Cooking Rabbit

There's a lot of benefits to cooking rabbit meat compared to other standard meat choices like beef, pork, turkey or even chicken.

Whether you're considering raising a few rabbits on your own or you're just interested in purchasing some from a local farm, rabbit meat tastes great and even better......it's really healthy to eat!

Don't let harsh critics fool you.  

Domestic rabbit meat does not taste "gamey" or have that "wild" flavor so many people dislike.  

Sure, wild rabbit may taste a little more gamey than a domestic rabbit but even a properly cooked wild rabbit can create a delicious meal.  

A lot of people are hesitant to try rabbit meat for the first time because it's different.  

However, once you try it you're going to love it........plus it's good for you!

Cooking Rabbit Compared To Other Meats

Okay, we've already stated that rabbit meat is healthy, but just how healthy is it? Take a look at this chart that compares rabbit meat to other popular meats found at your local grocery store.

Type Of Meat


Rabbit..................................................


Chicken................................................


Turkey.................................................


Beef......................................................


Pork.....................................................

Calories Per Pound


795


810


1,190


1,440


2,050


Rabbit meat is a delicate white meat that has very little fat.  Although it's appearance is similar to chicken, rabbit meat has a finer grain which makes it a little bit chewier but also more filling.  

What's the most popular way to cook rabbit?  Most people agree low and slow is the best!  By cooking rabbit slowly over a low heat (typically described as braising) it creates a meat so tender it's hard to resist.  

Where To Find Rabbit Meat

Interested in purchasing some rabbit meat but not sure where to find it? Although some grocery stores do sell whole frozen rabbits in the frozen food section, it may not be common in your area.

One of the easiest ways to purchase domestic rabbit meat is through a local farm where they raise and process rabbits for domestic consumption.  Local hobby farms are often the best places to look.

Not sure how to find a local provider?  Check out localharvest.org where you can enter a city near you and see a list of local providers in your area. You'll be surprised how many options are out there!

Overall

From soups, to stews, to casseroles and even jerky..........there's a lot of great ways to cook rabbit.  

Whether you raise your own rabbits behind your house or buy them from a local farm, don't hesitate to broaden your meat selection by adding a delicious and healthy rabbit to your next meal.


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