Surprising what dormice taste like

Roberts has placed a stuffed toy dormouse at the top of the jar to show how fat they got and that they were not as tiny and spindly as modern visitors might imagine. Nearby are kitchen utensils that would have been used to cook them.

They were evidently delicious, and consumed in vast numbers. “I’ve not had one myself,” said Roberts. “But friends have and apparently they taste like a cross between rabbit and chicken.”

Or perhaps not that surprising – tastes a bit like chicken covers rather a lot of foods….

13 thoughts on “Surprising what dormice taste like”

  1. Killed the third one this year (unusual for high summer, they normally come into the house in early autumn). I’ve not been tempted to eat one, yet:!Aj1KAR_HSQjtgskW28dxnIRGP46VDA
    (Edible DormouseGlis glis)

    It used to be that they were both a pest and a protected species, so illegal to kill and (if live trapped) illegal to release into the wild. Only licensed pest controllers could kill them. Fortunately, you can now download a free licence from the web.

    One of Britain’s rarest mammals, but a bloody plague in the Chilterns thanks to the Rothschilds.

  2. One of Britain’s rarest mammals, but a bloody plague in the Chilterns thanks to the Rothschilds.

    Blimey, if they’e not secretly controlling the world’s financial markets, they’re unleashing plagues of dormice on Buckinghamshire!

  3. Only because most chicken is bland garbage used as a cheap carrier for a sauce (plus the modern habit of stripping the skin before serving). So anything that tastes of nothing is a bit like chicken.

  4. “Tastes like chicken” is often said about rattlesnakes. Of course, I’ve never had one and I’m skeptical that anyone who says they taste like chicken has either, but it’s a worn cliche used in the country to make visitors from the city squirm. They will do a number on the mice though.

  5. I had crocodile in Mackay once – another supposed ‘tastes like chicken’. It didn’t have a strong flavour – the spices in the sauce carried the flavour. It was cooked at the table in a hot cast-iron dish sizzler style but the texture wasn’t really like chicken – less fibrous but not rubbery as it was cooked quickly. I would eat it again, perhaps next time we’re in QLD.

  6. Dennis the Peasant

    I’ve heard that mice are gamier than anaconda, but not nearly as tough as water buffalo. Evidently they go well with Merlot.

  7. @MC
    They escaped from Lionel* de Rothschild’s place in Tring. They hibernate for seven months (their German name is Siebenschläfer) and like to nest in a cosy roof space, where they can make a dreadful mess of your power cables.

    They’re rather cute in appearance (a bit like a chinchilla), but make poor pets because they are (apparently) very bitey.

    * From the more eccentric wing of the family, he was noted for riding in a carriage pulled by zebras.

  8. taste like a cross between rabbit and chicken.

    Strange analogy as rabbit looks and tastes nothing like chicken – dark, rich, meaty & gamy vs white/light brown and delicate.

    Frogs legs are similar to chicken/turkey breast

    Romans ate Baked dormouse? I guess slaves gutted & skinned them as a lot of work for little food.

    @Tractor Gent

    I’ve not eaten crocodile, but have eaten alligator – looked like meat (eg beef), but tasted more like fish

  9. @Pcar

    These are about twice the size of the British Hazel Dormouse, familiar from Alice in Wonderland. Edible Dormice are only a bit smaller than a squirrel or rabbit (6-7″ body, with a tail nearly as long again).

  10. @Chris

    WikiP: “Mass: Edible dormouse: 130 g, Hazel dormouse: 27 g,”; thaks for info

    A 2016 study finds that hazel dormice in Britain have declined by over one third since 2000. Woodland habitat loss and management and a warming climate are seen as material threats to their future status.

    Warming? Map on right shows they live in SW/SE (Anglesey-Southend) GB – heck of a lot of “up north” to migrate to.

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