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 Post subject: how to clean cook rattlesnake
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:25 pm 
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I live in socal and rattlesnakes can be found pretty easy I have had it before and loved it but have never taken any myself. I was wondering how you clean them and if anyone has any recipes they want to pass along thanks




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 Post subject: Re: how to clean cook rattlesnake
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:34 pm 
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I almost stepped on a timber rattler bird hunting in South Carolina and regretted not keeping the meat. I skinned it for a hat band and the meat looked much like raw chicken breast. If I had known what to do with it I would have liked to have tried it.

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 Post subject: Re: how to clean cook rattlesnake
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:00 pm 
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Skin and clean it as mentioned. Brine, season, bread and fry just like you do fresh fish or chicken


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 Post subject: Re: how to clean cook rattlesnake
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:20 am 
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Prefer to "clean" them with 1 1/8 oz. #8 12 ga. load.


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 Post subject: Re: how to clean cook rattlesnake
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:47 pm 
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yea that's how I had it fried like chicken it was pretty good that's why im thinking about going and getting some


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 Post subject: Re: how to clean cook rattlesnake
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:10 pm 
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Around my house in Arizona we shoot them, skin them to make a hat band and use the meat to feed the coyotes. Then I'm hungry and go to the restaurant to get some real food. I hate them slithering, poisonous things!


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 Post subject: Re: how to clean cook rattlesnake
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:15 pm 
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I eat them all the time. This is my exact method. I may be slightly over precautious, but I am still here.
After killing one, I cut at least 4 inches of neck off with the head. Just in case the shot has allowed any of the poison to seep out of the head into the throat or anything, this makes me think I am safer.
I soak the skinned meat in buttermilk or whole milk and lemon juice for at least 4 hours.
I then parboil the 5 inch pieces of meat for 4 minutes in rolling boil water. Allow to cool.
Season with Tony C's or whatever you like, then drizzle with a little lemon juice.
Dip the pieces in milk and egg wash, then roll in seasoned flour.
Using an oil safe thermometer, heat peanut oil to between 300 and 350 degrees.
Fry pieces watching the bubbles coming to the top of the oil. When the bubbles reduce by at least half, remove from the oil and serve hot with jalapeno ranch dressing, or sugar pickled jalapeno slices.

I served some to some friends of the family and they did not believe it was rattler till they were done eating and looked at the bones.


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 Post subject: Re: how to clean cook rattlesnake
PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:49 pm 
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woodward wrote:
Prefer to "clean" them with 1 1/8 oz. #8 12 ga. load.

x2, Hate snakes. {hs#

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 Post subject: Re: how to clean cook rattlesnake
PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:11 am 
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There's a traditional snake soup from Hong Kong - not sure exactly what type of snake they use over there, but the California version is made from rattlesnake. You can find it in a lot of Chinese restaurants in L.A., but you usually have to ask, as it's often not listed on the menu, at least not on the English part. I don't have a recipe for it, but if you can find one, it's absolutely delicious.




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