Butchering rabbits

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by caroline00, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    we are butchering rabbits on shares starting next week.
    the only problem my husband has is cutting thru the ankle joint when skinning the rabbit. How do you find and make a clean cut thru the joint? Thanks!
     
  2. Al. Countryboy

    Al. Countryboy Well-Known Member

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    I cut between the tendon and the bone and hang my rabbits on a hook through this opening. I pull the skin down over the body down the joints in the front legs and snip them off with a paint of wire snippers, then off with the head. The rabbit is gutted and rabbit cut up into pieces while hanging by this one leg. The feet and head stays attached to the skin with no hair on the meat. I also wet down the fur before I start skinning. This keeps hair down also.
     

  3. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I use a good strong pair of poultry scissors.

    Pat Lamar
    President
    Professional Rabbit Meat Association
    http://www.prma.org/
    Chairperson, ARBA Commercial Department Committee
     
  4. Thatch

    Thatch Well-Known Member

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    I just grab and pull.... generally the skin just tears at that point without a cut at all. If the rabbits are older and the skin there for tougher I'll pull at the skin and draw a fillet knife lightly across it just to get a nick.... then pull to continue the tear. Now obviously this isn't the way to do it if you want to keep the pelt, but I harvest too yoiung for the pelt to be worth anything anyway.

    J
     
  5. Michael Leferink

    Michael Leferink Well-Known Member

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    I have to agree with Pat, I've found that poultry shears are the easiest way to cut through the joints and the pelvic bone. I cut through both sides of the pelvic bone and remove the cut piece along with the anus. My shears are pointed and have a notch for cutting through the joints. Using these shears is much easier and safer than using a knife.

    Good luck,
    MikeL
     
  6. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    Until I purchased some game shears, I used a set of garden pruning
    shears. I also use the shears for immediate removal of the head

    Absolutely! :)
     
  7. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!
    what do you mean by *immediate removal of the head?*

    Where do we get poultry/game shears?
     
  8. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    When butchering for human consumption, I want a good bleed out so
    I remove the head immediately after killing.

    For butchering/skinning tools, try a sporting goods store. I've also seen
    fish/poultry shears at shops specializing in cutlery. Search the internet
    for online suppliers.

    Linda Welch
     
  9. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I got my poultry shears at a butcher shop. The owner had allowed me to browse through his specialty cutlery catalogs he orders from for his own use. Mine are not the inexpensive type found in most kitchen supply stores. And yes, I also use them to remove the head.

    Pat Lamar
    President
    Professional Rabbit Meat Association
    http://www.prma.org/
    Chairperson, ARBA Commercial Department Committee