How much cooking to kill teluremia?
any knowledgeble folk know how best to cook hares in the backcountry to kill the teluremia?
This advice from the USDA...
applies to the store-bought variety. They give some sample methods, then recommend an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees measured with a food thermometer "...to make sure the rabbit is safe to eat". Surprising how little info there was in other places I looked.
* When roasting rabbit parts, set the oven temperature no lower than 325 °F. A 2-pound, cut-up rabbit should take approximately 1 hour to cook.
* A whole, 2- to 2 1/2-pound rabbit should take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to roast. Stuffing it will add approximately 1/2 hour to the cooking time.
* Braising rabbit (cooking it in a small amount of liquid in a covered pan on the range or in the oven) also takes about 1 hour. Rabbit can be broiled about 15 minutes on each side.
* For safety, USDA recommends cooking rabbit to an internal temperature of at least 160 °F. The use of a food thermometer is recommended to make sure that your rabbit is safe to eat.
* It is safe to cook frozen rabbit in the oven or on the range or grill without defrosting it first, although the cooking time may be about 50% longer.
* Do not cook frozen rabbit in a slow cooker; thaw first. Cut whole rabbits into smaller pieces so heat can penetrate the meat more quickly.
Safe Handling of Leftovers
* Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours after cooking. Use within 3 to 4 days or freeze.
* Use frozen, cooked rabbit within 4 to 6 months for best quality.
* Reheat leftovers to 165 °F.
Last Modified: January 12, 2006
Here'e the link:
Alaska and wild game specific.
Thanks for the link.
As an ER doc I have a lot of info re: tularemia and 'bioterroism'...
Thought it best not to scare the 'hare' off ya!
i'll read these when I get back from work really appreciate it gotta stay healthy.
I was very curious,so i had to look it up. Very interesting.
It also says that it has become very rare over the last century.
Rare - Until There's An Epidemic...
NEJM Tularemia Martha's Vineyard
A tough diagnosis to make - that's why getting the patient's HISTORY is so important! (Translates into 'asking the right questions')...
Rare, but ...
worth avoiding. Not many Alaska cases. Of all the rabbits consumed in this state, cases are infrequent. Last state pub report was 2001; from exposure to brush? Most cases in warm weather months. Avoid rabbits that appear sick. Exposure risk from muskrats and other critters too apparently.
Wear rubber gloves.
Descriptions of the Alaska cases are in these pubs: