Skinning a Rabbit
Without a Knife
- At the rabbit's knee, push the joint out until the hide
separates from the meat. This takes a little bit of practice.
Basically, what you're doing is pushing the knee joint
in one direction and pulling the skin in the other. This
will eventually separate the two cleanly.
2 - Work your fingers around the leg, until the hide is
separated around the entire knee joint and surrounding
3 - Pull the knee joint up while pulling the skin down,
removing most skin from one leg. This process is kind
of like pulling your pants off, except your "pants"
is the hide of the rabbit.
4 - Repeat this same process with the other leg.
5 - Beneath the genitals, work your hand under the skin
and across the belly. Loosen the skin from the underside
entirely by pulling it off.
6 - On the rabbit's backside, right above the tail, work
your hand under the skin and across the back. Take the
skin and pull it off the backside until it removes entirely
from the tail.
7 - Pull the skin down with both hands until it reaches
the arms of the rabbit.
8 - Break through the thin skin that sits between the
front arms and the head. Do this with your fingers. Although
it's hide, it shouldn't take you an overwhelming amount
of effort to do this. Once you've done this, pull the
sleeves up and away from the meat of the arms.
9 - Crack the spine where it meets the head. When you
clean and dress the rabbit carcass, you can cut off the
remaining head and hide with a swift stroke of a knife.
10 - Dress and clean the animal, saving the hide as needed.
Make sure the animal is clean before you eat it. If possible,
check its liver to gauge the safety of the meat. Save
the hide for tanning or other uses.