Re: [CH] Possum

Allen L Marshall (
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 02:41:59 -0500

Okay, the ugly, rat-like creature with spooky eyes that lives in North
America is an opossum.  This is Pogo the 'Possum.  This is the animal that
outwitted the coyote.  This is the one people scrape off of the road and

Malcolm Fear is dealing with a possum.  It's an entirely different animal.
This one doesn't walk around talking about life being no-hows permanent.
This isn't the animal that eats my chinese cabbage as soon as it sprouts.

Now that I have that out of my system, lemme try to get close to the topic.
I found directions for butchering opossum.  (It has to be caught fresh.
Don't scrape this one off of the road.)  I won't go into details, and I
didn't have any recipes from the book, but according to the description, a
fistful of habaneros might ride rough-shod over the opossum flavor.  I've
never eaten it, so I don't know.  I don't intend to eat it.  Next time my
dogs kill one, I'll sprinkle some crushed habs on it and let you know how
they like it.

If I ever figure out how to keep them out of my garden without killing
them, I'll let you all know.  Opossums don't scare as easily as deer.

Allen Marshall