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2012-07-16 12:12:42 PM
Oh, possums.
 
2012-07-16 12:12:55 PM
That is disgusting.
 
2012-07-16 12:13:06 PM
potassium

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2012-07-16 12:13:13 PM
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2012-07-16 12:13:21 PM
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/Approves
 
2012-07-16 12:14:08 PM

ChipNASA: [j.wigflip.com image 320x240]


Dammit. Beat me to it

/shakes tiny fist

//Thread Over
 
2012-07-16 12:14:16 PM
When you're cooking possum, how do you know whether it's dead or just pretending to be?
 
2012-07-16 12:17:56 PM
That's all fine and dandy, but how much bacteria will it put in my gut?
 
2012-07-16 12:21:44 PM
"There he is"
 
2012-07-16 12:22:02 PM
I heard its very gristly.
 
2012-07-16 12:27:15 PM
RIP, Possum.
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2012-07-16 12:27:57 PM
www.funnypictures.net.au

/oblig
 
2012-07-16 12:28:18 PM
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2012-07-16 12:29:17 PM
I had possum once when I was a kid. Believe it or not, it was quite good.
 
2012-07-16 12:29:37 PM
disapproves
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2012-07-16 12:31:16 PM

ackb4r: I heard its very gristly.


It's greasy and stringy. Not my first choice, but I'd eat it if I were hungry.

Back when I was growing up, we had an iron-clad rule at the house: You shoot it, you gotta eat it. One night, I shot a possum. That's how I know.
 
2012-07-16 12:31:31 PM
j.wigflip.com
 
2012-07-16 12:31:48 PM
In the comments, Andrew Zimmern suggests trapping the possum, purging it for three days, then maybe eating part of it carpaccio (?!)

Now I love sashimi, but there is no way I am eating the flesh of a forest critter carpaccio.
 
2012-07-16 12:34:05 PM

dittybopper: ackb4r: I heard its very gristly.

It's greasy and stringy. Not my first choice, but I'd eat it if I were hungry.

Back when I was growing up, we had an iron-clad rule at the house: You shoot it, you gotta eat it. One night, I shot a possum. That's how I know.


I bet you never shot one again :)
 
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2012-07-16 12:35:25 PM
 
2012-07-16 12:36:44 PM
I had this old guy in the cab I was driving, telling me a story about eating opossum, can't remember his exact words, but after cooking it for a long time and when served on a plate in front of him.."it's still growling at me".
 
2012-07-16 12:40:09 PM
Upon getting married, I received my Grandmother's copy of "The American Woman's Cookbook" circa the 1930's. Several of the recipes in there call for "1 to 2 opossum." My husband and I just laughed thinking it couldn't be serious because who eats opossum. Apparently, we were wrong....
 
2012-07-16 12:40:53 PM

dittybopper: ackb4r: I heard its very gristly.

It's greasy and stringy. Not my first choice, but I'd eat it if I were hungry.

Back when I was growing up, we had an iron-clad rule at the house: You shoot it, you gotta eat it. One night, I shot a possum. That's how I know.


The way I had it was that it was, as the FA noted, first parboiled and then slowly roasted on a bed of collard greens. It wasn't stringy, but it was a little greasy. We had the same rule in my home: you shoot it, you eat it. Hunting was not for sport.
 
2012-07-16 12:41:38 PM
for several months i trapped lots of them. didn't eat any though.
 
2012-07-16 12:42:25 PM
Boil it for two hours, then bake it for two hours on low heat with some sweet potatoes.
*sigh*
I've been in Tennessee WAY too long!
 
2012-07-16 12:43:11 PM
Or was that the raccoon recipe?
I keep getting them confused.
 
2012-07-16 12:43:20 PM
Fark headline says possum, cnn headline says opossum, shows picture of possum, the written part switches it up, and Andrew Zimmern is a farking idiot. Carpaccio? That sounds like a fantastic way to get parasites.
 
2012-07-16 12:45:22 PM
Too hissy....limbs too small....way below my dietary standards....
 
2012-07-16 12:45:53 PM

Cyno01: Fark headline says possum, cnn headline says opossum, shows picture of possum, the written part switches it up, and Andrew Zimmern is a farking idiot. Carpaccio? That sounds like a fantastic way to get parasites.


Beef Carpaccio is delicious and safe to eat when made by a decent restaurant. Opossum Carpaccio on the other hand is basically fresh road kill and you couldn't PAY me enough to eat it.
 
2012-07-16 12:46:14 PM

dittybopper: ackb4r: I heard its very gristly.

It's greasy and stringy. Not my first choice, but I'd eat it if I were hungry.

Back when I was growing up, we had an iron-clad rule at the house: You shoot it, you gotta eat it. One night, I shot a possum. That's how I know.


Use to work cattle for this one guy when I was growing up. It was usually a two day affair with the wives cooking epic meals for lunch. One of the old timers who was too old to work the cattle, bbq-ed all kinds of things. Opossum was one of them, along with raccoon, nutria, garfish and the regular things like chicken, pork and beef. No smorgasbord of food since could be matched in both quantity and quality. It was all good.
 
2012-07-16 12:48:26 PM

anniesmom: I've been in Tennessee WAY too long!


You know how you can tell you've been in Tennessee WAY too long?

Your hairdo was ruined by a ceiling fan.

You go to your family reunion to pick up a date.

You think the last four words of the Star Spangled Banner are "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!"

/and, of course, you have three recipes for possum
 
2012-07-16 12:49:29 PM
Never had it but I'd say bbq low n slow with a tasty sauce is probably a good way to do just about any animal. I think I would try any non-pet animal at least once.
 
2012-07-16 12:52:38 PM

Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii: Cyno01: Fark headline says possum, cnn headline says opossum, shows picture of possum, the written part switches it up, and Andrew Zimmern is a farking idiot. Carpaccio? That sounds like a fantastic way to get parasites.

Beef Carpaccio is delicious and safe to eat when made by a decent restaurant. Opossum Carpaccio on the other hand is basically fresh road kill and you couldn't PAY me enough to eat it.


Absolutely, that was my point, nobody said anything about beef.

Andrew Zimmern✔
@andrewzimmern
@kittenwithawhip Possum? Trap. Purge for 3 days on carrots etc. butcher, clean off skin/fat. Braise, then bbq and sauce. Or carpaccio
 
2012-07-16 01:05:20 PM

JackieRabbit: Hunting was not for sport.


Same here, but over the years, I've reconsidered that position.

There are three main kinds of hunting: Market hunting, subsistence hunting, and sport hunting. Of those three, only sport hunting has a record of actually *INCREASING* game species, instead of decreasing them.

Unregulated market and subsistence hunting, on the other hand, almost always lead to a decrease in the population of a species. It wasn't sport hunting that killed off the Dodo, or the passenger pigeon, or nearly wiped out the bison and tiger. It was market and subsistence hunting. Chauncey Uppercrust, sitting on a howdah and hunting tigers wasn't responsible for their decline, it was limp-dicked Chinese men willing to pay huge sums of money for 'traditional viagra' that led to them being poached, because tiger parts were valuable economically.

It was the increased popularity of sport hunting which has brought back the Whitetail Deer, the Black Bear, the Wild Turkey, the Elk, and the Moose, among other species, from the brink of destruction. That increase in sport hunting led to calls for regulations which banned market hunting and which brought subsistence hunting under the same regulatory umbrella as sport hunting.

So I don't get as pissed off about pure trophy hunters as I used to, because they are the ones responsible for preserving habitat, helping to assure the survival of not only the game species themselves, but every other animal that shares their habitat.

So, if you've got an endangered species of charismatic megafauna, open them up to sport hunting. Sounds counter-intuitive, but if you convince enough people that they are worthy trophy animals, they will spend gobs of money to preserve the species, and to improve and extent their habitat, so that they can have more and better opportunities to hunt them.
 
2012-07-16 01:14:29 PM
Well, you know what they say about opossum innards.....they taste just as good the next day.
 
2012-07-16 01:14:57 PM

Apos: Too hissy....limbs too small....way below my dietary standards....


Not to mention those sharp knees teeth. I definitely would NOT eat it.
 
2012-07-16 01:17:17 PM
My Granddad's partner in crime and swapping lies was an old, leathery tobacco farmer weened during the Great Depression. He would trap possums in his garden, keep them penned for a week or so, and feed them apple cores to "clean them out" before cooking and eating them. I never had the balls to try it.

Same tough old bird would paint his toenails with Mercurochrome to get rid of toenail fungus.

/and yes, I just felt like sharing
 
2012-07-16 01:22:37 PM
I've only had it bbq'd. Not bad; a tad greasy though. I'd recommend that it was at least worth a try.
 
2012-07-16 01:23:10 PM
And they didn't include a recipe for pickled owls eggs to go with it.
 
2012-07-16 01:23:35 PM

xxmedium: My Granddad's partner in crime and swapping lies was an old, leathery tobacco farmer weened during the Great Depression. He would trap possums in his garden, keep them penned for a week or so, and feed them apple cores to "clean them out" before cooking and eating them. I never had the balls to try it.

Same tough old bird would paint his toenails with Mercurochrome to get rid of toenail fungus.

/and yes, I just felt like sharing


I'm old enough to remember that stuff. My mother nicknamed it "Monkey Blood". To be honest, there were two of these medicines back then, Mercurochrome and (I know I have the spelling wrong on this) Mithalade or something to that effect. One of them burned like all hell when it was applied. It got to where I wouldn't tell my mother when I got cuts because the farking stuff she put on me hurt worse than the cut.
 
2012-07-16 01:28:57 PM
Possums. Skinned and gutted.
Parsnips, chives, leeks, cattail tubers, and some rhubarb.
Parboil possums to degrease them or roast them in a covered pot on a rack over your wood stove or hearth side.
Reserve grease for roux for gravy and or soap.
Return possums to pot, minus the grease, and cover with water.
Add diced up parsnips, cattail tubers, and rhubarb, with minced chives and leeks.
If you need salt, go cut a chunk off that salt lick in the field.
If you need pepper, there's a mushroom for that.

Serve when the meat is off the bone, and the marrow is in the stew.
 
2012-07-16 01:33:58 PM
Don't see why everyone is so grossed out. In New Zealand they actually farm the things on possum ranches. The fur is also amazing for keeping warm and dry - in a country covered with sheep, they prefer cloth made from possum over wool. Its really that much better.

/actually wearing possum blend socks right now.
 
2012-07-16 01:50:38 PM

CliChe Guevara: Don't see why everyone is so grossed out. In New Zealand they actually farm the things on possum ranches. The fur is also amazing for keeping warm and dry - in a country covered with sheep, they prefer cloth made from possum over wool. Its really that much better.

/actually wearing possum blend socks right now.


Because possums and opossums (like the article is talking about, i think, despite the wrong picture) are two different animals. Believe me, opossums are very gross.
 
2012-07-16 01:51:23 PM
otherwise known as the obama food plan.
 
2012-07-16 01:52:01 PM
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You want to trap your possum not shoot it, so you can feed it corn for two full weeks before you cook it. If you don't do this don't blame me if it's not delicious.
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Also I'm not sure that's a photo of a possum in the article. Doesn't look like the ones around here.
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2012-07-16 01:55:12 PM
I just learned the other day that opossums are new world critters, while possums (without the "o") are the old world ones (in Asia, Australia, etc.).
 
2012-07-16 01:56:07 PM

HailRobonia: I just learned the other day that opossums are new world critters, while possums (without the "o") are the old world ones (in Asia, Australia, etc.).


Outside of both being Marsupials they are not really related.
 
2012-07-16 01:59:15 PM

bim1154: xxmedium: My Granddad's partner in crime and swapping lies was an old, leathery tobacco farmer weened during the Great Depression. He would trap possums in his garden, keep them penned for a week or so, and feed them apple cores to "clean them out" before cooking and eating them. I never had the balls to try it.

Same tough old bird would paint his toenails with Mercurochrome to get rid of toenail fungus.

/and yes, I just felt like sharing

I'm old enough to remember that stuff. My mother nicknamed it "Monkey Blood". To be honest, there were two of these medicines back then, Mercurochrome and (I know I have the spelling wrong on this) Mithalade or something to that effect. One of them burned like all hell when it was applied. It got to where I wouldn't tell my mother when I got cuts because the farking stuff she put on me hurt worse than the cut.


The other one was Merthiolate. The one that burned was the one mixed with alcohol.
 
2012-07-16 02:04:28 PM
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I call the big one 'Bitey'
 
2012-07-16 02:04:44 PM
My two opossum experiences.

My dad hit one when I was kid, stopped the car to make sure it was dead, and if not put it out of its misery. He flipped it over and its pouch came open and it was full of squirming, hairless little babies. I still shudder when I think about it. Ugh.


A few years ago I went out to my car, getting ready to go to work, and there was an opossum sitting on the roof of my car. Whenever I would get close it would hiss, I tried to shoo it off, scare it, etc, and it would not move. Just sit there and hiss at me.

I went inside my house, looking for anything I could find to scare it with, and finally settled on my swiffer wet jet.

Needless to say, after getting a snoot full of cleaning fluid it hightailed it away.
 
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