Yesterday, I was watching CBS and on the promo for the 11:00 pm news they mentioned a warning that we should not eat the squirrels. This got my interest and I had to watch. After all, who wants to eat those furry little rodents. Evidently some people like them. New Jersey officials found a lead-contaminated squirrel near a toxic waste dump two months ago and just issued the warning.
In the event you find a non-lead-contaminated squirrel, on older version of THE JOY OF COOKING will tell you how to skin and prepare it. It can be stuffed and roasted like pigeon, or braised like chicken. Oh, and the gray ones are preferred. Red squirrels are small and gamy in flavor.