We had quite a lot of rabbit when I was growing up, we lived in a rural community and rabbits were seen as pests and food not cute fluffy things. A friend of ours bred rabbits for eating on his farm and often gave us one. My mum made rabbit pie, rabbit stew, jugged hare, roast rabbit.....
It tastes nice but there are a lot of small bones so it is fiddly to eat and as an adult I just can't be bothered! The taste is a fairly strong gamey one, nothing like chicken, and it shouldn't be tough if it has been properly butchered and hung. Same goes for most game meats really!
My first husband's mother cooked it once when I was there, I was not used to it and was mortified to think of the little rabbit in a stew! I remember it being a strong flavour and quite an aroma...no not for me again
Mum used to raost rabbit when we were young. I have a vague memory from when I was around 10 of roast rabbit being carved at the table. It was the worry of Myxomatosis that removed rabitr from the table.
I think its a waste of an animal to eat rabbit because there is so little meat on it. I have eaten it before an it was ok. The Legs are great for stewing and the breast is great sauteed or given a nice sear in butter .
my mother would bake the rabbits or make a stew yummy , that was a long time ago. then the rabbits were infected with Myxomatosis, it was introduced to kill the rabbits as they were in plaque proportions and people then stopped eating them. Rabbit farms sprung up but these rabbits were never very popular for the table
The rabbit farm that was near where I live had a reasonably good trade with restaurants in Adelaide. They also sold their meat in the Adelaide Central Market. But as I wrote elsewhere, their business has closed. I'm not sure where I can get rabbit meat from now, unless my husband was able to shoot and butcher one of the wild ones living close by (which by the way would never happen).
I used to eat rabbit as a child, and again as an adult. I agree that rabbit tastes quite like chicken. It's a relatively lean meat, I think, and has been 'farmed' in various country areas. I can remember eating lovely 'rabbit schnitzels' about ten years ago, when there was a rabbit farm quite close to where I live. The rabbits were raised indoors, and cared for to grow them, and then humanely slaughtered and butchered.
The business has closed down now, I'm not sure why. But I can definitely say that rabbits have not been wiped out by disease in my part of South Australia, I see many of them where I live, hopping across the road.
When I had my beautiful, British Blue cat, for a treat, every now & again, I'd cook him rabbit in the pressure cooker.
He would sit on the kitchen floor, looking up at appliance, & when it 'popped its' top' he would come & find me, yowling to me 'rabbit's cooked, mum'.
He then had to wait until it cooled, but I'd speed up the process by putting ice cubes on his portions, so he could eat straight away!
He absolutely adored his rabbit.
He was literally 'skin & bones' when he came into my life when he was two, according to Vet. I'd NEVER seen a cat SO thin....poor littl' fella.....
I had him for 19half years', when his kidneys' failed, probably as a result of neglect from kitten to two years' old. So he was 21half when he died. That was 29 years' ago & I still miss him terribly.
Even though I've had little furry friends' since, somehow he meant much more to me. RIP my darlin' boy.
Yes. Mum cooked rabbit once when we were younger. She told us it was chicken but I was suspicious as there were many small bones. I can't recall it tasting any different to chicken. Only last week I saw rabbit for sale at Pendle Hill meat market for $23.00 but I wouldn't cook it. My husband's brother in Germany used to breed rabbits for show and they were huge. I asked what he did with them when no longer showing and was told they eat them.