Wednesday, August 10, 2016

They Want Danes To Eat More Rabbit — Farming Organization Reveals New Plan

Via Business Insider:

Rabbits are fluffy and cute, they usually keep us company as pets. But they can also be food. More so, if you ask the Danish farming organization Landbrug & Fødevarer who plans an expansion of domestic produced organic rabbit meat.

As expensive as organic chicken.

According to Landbrug & Fødevarer the first 30 rabbits are up for ‘test slaughter’ in a project on the Danish island of Lolland. The objective for Landbrug & Fødevarer is a price in the same range as organic chicken in Danish supermarkets. The time is suppose to be right for rabbit, which is a lean type of meat.

“We think organic rabbit meat has potential, it is an interesting niche”, Lars Holdesen, spokesperson for Landbrug & Fødevarer, says to radio channel P4 Sjaelland.

At the moment all the rabbit meat consumed in Denmark is imported, according to the P4 Sjaelland. Last year the country bought around 30 tons, mostly from France and China. The farming organisation predicts that in the year 2017 there will be 15 new organic rabbit producers in Denmark.

‘Bunny burgers with chunky chips’.

Apparently, rabbit can be likened to a particularly flavorsome free-range chicken. At least according to BBC who writes that a wild rabbit has “firm, meaty flesh and a subtle, gamey flavor”. BBC also provides a recipe solution for the bunny-hungry.

To cook ‘Bunny burgers with chunky chips’ you need 350g of minced rabbit, which is mixed with 100g of minced pork belly. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes.

Other classic rabbit dishes are French rabbit stew with mushroom (Lapin à la cocotte) and rabbit cooked with dijon mustard (Lapin à la moutarde). Just remember that if the rabbit is farm grown, it is likely to lack the true depth of flavor. There’s also a risk that it can be fatty and bland compared to wild rabbit, BBC reports.

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