Guinea Pigs for food???

Discussion in 'General Food and Foraging Discussion' started by kejmack, Jun 2, 2011.

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  1. kejmack

    kejmack Texas!!!

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    There was a show on the tv at work where the guy was in South America. He ate guinea pigs. He said it was better than rabbit. I was wondering if anyone on this forum has any experience with guinea pig meat?
     
  2. JustCliff

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    Wouldn't that be the Cornish Game Hen of rodents?
     

  3. horseman09

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    Hey, works for me. Rabbit, squirrel, ground hogs, G Pigs? Same same. A little butter, garlic, salt'n pepper over hickory charcoal.......mmmmm. I'd give it a try. My theory is if it doesn't slither off my plate faster than I can spear it with my fork -- I'll eat it. :D
     
  4. power

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    I don't have any experience in eating them but there are some free ranging in my back yard. About 3 years ago I let some loose in my back yard. They are doing real good. Free ranging guinea pigs. They eat grass, weeds, and garden plants. They make it through the hot summers and the cold winters.
    Every once in a while I see some babies out grazing with their mother.
    They are larger than the regular cage raised guinea pig and fat.
     
  5. Davo45

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    Will a dog or chicken wire fence keep them out of your garden?
     
  6. Davo45

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    +1

    ^ A man after my own heart :beercheer: :D
     
  7. power

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    I garden in raised beds so the only thing they bother is something that drops down to about 4" from the ground. They are not really a problem. They have their own territory and do not go far from home base. They much rather would graze on grass. They do a lot less damage than rabbits, chickens, or muscovey ducks. I have those free ranging also.
    I enjoy them very much. My dog protects them from predators, along with all of the other animals.
     
  8. worldengineer

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    If your hungry, then their on the menu. Although I don't believe they will be on my dinner plate anytime soon.
     
  9. DJgang

    DJgang I put SAs on IGNORE!

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    LOL, I think most of us on this forum think the same.

    My dad killed a huge, well huge to me, rattlesnake the other day, I tried to get hubby to skin it, but he wouldn't. Guess I could have huh? But, I'm chicken :D

    When TSHTF, I'm all for eating anything! LOL!
     
  10. Jimmy24

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    Have eaten rattlesnake several times. It's actually very good. Thought process is what ya got to get by....:nuts:

    No, doesn't taste like chicken. It is somewhat flaky like fish. Light tasting, at least the ones I've tried.

    Been to the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup a couple of times. It's very interesting. They waste no part of the snake.

    Jimmy
     
  11. Jimmy24

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    G pigs would be on my plate if needed....not for fun though....:rolleyes:

    Jimmy
     
  12. BillM

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    They make

    They make toys for babys out of the rattlers tail ? :2thumb:
     
  13. power

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    One thing to think about. Guinea pigs can be raised just about anywhere, live on almost nothing, and don't have to have water.
     
  14. Jimmy24

    Jimmy24 Member

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    Well ya seen the tv commerical with the snake and baby rattle and the rabbit? LMAO...:D

    Jimmy
     
  15. tsrwivey

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    They eat them on a stick in Peru. Guinea pigs can get very loud & very spoiled. They are one of my all time favorite pets, though.
     
  16. horseman09

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    To me rattlesnake tastes like a cross between frog legs and a very mild fish.

    Of course, whooping crane tastes like a cross between bald eagle and spotted owl. :D ( To any fed lurkers........that was a JOKE, ok? A freakin' JOKE) :)
     
  17. BadgeBunny

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    No kidding ... My middle son had one named "Pig" :rolleyes:. That thing would follow him through the house and come when called. He adored my son. Would whistle when he heard his footsteps coming up the stairs. Didn't whistle for anybody else's footprints ...

    He lived 10 years before we had to have him put to sleep (abdominal tumor) ... :eek:

    All that remininscing said ... I'd eat one in a pinch ... tastes like squab, I hear ... (another joke you lurkers!! :p) :2thumb:
     
  18. Immolatus

    Immolatus Just getting started. Always.

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    I actually busted out laughing!

    I would think anything thats cheap and easy to breed is fair 'game', and a good idea.

    I even posted about goldfish! Your idea is much better.
     
  19. Centraltn

    Centraltn Well-Known Member

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    LOL Horseman!!!!! Don't try to be politically correct.. too dang much of that afloat already.. just blurt it out. Don't be afraid. LOL that was just too refreshing. You made my day.. thanks.
    The hardline conservative of the group, me.
     
  20. Davo45

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    Ok cool, I garden in raised beds as well the shortest are made from 1"x6" boards, and raise okra, bush peas and beans in them. My other beds are 10-12" tall, so I shouldn't have to worry about them getting into the garden crops. I don't believe there are any ordinances against them as a man up the road from me has been raising and selling them since before we moved here 10 years ago.

    Do you have any cats in your yard?