Last night we ate the first of Captain Janeway's bunnies.
Raw bunny meat is light pink in color. It looks very much like raw chicken meat from the store.
There are endless recipes showing how to cook meat with heaps of other ingredients so you don't really have to taste it, the general theme of most wild game recipes. We decided to take the opposite approach, to really taste it, and enjoy it for what it is. Paula cooked the meat simply on the grill, medium rare, with salt and pepper and some olive oil.
The cooked meat was golden and it smelled wonderful. The texture was light, delicate, slightly stiffer than chicken. The individual pieces were a nice size for individual portions.
There is a common joke that everything "tastes like chicken". That is absolutely not true of bunny meat.
The flavor was very similar to that of a T-bone steak. It seemed odd, eating what looked like chicken but tasted like steak. The unfamiliarity of the bone structure added to the newness of the experience.
I rolled a few bites of mine in a bit of barbecue sauce that Paula made last season. It was fantastic.
The dogs are going to love bunny nights. The upper torso of the bunny is one big chunk of spine and ribs. The ribs are barely more than cartilage but they actually have a fair bit of meat so we cooked it up and divided it between the dogs. They ate every single bit, enthusiastically.
Bunnies are yummy. They have become a welcome addition to our farm cuisine.
Overall, bunnies are easier to keep, breed, and maintain than chickens. They make more meat faster, on less feed. They are quiet and easy to manage. They don't smell as bad as chickens. They are easier to kill and process than chickens, by far.
I now consider bunnies a must for anyone attempting to become a little more independent by producing some of their own food. Bunnies are easier and cheaper than chickens and the meat from farm raised bunnies is much better than the meat from farm raised chickens, which are not at all like the fluffy white meat-foam you get at the store.
My only regret is that we didn't get bunnies sooner. They're so easy they're practically free food.
Thu Mar 11 2021 at 2:59pm UTC
Bunnies are a bit different from people or dogs. Instead of ovulating on some biological clock, bunnies ovulate when they have sex. So, the more times they do it in a session, the better the chance for babies.
Paula read that you have to bring the females to the male's cage. If you take the male to their house, he may get curious and start looking around instead of doing what he's there for. That can lead to great frustration in the female and she may bite his pecker off.
Last Saturday was Tom's lucky day. He got a personal visit from Captain Janeway and from Patches, the young doe.
Both females were quite receptive, much more so than B'Ellana. Tom humped each of them three times successfully. Dude did it six times in a row. He was visibly exhausted and panting at the end.
None of the females went home frustrated.
Thu Mar 11 2021 at 2:40pm UTC
The time came and went, no babies. I guess the only pregnant one got slaughtered.
Sat Feb 27 2021 at 1:08am UTC
Captain Janeway had her first batch of babies late last fall. She had six, who have since grown to adulthood and then some.
Before we slaughtered them, we decided to give B'Elanna another try with Tom. She was not very receptive the first time and seemed to be a dud. They chased each other around for a while which got us curious. We decided to look, having finally learned how to sex these critters.
Oops! B'Elanna is a boy. The people we got them from must have sexed him incorrectly. Or perhaps he decided to be a different gender.
The final slaughter included B'Elanna and five of Janeway's kids. We kept one female to breed with Tom. There could be inbreeding issues but we only plan to use the babies for meat; it won't matter if they're retards.
We were too slow getting around to slaughtering them. The girls were already pregnant, possibly including Janeway.
Poor Tom missed out on all the action this time around, only got a shot at trans B'Elanna. He tried like hell, humped herhim for all he was worth, but it just didn't work.