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 Are lop ear rabbits good to eat?
IndustrialRescue  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:38:33 AM EST
There's an add in the local paper for Free Lop Ear Rabbits. I'm thinking it could fill the freezer, assuming they're any good.
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Plumbata  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:39:44 AM EST
It's a rabbit. They all taste like one.
Mattyvac  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:40:01 AM EST
Not sure if supposed to eat.
dryroasted  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:40:41 AM EST
Really only one way to find out.
Strykewolf  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:40:56 AM EST
Lop ear rabbit soup and lop ear rabbit recipe doesn't seem to turn up anything of use.
Anglingarchitect  [Member]
11/1/2011 11:42:09 AM EST
Not the ears your suppose to lop them off before preparation.
IndustrialRescue  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:42:36 AM EST
Originally Posted By Mattyvac:
Not sure if supposed to eat.


lol


I'm trying to figure out a good cover story. Somehow I doubt that they would like to hear that I want all of them for stew
Plumbata  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:43:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By IndustrialRescue:
Originally Posted By Mattyvac:
Not sure if supposed to eat.


lol


I'm trying to figure out a good cover story. Somehow I doubt that they would like to hear that I want all of them for stew


If you buy 30 rabbits I think they are going to suspect something.

BTW. They are not small rabbits. Lops go somewhere around 7-10 lbs.
Pugz  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:44:52 AM EST
Hell yea they are good. A friend of mine use to give me the ones that did not make show quality. I fried them babys up. More tender than a wild cotton tail.
IndustrialRescue  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:46:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By Plumbata:
Originally Posted By IndustrialRescue:
Originally Posted By Mattyvac:
Not sure if supposed to eat.


lol


I'm trying to figure out a good cover story. Somehow I doubt that they would like to hear that I want all of them for stew


If you buy 30 rabbits I think they are going to suspect something.

BTW. They are not small rabbits. Lops go somewhere around 7-10 lbs.


LOL, true But they're free.....
thedave1164  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:46:36 AM EST
they taste like chicken
andrasik  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:47:17 AM EST
My wife would shit a kitten if she read this thread.
IndustrialRescue  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:48:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By andrasik:
My wife would shit a kitten if she read this thread.


I'd pay to see that, LOL.


Kittens are fun, cute, and huggy.
Stonerriflefan44  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:48:35 AM EST
[Mic Dundee] You can eat em but they taste like shit [/Mic Dundee]
oldschool63  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:51:13 AM EST
tastes like chicken
America-first  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:52:50 AM EST
My aunt had a recipe for them that was incredibly delicious.
Mullah_Atari  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 11:59:15 AM EST
Most domestic rabbits are meat rabbits.
RJGatling  [Member]
11/1/2011 12:04:41 PM EST
junkxp  [Member]
11/1/2011 12:09:25 PM EST


Looks under cooked put it back in the oven.
VBC  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:13:16 PM EST
"You'll love these rabbits, they're going to make fine pets."

"I'm sure they would have."

RJGatling  [Member]
11/1/2011 12:15:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By junkxp:


Looks under cooked put it back in the oven.


This thread needs more Amish_Bill. Anyone want to IM him?

ETA:
ihatespngbob  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:23:57 PM EST
Alien  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:25:46 PM EST
They are too cute to eat.

TerribleTom  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:26:37 PM EST
Rabbit is generally tasty, I don't see why these wouldn't be good to eat.
ArmaNotSoLite  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:28:51 PM EST
This thread gives me the lawls.
Hackl  [Member]
11/1/2011 12:28:54 PM EST
Hunger is the best sauce.
GUNGUY148  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:29:14 PM EST
IIRC most comercial "meat" rabbits are the larger lop eared type
Miracle_Pants  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:32:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
Most domestic rabbits are meat rabbits.

Some breeds are specifically bred as pets but they were bred from meat stock animals so I suppose they'd be just as edible.
IndustrialRescue  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:33:59 PM EST
Sweet. I'll give em a call tonight
FridgeBrilliance  [Member]
11/1/2011 12:34:50 PM EST
Yep. I had one as a pet when I was 10. It bit me so we ate it.
Capt-Planet  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:37:33 PM EST
OP, you're a genius. I'm going to do this from now on.
sjerdude  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:37:55 PM EST
Originally Posted By IndustrialRescue:
There's an add in the local paper for Free Lop Ear Rabbits. I'm thinking it could fill the freezer, assuming they're any good.


Girl I work with put up a "free to good home" bulletin at work, for her pet lop ear rabbit. I promptly put printed out and placed next to every bulletin the recipe for Hasenffefer. She was not amused.
GUNGUY148  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:38:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By FridgeBrilliance:
Yep. I had one as a pet when I was 10. It bit me so we ate it.


FTW!
FGracing  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:39:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By IndustrialRescue:
Originally Posted By andrasik:
My wife would shit a kitten if she read this thread.


I'd pay to see that, LOL.


Kittens are fun, cute, and huggy.



Not after they have been shit out, all covered in crap. I would however toss in a hundred dollar bill to watch it happen.
1Andy2  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:41:14 PM EST
Rabbit goes good in game pie.
MotorMouth  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 12:43:49 PM EST
I suppose it depends on what they've been feeding them . . . maybe . . . I dunno.
JamesTheScot  [Member]
11/1/2011 1:16:19 PM EST
It's probably no different than eating various breeds of cattle. I suspect at the table the differences are much less pronounced and it still comes of as beef either way. Variation between numerous animals within the same breed is significant enough that you could easily mistake Holstein for Angus by happening upon a tender and tasty Holstein side by side with a tough, bland Angus. But from a breeder's frame of reference, when raising numerous head, particularly when trying to maximize profits, the breed will make a significant difference.

Grab 'em and eat 'em.
IcarusY625  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 1:16:26 PM EST
Wut?


DetroitPatriot  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 2:21:03 PM EST
I had a great conversation with the future wife about rabbits.

Me: I think we should get some rabbits.
Her: (Excited!!!) What kind? The ones with the floppy ears?
Me: Whatever kind tastes better.
Her: Silence.

Now if we do get rabbits, it has to be that we give the "extras" away for pets and that we will only eat them if the SHTF and we are starving.

Didn't know she had them as pets when she was a kid. FML

DP
Gut-shot  [Member]
11/1/2011 2:59:30 PM EST
Yes , they are gtg.

My experiance with them is they tend to have thicker fat under the hide.
But thats no problem , just a observation.
They eat great and are bigger than wild rabbits.
Strykewolf  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 3:01:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By DetroitPatriot:
I had a great conversation with the future wife about rabbits.

Me: I think we should get some rabbits.
Her: (Excited!!!) What kind? The ones with the floppy ears?
Me: Whatever kind tastes better.
Her: Silence.

Now if we do get rabbits, it has to be that we give the "extras" away for pets and that we will only eat them if the SHTF and we are starving.

Didn't know she had them as pets when she was a kid. FML

DP


We had rabbits, as kids (sis, and I)...periodically had rabbit stew, as well. Took a couple years before we kids figured it out.
SWODaddy  [Member]
11/1/2011 3:11:35 PM EST
Had a guy who worked for me in in the Navy from Ghana, where iguanas and the like are a delicacy.

Had the family over for Thanksgiving and they went to the pet store for dinner.

"They asked if we needed a cage or food and we said, 'Nope, we're good!'"
bobelk99  [Member]
11/1/2011 4:15:58 PM EST
quote[It's a rabbit. They all taste like one.]quote


Agreed, assuming they have not been feed slop, as in distillery byproducts.
ffsparky26  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 5:38:39 PM EST
Cute things can be delicious too.
INI  [Member]
11/1/2011 6:06:42 PM EST


Wabbit looks dissapoint
acpchuck  [Member]
11/1/2011 6:18:48 PM EST
If it was just a pet then the ratio of meat to bone is not going to be good. Show rabbits have as one of their judging points, body type as in how much meat especially along the loin (back) there is. Chances are there will be more bone than meat on it if it was just a pet quality rabbit than used for showing or breeding show rabbits. If it is an older rabbit, cook it slow and at low temp for a long time. Even then it will likely be kind of chewy.

My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.
VBC  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 6:22:20 PM EST
I would try a 24 hour salt brine.

RJGatling  [Member]
11/1/2011 6:25:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By acpchuck:
My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.


Seansworth  [Team Member]
11/1/2011 6:32:14 PM EST
Originally Posted By junkxp:


Looks under cooked put it back in the oven.


acpchuck  [Member]
11/2/2011 4:38:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By RJGatling:
Originally Posted By acpchuck:
My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".
Rudolf_Diesel  [Team Member]
11/2/2011 4:43:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By IndustrialRescue:
There's an add in the local paper for Free Lop Ear Rabbits. I'm thinking it could fill the freezer, assuming they're any good.


You don't want adults. Once they mature the hormones give them a gamey taste. You want to butcher them as fryers.

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