Episode 34: How to kill a squirrel (and eat it)

Every culture has different foods that are socially acceptable to eat.  Thus, growing up in England, Squirrel was never part of my diet.  But for John Ny Vang, who is from Laos but has lived in Minnesota for the last 30 years, Squirrel is just like any other meat.  A few weeks ago, he took me out on a hunting expedition to shoot the little guys.  Squirrels were shot, and squirrels were eaten… and they were delicious!  Believe it or not, I went back for seconds and thirds.

  • John Atkinson

    great episode. not one to watch while having lunch – but nice to see you setting the context for the episode and then having a cool character to share the story!

  • http://www.videohaiku.com Kevin Obsatz

    Sublime, the moment after the rifle shot, and before the squirrel hits the ground. I did my part to viralize it by re-posting on Facebook. You're right: if flaming squirrels can't reach a million views, what can?

  • Daniel

    Thanks for reposting Kevin, glad you enjoyed.

  • casey o

    Super awesome episode in so many ways – subject, editing, music etcetera

    Looking forward to the next.

  • Ditte

    Excellent!! as always.

  • http://sasasunakku.com Sasa

    When I lived in Thailand, we trapped a squirrel with a jackfruit as bait. It must have been an old one because it was pretty chewy. We deep fried some of it and made green curry with the rest.

  • Peter

    Superlative on every level. Any tips on hunting/preparing Raccoon? I have a family of them under my deck. They are literally under my BBQ. It seems as though they would be perfect on the grille or rotisserie.

  • Daniel Klein

    Sasa, thanks for watching. It's all in the preparation i guess, what you made sounds good though. Love the pictures on your site. Thanks

  • http://www.marmadukescarlet.blogspot.com/ Rachel K

    Just to let you know that, should you ever head back to the UK, they have started selling squirrel in Budgens in Crouch End (so North London, dahling!)

  • http://ramblingspoon.com/blog Karen

    Thanks for posting – that dish took me straight back to Laos. Excellent, beautifully produced video.

  • Daniel Klein

    Thanks Karen, that dish was incredibly delicious, quite unbelievable that squirrel could taste so good. would love to visit Laos some day.

  • http://www.kevinkossowan.com/ Kevin

    I have to admit that I chuckled at the whispering in the bush to shoot squirrels. Best technique I've seen is setting up a bird feeder in your yard and waiting. I was shocked the keep the skin – that's a lot of work for some squirrel skin – but good on them for using it!

  • Trudy

    we have a serious squirrel problem in our veg and fruit garden here in England, after reluctantly deciding we had to trap and shoot some, myself and a friend decided to experiment with cooked squirrel too, haven't used the blow torch tho! Instead we hang them in my home made meat store for 3 to 5 days depending on the temp then freeze whole to kill all fleas, then skin, gut and poach in seasoned broth, pick the meat off then do the chosen recipe, so far we have had , sandwich, samosas, and pate. Next recipe is chinese pancakes and plum sauce :-)

  • Daniel Klein

    Trudy that is awesome. squirrel with plum sauce will be delicious.

  • BJ

    Daniel, is there any disease concerns with regards to hunting and eating squirrel? It's open season on squirrel where I live in North Atlanta, GA, but I'm unsure about the edible quality of suburban squirrels. Do you or John Ny Vang have any thoughts?

  • Andy

    Been eating squirrel all my life as a native Wisconsinite. Love it. My favorite way to have it is in Squirrel Jambalya with Andoullie.

  • Daniel Klein

    Sounds delicious Andy. Was pretty amazing Hmong style.

  • http://Vietworldkitchen.com Andrea Nguyen

    Excellent video, Danielle. That looked like squirrel laab that was prepared.

  • Leapfrogdean

    WOW… Amateurs.

    Try an arrow or throwing stick.
    Then if you MISS, you don’t pierce a living, breathing TREE with a ball of hot LEAD.
    Nor do you require industries, factories, pollution, or exploitation to MAKE THE TOOLS YOU USE TO GET YOUR FOOD.
    Like guns.

    Perennial?
    In what time frame?