You really should attempt to expand your culinary horizons beyond Sonic and frozen chicken pot pies. Weren't you raised in muskrat mecca?
Embrace the rat!
Once the toughest ticket in town, muskrat dinners still in demand in Salem County
In parts of South Jersey, January is the month for Muskrat dinners.
For more than 75 years, the fire company in Lower Alloways Creek, in Salem County has been holding its dinner. Tickets were once so sought after that regulars had to pass away before new people could attend.
In this section of South Jersey, eating muskrat was originally just an outgrowth of the market for furs. Trappers could earn a lot more money selling fur pelts and they would sell the meat just to make a little side money. One of the first things long-time muskrat aficionados will say is it does not taste like chicken.
CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Rainy and blustery weather did not stop hundreds of people on Sunday from going outside to celebrate the 8th Annual Crawfish Boil and Muskrat Stew Fest in Cambridge.
This Cambridge tradition attracts people from all across Delmarva. Visitors can enjoy all sorts of delicious food like boiled crawfish, raw oyster, crawfish cake and even barbecue muskrat at the event.
“The muskrat is part of the history and heritage of Dorchester County in Cambridge, Maryland so we like to just celebrate that this time of the year when we have the national outdoors show Friday and Saturday night with the World Championship Muskrat Skinning Contest,” said Graffius.
In a recent listing of tasty furbearers, muskrat was number 3 right behind beaver tail and seal. Muskrat fur is not as wildly popular today as it once was, but it’s still the most trapped furbearer, accounting for 35% of animals taken in the US and 28% in Canada.
There are many ways to prepare muskrat including:
or, if you just want to take baby steps, try some muskrat pot pie