January 13, 2009

Raccoon carcasses quick sellers in Mo.

A Missouri raccoon trapper finds that his frozen carcasses disappear quickly when he sells them out of his car trunk in a parking lot.

Larry Brownsberger of Montrose sells the raccoons for $3 to $7 each, The Kansas City Star reports. His customers say that the meat tastes good and is economical and healthy.

Raccoon is a lot of work. The frozen carcasses have to be thawed, soaked in brine overnight and parboiled for two hours -- and that's before the final roasting or barbecuing.

Good things come to those who wait, a woman who said she has been eating raccoon for most of her 86 years, told the Star.

Raccoon meat is some of the healthiest meat you can eat, Beringer said. During grad school, my roommate and I ate 32 coons one winter. It was all free, and it was really good.

Each raccoon can feed four or five adults, making it cheaper than most supermarket meat.