Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What Wine Do You Serve with Roasted Raccoon?

A California grocery store was selling frozen raccoon, fur on, until they were visited by the LA Health Department.  A customer had spotted the frozen furry critter with tongue hanging out, and reported it.  The supermarket is said to have been selling frozen raccoons for years.

At 9.99/lb, a five pound raccoon, field dressed and frozen, will probably yield about  2lbs or so of meat.  In the end, pretty expensive, unless of course, you can 'fix' yourself a coon tail hat.

Is it legal?  Game animals have to be farm raised and slaughtered under inspection to be sold commercially.

So what type of wine would you serve....well, you came to the spot.  Denise Gardner, Wine Extension Extraordinaire, suggests a nice Beaujolais, a light bodied red with a fair amount of acidity.  This will pair nicely to the gaminess of the cooked varmint.  Not the nouveau style of the wine however.

CBS Los Angeles
LA Health Officials Take Action After Local Supermarket Sells Raccoons As Food
February 10, 2015 11:11 PM

TEMPLE CITY ( — The Health Department has taken action after a local supermarket’s frozen foods section featured an unusual item.

Inspectors from the LA County Health Department visited the Metro Supermarket in Temple City on Tuesday, after being informed that the market was selling raccoons as food.

Employees at the market declined to appear on camera, but did show entire raccoons, frozen, bagged, and selling for $9.99 per pound. The employees say raccoon is considered a delicacy in China.

Customer Christina Dow was at the market, and upon seeing the frozen raccoons, filmed the scene on her cell phone. She shared the video on social media.

“The way it’s packaged in the store, it’s so real, and it’s so fresh, and you don’t see chickens with their feathers and blood all over them, and their expression, with their tongue hanging out,” Dow said.

Dow also went on to contact the LA County Health Department, who says that selling raccoons as food may indeed be perfectly legal, depending on the origins of the meat.

The market has ceased selling raccoons, since the department’s visit, until it and be reviewed and officially approved.

CBS2 contacted a number of local agencies, including the LA County District Attorney’s office. However, none of them were immediately able to say whether selling raccoons as food was legal or not.

Store employees say they’ve been selling raccoons for years, and never experienced any issues until now.

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