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Old 03-11-2010, 11:23 PM
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I did a search and found some old threads dating back to 2007 concerning Nutria recipes. I'm looking for information on cleaning them. From what I hear, they have a membrane that must be removed properly or the meat is ruined. Does anyone have experience that give details on the process?

This link has pictures of how to butcher it once cleaned. Just wondering if I am missing anything vital.

We figure to use it for crawfish and gator bait but also food depending on supply, which in Southern Louisiana should be plentiful.
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I did a search and found some old threads dating back to 2007 concerning Nutria recipes. I'm looking for information on cleaning them. From what I hear, they have a membrane that must be removed properly or the meat is ruined. Does anyone have experience that give details on the process?

This link has pictures of how to butcher it once cleaned. Just wondering if I am missing anything vital.

We figure to use it for crawfish and gator bait but also food depending on supply, which in Southern Louisiana should be plentiful.
If you are currently in South Louisiana, YOu should have no trouble finding someone who can answer your questions. Contact your the ag. department. the local equvilant of the county extentsion office (parish extenstion office?), check the yellow pages for a animal/pest control service and talk to them.
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I would kinda like to try this recipe from your link.

Nutria Sausage

Recipe by: Chef Enola Prudhomme

2 pounds nutria meat
1 pound pork meat
10 1/2 ounces potato, peeled
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons Enola's Secret Seasoning (or Creole Seasoning)
1 teaspoon sage

Ground nutria and pork with potato. Add all other ingredients; mix well. If using bar-b-que pit to smoke, build fire on one side of pit. Place sausage on the other side of pit; this will allow smoke to get to sausage without cooking too fast. If you have used bacon fat, put on your fire. This will create lots of smoke. This will take less time to get a good smoke taste. Let sausage smoke 1 hour and 15 minutes; turn; let smoke 1 hour, then remove from pit and let cool.

Makes 4 pounds, 5 ounces.
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If you are currently in South Louisiana, YOu should have no trouble finding someone who can answer your questions. Contact your the ag. department. the local equvilant of the county extentsion office (parish extenstion office?), check the yellow pages for a animal/pest control service and talk to them.
Thanks for the suggestions on the pest control. I am going to give those a try. This wasn't a spur of the moment question. I've asked multiple old school Cajuns out here and replies have ranged from a mix of horror at the thought of eating them to stories about trying Nutria once when someone made it and what they thought of the taste.

Parish extensions and such are probably out. I've gone to the parish for a few things, permits for installing a well, generator bypass and some others. Next time I have a question for a parish employee, I'm just going to beat my head against a wall. It will probably be more effective.
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The nutria has sent gland on their hind legs just like the muskrat and the beaver. These glands are easy to see and must be removed before they leak all over the meat.

Other than that these animals should be butchered like a rabbit or a chicken, just cut at the joints and bake the meat with mushroom soup.
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Save yourself the trouble and just use it for gator and crawfish bait. In my opinion one shouldnt eat any rodent other than squirrel unless you absolutely have to. It'll most likely taste horrible as I've heard multiple times about nutria, and who knows what diseases it could have. It's diet is basically that of garbage and dead things, which can contain all kinds of bad news especially in the bayou. Rabbits are lagamorphs and not rodents...that was for any know it all that may post after me.
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what the heck is a nutria?
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It's diet is basically that of garbage and dead things, which can contain all kinds of bad news especially in the bayou.
It's an herbivore, which means it eats plants, in this case mostly wetlands plants.
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thanks...looks quite like a beaver, but a lot smaller.
i watch beavers from my home and sometimes swim with them in my swimming hole.
a beaver can get to 40lbs.

many old trappers in this area lived on beaver over the winter.
beaver fur was a major reason for the development of western canada.
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For goodness sake. I'm approaching 100 years old and I had never heard of one of these critters.
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I'd eat one.




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They look an awful lot like overgrown muskrats to me. I have read that people, including native americans, used to eat both muskrats and beaver. Beaver and Nutria both belong to the genus Castor and are thus related. Both have paired scent or castor glands located adjacent to the anus (anatomically located similar to perianal glands in a dog or skunk) and I would guess that these need to be carefully removed when butchering the carcass. Rupturing the glands would probably make the meat taste quite nasty. But then there's no accounting for some people's taste. Although muskrats are not as closely related to Nutria (Genus Ondatra), they have musky smelling scent glands in the same location.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/v3885433m11j56rj/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskrat
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thanks...looks quite like a beaver, but a lot smaller.
i watch beavers from my home and sometimes swim with them in my swimming hole.
a beaver can get to 40lbs.

many old trappers in this area lived on beaver over the winter.
beaver fur was a major reason for the development of western canada.
My tongue is bleeding as a result of biting it so hard...
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