a family pet but now I see that you are grammatically and gastronomically correct.

HesterShaw Sat 18-May-13 20:54:10

Why would that be unreasonable? confused

GoblinGranny Sat 18-May-13 20:57:47

Rabbit is good and very lean, but do make sure you add carbohydrates or fats to the meal. It won't cause a problem in the short term at all, but my father got ill as a teenager because he lived on a diet of rabbit for months, that and fish.
The protein overloads your system unless you balance it out.

cathers Sat 18-May-13 21:05:10

I love rabbit and as a family we eat it a fair bit in season. Local butcher charges £2.99 a rabbit but we are in the country.

I either portion it and wrap in pancetta, or sometimes breadcrumb the joints. Or if going out, slow cook it with tomatoes, olives, rosemary, baby turnips and shallot to make a lovely Italian ish stew.

Oh, and we have pet rabbits. Doesn't seem to affect dcs. I would rather they ate wild rabbit than battery / intensively farmed meats.

EleanorFarjeon Sat 18-May-13 21:31:45

'Protein overloads your system' grin

GoblinGranny Sat 18-May-13 21:36:44

Snigger all you like Eleanor. I'm not objecting to anyone eating rabbit, but my father can't any more as it now makes him violently ill.

VBisme Sat 18-May-13 22:05:45

Goblin Granny is absolutely right

Montybojangles Sat 18-May-13 22:20:25
Wolfcub Sat 18-May-13 22:21:25

Braised with onions. Delicious

pigletmania Sat 18-May-13 22:21:42

In Malta rabbit s a staple

SizzleSazz Sat 18-May-13 22:30:46

Dh shoots rabbits so we have it quite often - curried, or in a casserole with cider and confit legs.

Older ones can be tough I agree, but if you have a young rabbit and soak it overnight, it's lovely

maninawomansworld Tue 21-May-13 08:47:10

Rabbit is lovely, we have it all the time.
Do cook it slow and low for 3 or 4 hours though, it really makes it melt in the mouth and the meat just flakes off the bones.

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