OMG! I wanted to BARF!!

  1. Yesterday a few classmates and the instructor were discussing how they have cooked and eaten squirrel brains! Well, this NY born "gourmet" wanted to hurl!!! Living here in the South has sure opened my eyes to some new and different "taste treats"! So.....what is the strangest thing you have ever heard of or have tried? (food wise, that is!)
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  3. by   Nurse Ker-Ker
    Don't be so sure that's a "Southern thing". I've lived in GA all my life and know plenty of people that eat squirrel MEAT, but not brains. Pig brains, however.....
  4. by   subec
    Hey Nurse Ker-Ker---

    Have you ever eaten fat back? My grandmother and my dad were born and raised in GA, and I have great memories of my grandmother teaching me to cook several "southern" dishes. However, squirrel brains was NOT one of them----thank goodness.

    In answer to your question NICURNtobe---the strangest thing I have eaten has to be chitlins (is that how you spell it?), and yes, this was one of those "dishes" that I watched my grandmother cook. YUCK!!!!!
    Im sorry but I was raised in the south and I have yet to eat squirrel brains , Now I have eaten squirrel with gravy and biscuts, but not the brains. The strangest thing I have ever eaten was when I was posted in South Africa , and I ate what I thought was a crunchy ( I thought pork rind) well come to find out it was a Mealy worm fried. Well it didnt stay down long at all once I learned what it was , but its a Zulu tradition, and they wonder why there arent that many Zulus left?
  6. by   Stargazer
    subec--what IS fatback, anyway? I've always wondered.
  7. by   Nurse Ratched
    I remember reading in the past several years about a couple of hunters in KY who died of a variation of CJD from eating squirrel brains in a stew called "burgoo" (mad squirrel disease?) I'm passing on that one!
  8. by   Mkue
    Oh gross no, I've never tried squirrel brains..

    I wouldn't even touch a fried frog leg.. even if it had chocolate on it.. ooooww.

    My Father has been known to eat "muskrat".. that is


    Now I need something to settle my stomach. Where's some chocolate?

  10. by   ekianurse
    It's called "back fat" and comes from a pig. If that is what you're thinking of. Pigs are rated on their back fat; that is, it is not a good thing to have alot. That's coming from an ex-Pork queen.
  11. by   bandaidexpert
    Don't forget the hog nuts! Excuse me, Rocky Mountain Oysters. I am also from the south and never heard of eating squirrel brains. heather's right fork over the chocolate.
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i am from the south and don't eat that! yuck!
  13. by   shay
    Pickled pig snouts.......I have never eaten them, only gagged when I saw them in the grocery store.......little noses pressed up against the glass in the jar........

  14. by   live4today
    originally posted by lpn,future, rn
    i am from the south and don't eat that! yuck!
    me either stephany, and i am from the north...midwest actually...ohio.

    i have never heard of eating anything squirrel before! learn something new everyday, eh? :chuckle

    i do luv chitterlings....but ony have it when someone else cooks it, and only eat it about once a year at thanksgiving or christmas....if that often. it's been years since i've had any though. use to get them quite often as a child since my parents loved them, their families loved them, and since i had a lot of relatives, i ate a lot of chitterlings. if they are cooked right, they are delicious to me......hubby can't stand them though.

    as for my family of families, that was something used to cook greens with. you all know what greens are, don't you?
    collard greens and kale greens are my favorites...yummy... but do not like mustard greens or turnip greens...yucky!