I had a dream
a while ago, about me and Natalie Portman
being the only
two people left on the planet after some sort of global cataclysm
was going well for the first part of the dream, and we were really getting to
know each other very well... All of a sudden, she turns around and says how
she is, and that she has always wondered how rat
tastes. Needless to
say, I instantly decided to go about the business of rat hunting.
This turned out to be almost impossible, because even though I could find
lots of rats, I was too grossed out to try catch them by hand. After a few
failed attempts, I woke up in a cold sweat, and realized that I would never
survive if something like this ever really happened. So I set about the
business of learning this valuable survival skill.
What follows, is what I have learned thus far.
Part One: How to Catch a Rat
There are a few ways to go about catching a rat.
The first and obvious thing to check, is that there are indeed rats in the area
you wish to hunt them. This is usually quite easy as their smell and sounds are
a dead give away. If there aren't any rats in your area, find an area that
have rats. Once you have found such an area, you can start thinking
about which type of trap
to use. I will just give a quick overview of the
traps you can use in the wild.
- This is a very simple trap to use as
it is just a noose anchored to the ground and placed over an area where the rats
can be expected to run. The noose should be small enough for the rats head, and
at the right height to snare the rat around its neck. You will have to be
careful with this type of trap as if the rat is snared for too long before you
find it, it will more than likely chew
through the snare and escape.
- Event simpler than the snare, this trap is the classic kind used
many times by Wile E. Coyote
to catch the Roadrunner
. It is basically just a
(not a crate or box) which is propped up with a stick which is set
to fall on and squash anything that goes under it and upsets the prop stick. You
will need to employ some sort of bait to get the rat to go under the rock. There
are many different types of traps you can use such as a bottle trap
, but I will save these for another node
Part Two: How to Prepare a Rat
Assuming you have a knife, the best way to skin a rat
is to cut horizontally across its back, about halfway up its body. You can then insert 2 fingers of each hand under the skin through the slit, and pull apart. The skin should come off fairly easily. You can then split
the rat down the chest, and pull the guts
out with your fingers
. After you have done this, you can cut off any of the bits you really don't want to eat
. And move on to cooking.
Part Three: How to Cook the Rat
The prepared rats can be skewered on a greenish stick and held over a fire
for a few minutes. The main thing to be concerned with at this point is not burning
them, so take special care, and rotate them a few times, constantly checking their cooked'ness. Depending on the size, they can take from three to ten minutes. And can be seasoned
too taste. If you need to store some of the meat
, you can also smoke
them. This is a good way to save some of the meat for later use as it should last between 1 and 4 weeks depending on how long you smoked it for. Use hard, green wood
, not resinous
ones as this will ruin the meat. And make sure none of the carcasses are touching.
Hopefully this knowledge will help you score, and possibly save your life one day.
p.s. It might be a good idea to store a few rat traps with your emergency rations, just in case...