Minnesota Musing: Squirrels - They're Jerks and They Are Going to be Jerky

Updated on March 4, 2018
Squirrel chewing on a black walnut
Squirrel chewing on a black walnut
collected black walnuts
collected black walnuts
black walnuts yet to be picked up
black walnuts yet to be picked up

How Many Ways to Prepare Squirrel Jerky are There?

I googled squirrel jerky, because I thought I was being clever and original. Well, guess what, I'm a day late and a dollar short. There are over 600,000 pages on squirrel jerky.

Not only are there pages, but there are forums. Hunters actually congregate to discuss preparation of the little monsters. My hubby calls them tree rats. He procured a few and cooked them by boiling. Years ago, he and his friend cooked them on the grill. They were hard to eat. Almost impossible.

Jerky Mix

A sliced black walnut
A sliced black walnut
I slice them various thickness. This one is very thin.
I slice them various thickness. This one is very thin.
This is what the squirrels and some people are after. The nutmeat.
This is what the squirrels and some people are after. The nutmeat.
Do you see the bird?
Do you see the bird?
Me, getting creative and making Christmas tree ornaments
Me, getting creative and making Christmas tree ornaments
Squirrels do not always get along with each other
Squirrels do not always get along with each other
They eat walnuts all winter long
They eat walnuts all winter long
These are black walnut trees.
These are black walnut trees.

Collecting Nuts

In the past few years, I have attempted to collect black walnuts by the barrel. I was able to pick up enough to fill three 55 gallon drums. I had a cover on them but for some reason, when there was a lot of wind, the cover would lift up and fall on the ground. Then, you would see the little squirrel sitting on top of the barrel, chewing on the nuts that I had in there.

I was not very happy about that. Millions of nuts on the ground and here it was, in my barrel, chewing on my freshly picked up nuts. It was an outrage.

Buckets

At one point, in the year, my aunt and uncle had scooped up walnuts in their yard and placed them in pails and boxes. They brought them to me and left them at my house. The squirrels worked hard to move them from the boxes into the walls of our old shed.

If you stood next to the building, you could hear them rolling the nuts in the walls. I threatened to pull the wall down and get my nuts back, upon occasion. Yes. Those little varmints were jerks to me.

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        Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        OH! LMAO! GOOD one! They do scamper like Speedy Gonzalez! Hyper little creatures!!

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        Char Milbrett 2 months ago from Minnesota

        Paula: Oh, it's time for a squirrel joke. I was crossing the gravel road to get to my mail box, and here comes a car driving down the road to my left. It was coming at some speed, so I ran to one side of the road to get out of its way. It switched to my side of the road, so I ran to the other side of the road. Then, it switched directions and I ran back to the mailbox side of the road. I thought I was going to get hit, but I made it back to the mail box. The car stopped, and the window rolled down. There was a squirrel inside. He said, "So, it wasn't as easy as I make it look, was it?" :)

        Have a great day!

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        Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        LOL....

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        Char Milbrett 2 months ago from Minnesota

        Paula, A squirrel could never divide us! Well, even it it did try, we'd stand together, strong and determined... teeth clenched and all of that...:)

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        Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        LOL...Char. Well, I certainly hope so! I'd hate for a squirrel to come between us!! LOL

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        Char Milbrett 2 months ago from Minnesota

        Thanks for your comment, Paula. Smile: I think we can be friends.

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        Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        YUK YUK YUK!!! LOL. So sorry folks. Just the mere thought of eating squirrel is inconceivable to me! I see them every single day, scurrying throughout the yard, up and down trees, chattering away, working & playing.

        If they are tasty, I'll NEVER know. Peace, Paula

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        Char Milbrett 2 months ago from Minnesota

        Thanks for your comment, Larry Rankin. I cannot say that squirrel meat has been a favorite of mine, but some people say it is very tasty.

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        Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

        You know, somehow I've never managed to get a chance to eat squirrel meat, which is odd living where I live.

        Interesting read.

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