Here’s a simple solution to skinning squirrels and avoiding the problem of “hairy meat”.
Every squirrel hunter knows that one issue with skinning squirrels is keeping hair off the meat. Squirrel meat often seems to act like a magnet for their hide hair.
I wouldn’t say it’s impossible to skin a squirrel and not get a few hairs from the hide onto the meat. I’ve killed a whole lot of bushytails over the years, and am adept at skinning and cleaning them, but even for someone who’s processed hundreds of squirrels, picking a few hairs off the carcass is a normal part of processing them for the table.
That’s especially true if you’ve got several squirrels to clean at one time, as your hands will inevitably pick up hairs as you quickly process one squirrel after another, which will of course transfer to the carcasses you touch.
Here’s one man’s simple answer to hair-free squirrel skinning: a pail of water.
This isn’t the most novel idea ever invented. It’s common sense, really. But then again, how many of us actually set up a dunking pail when we clean our day’s harvest?
I know I never did. I’d generally just clean the squirrels as usual, and quickly wipe my hands on the grass or with a towel before proceeding to the next squirrel. Then I’d spend a minute or two quickly examining each carcass and picking any hairs from the meat.
But this squirrel hunting veteran’s method of dunking the entire squirrel into a pail of water before skinning is kind of a lightbulb idea. The water mats or “glues” the fur down a bit, and helps keep loose or shedding hairs from finding their way onto the meat.