Miss Frozen Rabbit Meat

In the 1950s there was a brief effort to make rabbit meat a more mainstream part of the American diet. In 1957, this led to the crowning of "Miss Frozen Rabbit Meat," whose job it was to convince housewives to buy more frozen rabbit meat.

I know it's possible to get rabbit meat in specialty butcher shops and markets here in the U.S., but I've never seen it in an American supermarket. So the effort to make it more mainstream evidently fizzled.

More info: Lola Mason's imdb page
Related Post: Recipes for Cooking Domestic Rabbit Meat

Daily Telegraph - Oct 26, 1957

Longview Daily News - Mar 31, 1958

Below, part of the marketing campaign to get Americans to eat more rabbit.

How many times have you said to yourself, or perhaps out loud, "I wish there were some new meat animal"?

Baltimore Evening Sun - July 18, 1957

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 17, 2024
     Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests | Food | 1950s

Rabbit is good eating, in fact. I don't know why we don't farm more of them. It can't *just* be the size; a chicken is smaller than a normal rabbit.
Posted by Richard Bos on 02/17/24 at 04:09 AM
It's a social thing. These days rabbits are considered pets. Therefor taboo to eat. That said, I do remember seeing rabbit in IGA and Safeway stores locally during the 60s and 70s. Gone now though.
Posted by eddi on 02/17/24 at 04:15 AM
Good news for you eddi; rabbit is back in grocery stores! At least, at Provigo and some "ethnic" and high-end grocery stores. The problem is at $8.99 a pound, nobody wants to buy it.
Posted by Yudith on 02/17/24 at 10:46 AM
We can get goat at our local grocery, so I would expect we can get rabbit. It’s not that unusual to see it on a local restaurant menu. You can forget that “frozen” bit though; the restaurants would never use that. With the goat, anyway, you order it and they bring it in from a local farm.

What a shocker that first recipe is good! With a half a pound butter, white wine, cream, and a truffle, you could probably make delicious cardboard.

Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 02/17/24 at 02:15 PM
Largest producers of rabbit meat are China and North Korea. Largest consumers are North Korea and the Czech Republic.
Posted by ges on 02/17/24 at 10:36 PM
Ooh, I want some goat as well! We have a Middle-Eastern grocer now, so I can get lamb; but I'd like some mature mutton for a curry, and jerk goat would be very welcome as well.
Posted by Richard Bos on 02/24/24 at 07:26 AM
Richard, you need to find a grocer that caters to Jamaicans.
Posted by ges on 02/25/24 at 05:24 PM
Easier said than done over here...
Posted by Richard Bos on 03/03/24 at 05:25 AM
Richard, this is for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqVyGtXh7v4
According to the description, the Jamaican living in the Netherlands talks about food, but I don't have the patience to find the clip.
Posted by ges on 03/04/24 at 07:34 PM
And this too, Richard: https://www.reddit.com/r/Amsterdam/comments/rklhjm/goat_meat_mutton_in_amsterdam/
Posted by ges on 03/04/24 at 07:37 PM
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