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

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

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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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