Rabbits may have a reputation as cute and fuzzy pets, but rabbit meat is also a wonderfully flavourful protein option that not many Americans take the time to appreciate. Rabbits can be easily bought from farms, butcher shops or state fairs in your area nearly year round. If you can't find rabbit in your area, there are many online stores that will mail rabbit meat to you, which will save you the hassle of skinning and cleaning it yourself.
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Things you need
- A knowledgeable butcher
- Computer with Internet access
- A local breeder/farmer
Consider your recipe. The kind of dish you are preparing will influence what part of the rabbit your are buying. You may wish to purchase rabbit legs, loins, or an entire animal that has been cleaned and skinned. If it is your first time cooking rabbit, you may wish to purchase several cuts to experiment with.
Buy local, if possible. As with all foods, the farther the food has to travel to reach your table, the less fresh and flavourful it tends to be. Visit your local farmer's market, or search your local yellow pages for farms or livestock auctions in your area. Online search engines like Agriseek and Local Harvest can also be helpful.
Speak to your local butcher. Most butchers, even those at large chain supermarkets, can special order rabbit meat for you. Be aware that you may have to wait a couple of weeks for your order to come in.
Purchase your rabbit meat online. You can do this via Local Harvest, or via speciality food mail order companies like D'Artagnan. Your order will generally ship overnight in a refrigerated box to ensure freshness. You can order whole rabbits, as well as leg or loin portions. D'Artagnan also sells rabbit sausage.
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