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The Fruit of Our Labors…

May 19th, 2009

We started raising rabbits several months ago, without any of us ever having eaten rabbit meat.  We have been looking forward to trying it, and finally have had the chance.  We butchered our first 6 bunnies a little over a week ago.  That was an experience in and of itself.  I wasn’t sure how it would go, but it wasn’t very difficult.  I was afraid that maybe I would be too attached to them to butcher.  But, in the end, we ended up with 6 plump bunnies.  We gave 3 of them to friends and have now cooked up the last 3.  We had the first one barbecued in the slow cooker.  It was delicious!  Then, last Saturday, we smoked 2 of the rabbits.  They came out great!  They were very easy to do as well.  We mixed some apple juice with oil to marinate them for a while, and then put them on the grill with some lemon pepper seasoning.  They came out tender and very tasty.  We will certainly be doing that again!

The kids have all taken to the rabbit meat.  I was not surprised that they liked it, considering how much they enjoy other meats and are so curious about where their meat comes from.  They handled losing the bunnies to the freezer quite well.  I am hoping that they will continue to go with it as we grow the rabbitry.  Jacob will tell people that he knew we were going to butcher some of them, and that was the agreement when we got them in the first place.  So, they are handling losing a few at a time to the table.  I am hoping to keep the litters coming so they will always have a few out there replacing the ones that get butchered.

We also kept both the livers and kidneys to the rabbits.  The kidneys stay with the carcass, and since we cooked all the rabbits whole, we just cooked the kidneys with the rest.  I thought nothing of it, but Jacob asked if people at the kidneys.  When I told him that they did, he insisted on tasting them.  He has decided that he likes them, and has eaten most of the kidneys from the 3 rabbits that we have cooked.  It is amazing what kids will try if they are not prejudiced by others!  I tried the kidneys as well.  Being organ meat, it is quite different from other meat, but somewhat like what I would imagine for the livers, which I haven’t tried yet.

The contest to name the rabbitry is still open.  Please give us a suggestion, and enter the contest!  The prize is a nice knife, perfect for collectors or for use as a pocket knife.  Don’t need one?  Use it for a gift for someone else!

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5 Responses to “The Fruit of Our Labors…”

  1. I’m glad the kids are open to the whole eating the rabbits idea. In the long run they will be very well-rounded, and know where their food comes from. And that is awesome.

  2. I love rabbit meat – glad the experiment is going well for your family!

  3. Congrats!

    How did you slaughter them? My dad always held them by their scruffs and thunked them on the back of the head with a lead pipe. It was very quick.

  4. those look so tastey,

    poor little fellas though

  5. Rabbits always thought they were cute till my sister got one. Wanted to BBQ when she went away to school. So, how do you go about raising them to you catch them in the wild? Its nice you are teaching your kids about trying different things.

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