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Has anyone ever cooked/eaten raccoon?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

So we have ballsy effers around here, and last night, one managed to pry open the door to the chicken coop and ate one of my chickens. I have a trap. I am on a one-woman mission to eradicate the effers.

And naturally, thoughts meandered to all that meat/grease going to waste. (I'm a soapmaker, and I love the idea of raccoon soap, among other things.)

I plan to drown it. It's not ideal, but I can't shoot a gun in city limits, and there's no way I'm taking it out of the cage to chop its head off or whatever.

Then I have a friend who will show me how to dress it.

Cooking instructions include boiling for several hours and then roasting/whatever. This is because it's tough meat, and also it will kill any pathogens. Please note, I have researched rabies, and the rabies, if the raccoon has it, will not survive this process.

I think I might also freeze it for a few days, just in case.

Nonetheless, I am a little nervous about the whole thing. The only thing I have ever killed, dressed, and eaten is a chicken.

So .... any tips would be greatly appreciated!

UPDATE!!! Just thought I'd post an update -- no luck catching a raccoon. I have caught 5 squirrels, and I can't make myself kill and eat them because they're kinda cute and haven't harmed my chickens or ducks.

I think the raccoons around here are too fat to fit in my trap.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 23, 2012
at 07:34 PM

The majority of my most recent ancestors resembled a Snuffy Smith cartoon... and yes, I admit to knowing how to man a still, I ate raccoon and squirrel as a kid, and I know how to play a banjo (but it's a 4-string tenor banjo, so it don't count!). But I still don't equate raccoon-eating with hillbillies.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 23, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I'm not saying that corn-fed raccoon is great or anything, but trappers down here trap them and feed them exclusively corn for several weeks, then sell them to exotic meat distributors for major bucks. The logic is that the corn fattens up the meat, cleans the system, and greatly reduces the gamier elements of the flavor.

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on May 23, 2012
at 06:20 PM

I'm assuming these ones will have been eating plenty of garbage so since it's a live trap she could feed them clean food for a few days and they might purge some fouler elements from their systems.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Oh c'mon now! It's funny because it's true. Steve Martin has been known to pluck the banjo... and he strikes me as quite intelligent.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:09 PM

+1 for a cup of butter.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 23, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Its funny because it's disparaging to other cultures perceived as less intelligent and rural!

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 23, 2012
at 03:18 AM

I remember it tasting different, woodsy, perhaps. All the bear I've eaten had a greasy juniper/pine needle taste to it that. Keep in mind its been over 16 years since I've eaten either critter.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 23, 2012
at 03:16 AM

I remember it tasting different, woodsy is the word I'd us

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on May 23, 2012
at 02:49 AM

It might require too much, but to put down animals that are unconscious or contained I have combined baking soda and vinegar in a tub for a "make your own CO2".

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on May 23, 2012
at 02:47 AM

Do they have that "omnivore"/"carnivore" taste that bear/rat/cougar etc has? That distinct kind of muskiness? I always joke that I'd rather eat the vegetarians first, because I prefer the taste over omnivores.

1175bfbf5637c9d47f541316912f8d42

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on May 22, 2012
at 11:41 PM

This is the coolest thread ever!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on May 22, 2012
at 11:41 PM

+1 Does Stabby Raccoon taste good, or does Stabby Raccoon have good taste???

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on May 22, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Beat me to it Chris ... was going to ask if anyone had seen Stabby lately?!

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I'm jealous though ... what a treasure trove ...

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Nothing wrong with lard! And you know, I have an older copy of the joy of cooking--and it has instructions for how to cook raccoon. Just goes to show that it's all cultural.

4b05d725a8332e8e917a4ca58b6e8a1e

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:53 PM

There are so many awesome (and hilarious) recipes from the old days. As a wedding present, I got my great-grandmother's recipe books and food journals. You would not believe the amount of lard she used cooking for a family of 14. And she lived to be 104.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:43 PM

hope stabby doesn't see this.. :O

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:43 PM

i'm waiting for stabby's comment to this...

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:41 PM

paleo hacks is just cracking me up today! thank you everyone for a fun day!! I love how this calls for 3-4 racconns!

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:39 PM

THANKS! Particularly for the bean size things. I think those are scent glands that definitely have to go!

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:38 PM

LOL, my thoughts exactly--get someone else to do the dirty work!! I don't know how brave I am. Mainly just stupid. The BF is rolling his eyes as we speak.

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I will definitely report. Yeah, I've thought about the various ways to kill it, and sadly, drowning is the least fraught with peril way. I know it's not ideal, but there's no way in hell I am going to be poking anything through that cage.

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:31 PM

If you can get a forked stick, and a hoop of rope through the cage, breaking it's neck might be a much quicker/human way of killing it, as opposed to drowning.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:23 PM

Wow. I am dying to hear how it goes. Please report back to us. Good luck!

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C4be8ea1ed3a51de8875877054a48112

on May 22, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I have a friend who says they're an excellent lean meat source. He says "best if cooked in like a stew with taters, onions carrots an such diced up in bout 1in cubes" He lives off his land, so I trust his advice although you may want to substitute some of his stew ingredients for a more paleo stew. Let us know how it goes.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Raccoon is awesome if you can get it far enough from humans where it hasn't been eating garbage. I can't vouch for the raccoons in FL as they eat a lot of fish and I'm sure that would affect the flavor somewhat compared to the raccoons in my native Appalachian stomping grounds.

Every time I had raccoon as a kid it was smoked or grilled. Less lean/tinny than rabbit... closer to pork in flavor.

I will say that Jaych's instructions are spot on, if butchering it is a must that you avoid the musk glands that are under the legs. Puncture one of those, and it's gonna be nasty.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 23, 2012
at 03:16 AM

I remember it tasting different, woodsy is the word I'd us

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on May 23, 2012
at 06:20 PM

I'm assuming these ones will have been eating plenty of garbage so since it's a live trap she could feed them clean food for a few days and they might purge some fouler elements from their systems.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 23, 2012
at 03:18 AM

I remember it tasting different, woodsy, perhaps. All the bear I've eaten had a greasy juniper/pine needle taste to it that. Keep in mind its been over 16 years since I've eaten either critter.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on May 23, 2012
at 02:47 AM

Do they have that "omnivore"/"carnivore" taste that bear/rat/cougar etc has? That distinct kind of muskiness? I always joke that I'd rather eat the vegetarians first, because I prefer the taste over omnivores.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 23, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I'm not saying that corn-fed raccoon is great or anything, but trappers down here trap them and feed them exclusively corn for several weeks, then sell them to exotic meat distributors for major bucks. The logic is that the corn fattens up the meat, cleans the system, and greatly reduces the gamier elements of the flavor.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on May 22, 2012
at 06:46 PM

Was the racoon wearing a bandit mask?

Was he perchance wielding a knife, making stabbing motions?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on May 22, 2012
at 11:41 PM

+1 Does Stabby Raccoon taste good, or does Stabby Raccoon have good taste???

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4b05d725a8332e8e917a4ca58b6e8a1e

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:33 PM

I've never attempted this, but here is my great-grandmother's recipe for roast raccoon. Use at your own risk! ;) She has a recipe for raccoon stuffing, too, but it's very bread-heavy.

Ingredients:

-3-4 raccoons, 4-6 lbs each

-5 Tbsp. salt

-2 tsp. pepper

-2 c. flour (maybe someone can paleofy this? you can probably omit since it's only for gravy)

-1 c. butter

-8 medium onions, peeled

-12 small bay leaves

Steps:

  1. Skin, draw, and clean raccoons soon after killing. Remove, without breaking, the brown bean-shaped kernels from under forelegs and each thigh.

  2. Cut into pieces. Remove meaty backs and legs for baking. Cook bony pieces in water to make broth for gravy. Add small amount of seasonings. Simmer until meat is tender; strain, and use only the broth.

  3. Sprinkle back and leg pieces with salt and pepper. Then dredge with flour.

  4. Heat butter in heavy skillet. Add meat, brown on all sides.

  5. Transfer pieces to roaster; add onions and bay leaves. Cover.

  6. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 2 hours until tender.

  7. Make gravy by adding flour to drippings in pan (use 2-3 tblsp. for each cup of liquid or broth used). Makes 24 servings.

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

(2024)

on May 22, 2012
at 06:39 PM

THANKS! Particularly for the bean size things. I think those are scent glands that definitely have to go!

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

(2024)

on May 22, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I'm jealous though ... what a treasure trove ...

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 22, 2012
at 06:41 PM

paleo hacks is just cracking me up today! thank you everyone for a fun day!! I love how this calls for 3-4 racconns!

4b05d725a8332e8e917a4ca58b6e8a1e

(1239)

on May 22, 2012
at 06:53 PM

There are so many awesome (and hilarious) recipes from the old days. As a wedding present, I got my great-grandmother's recipe books and food journals. You would not believe the amount of lard she used cooking for a family of 14. And she lived to be 104.

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

(2024)

on May 22, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Nothing wrong with lard! And you know, I have an older copy of the joy of cooking--and it has instructions for how to cook raccoon. Just goes to show that it's all cultural.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on May 23, 2012
at 01:09 PM

+1 for a cup of butter.

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76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

on May 22, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Did anyone else hear the light plucking of a banjo after reading the title thread? Truth.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 23, 2012
at 07:34 PM

The majority of my most recent ancestors resembled a Snuffy Smith cartoon... and yes, I admit to knowing how to man a still, I ate raccoon and squirrel as a kid, and I know how to play a banjo (but it's a 4-string tenor banjo, so it don't count!). But I still don't equate raccoon-eating with hillbillies.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on May 23, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Its funny because it's disparaging to other cultures perceived as less intelligent and rural!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on May 23, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Oh c'mon now! It's funny because it's true. Steve Martin has been known to pluck the banjo... and he strikes me as quite intelligent.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 22, 2012
at 06:22 PM

you are a brave cavewoman, you'd make the cavemen proud!

I suppose there was no such thing as road kill back in the stone age so probably any animal they could get their hands on was 'dinner'

My suggestion, have your friend do the dirty work and you offer up the meal!

1398eff69b192c35de5e0dbaad59052a

(2024)

on May 22, 2012
at 06:38 PM

LOL, my thoughts exactly--get someone else to do the dirty work!! I don't know how brave I am. Mainly just stupid. The BF is rolling his eyes as we speak.

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5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

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on May 22, 2012
at 08:58 PM

We kill and eat raccoons when they are trying to get in our chicken coop. We also eat possum but I like coon better. Possum is a little greasy. Raccoons we just shoot in the head, possums we usually just knock in the head. We catch them in a live trap.

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on May 22, 2012
at 08:20 PM

I've eaten raccoon (prepared for me at a "game dinner" at a lodge) and it's really quite good.

Drowning is relatively humane if you can submerge it quickly, fully and for good. With apologies to the faint of heart, we used to suffocate rats and mice to sacrifice in the lab by putting them in a container with dry ice (CO2). That's pretty quick as well, but I do still cringe thinking about it b/c mostly I had to watch so as to be able to decapitate or snap neck and open up (to obtain the most blood) before it was fully dead. That's not an issue for you, obviously. But it might be a potentially less messy option if you have access to dry ice. Large cooler, have dry ice in for a while, put the cage in, close.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on May 23, 2012
at 02:49 AM

It might require too much, but to put down animals that are unconscious or contained I have combined baking soda and vinegar in a tub for a "make your own CO2".

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on May 23, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Here's a story about NFL player Allen Bailey who grew up eating racoon, possum and such:

http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201104/allen-bailey-nfl-draft-kansas-city-chiefs-miami-hurricanes-sapelo-island

"Raccoon has a good flavor, it tastes like nothing else," Bailey says. "Everything on the table is great. It's home cooking."

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B04787f664abf9bebc28f71bf7825a3c

on May 22, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I must say, you???re all that & a bag of kale chips +1 love

Please, let us know how it goes!

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on August 01, 2012
at 03:18 PM

The raccoons in my yard eat our avocados. I imagine they're fairly tasty after such a diet. Still, I think I'd feel better eating squirrels. Something about eating scavengers doesn't quite appeal to me.

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