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    Are hedgehogs edible?

    Are hedgehogs edible?
    Just wondering , because there's loads on our local golf course.
    The dog points them out when I take him out for an evening stroll.
    They're usually in a small ball, but sometimes you can see them legging it
    right across the 18th. They're pretty fast when they want to be.

    I've heard this, but might be just an urban myth -
    Covering in a mud ball, throwing on the embers. When done break open and this takes off the spikes?

    What do they taste like ?

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    Yes its true....i was told that method too. Saw iTunm tv survival show in the 80s.
    Hedgehogs taste like...........hedgehog.
    With his ears let him listen, and look with his eyes; thus each wise man spies out the way.

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    the clay covering thing was originally a romany joke against the gorgers,
    first of all when you get yer hedgehog you tap him on the nose to kill him with the back of ya knife.. then you hold him by by back legs and stand on his front feet and pull him tight working with a sharp knife shave the bristles downwards to his nose,, when youve got off al the bristles you can with the knife you then hold him over a flame turning him gently around and over to singe off any remaining bristle and hair,, whilst dooin this the hedgehogs back will swell up to almost double its size and the whole thing will turn black and look like a bowler hat,,,, now starting at the front of the nose gently tap into the bone a with a dagger and use something blunt and heavy to tap with.the hedgehog has a bone that runs from its nose to its tail tap the knife all the way through the to the tail end,once youve done this , your ready to gut it,you gut through the back taking great care not to burst the gall bladder which looks like little blue ball , if the gall bladder was busted due to the flaming throw it away cos it will make you bad, now wash it out and cook in a tray like any other meat. p.s hedgehog fat will never set and dogs wont touch the leftovers.
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    Have you tried it Justin, what does it taste like.

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    you need to be proper hungry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapper4083 View Post
    Yes its true....i was told that method too. Saw iTunm tv survival show in the 80s.
    Hedgehogs taste like...........hedgehog.
    Doh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fish View Post
    the clay covering thing was originally a romany joke against the gorgers,
    first of all when you get yer hedgehog you tap him on the nose to kill him with the back of ya knife.. then you hold him by by back legs and stand on his front feet and pull him tight working with a sharp knife shave the bristles downwards to his nose,, when youve got off al the bristles you can with the knife you then hold him over a flame turning him gently around and over to singe off any remaining bristle and hair,, whilst dooin this the hedgehogs back will swell up to almost double its size and the whole thing will turn black and look like a bowler hat,,,, now starting at the front of the nose gently tap into the bone a with a dagger and use something blunt and heavy to tap with.the hedgehog has a bone that runs from its nose to its tail tap the knife all the way through the to the tail end,once youve done this , your ready to gut it,you gut through the back taking great care not to burst the gall bladder which looks like little blue ball , if the gall bladder was busted due to the flaming throw it away cos it will make you bad, now wash it out and cook in a tray like any other meat. p.s hedgehog fat will never set and dogs wont touch the leftovers.
    Wow, great reply!
    Nice one fish.
    That's a definite yes then, they are edible!
    It sounds like they're not that tasty though.
    But the ease of "hunting" one of them might make the difference one day, hey?

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    oh definitely ,i mean marinade in a jsr of pataks curry paste and it could be anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fish View Post
    oh definitely ,i mean marinade in a jsr of pataks curry paste and it could be anything.
    Or how about your Dorset naga sauce??
    Storms have a way of teaching what nothing else can.

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    hello,
    I'll stick with Hedgehog flavoured crisps
    Or as the Korean Proverb say's, "You can eat almost anything with 4 legs..
    apart from a wooden table!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by fish View Post
    you need to be proper hungry.

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