EDWARD COOK says: I’m not sure that the term hocking is purely a Lincolnshire expression, but maybe someone out there knows differently.

Hocking rabbits is a simple procedure that holds the freshly killed rabbit on one of its back legs. Hold the foot tightly and push a sharp knife between the tendon and bone.

Make a small slit and thread the other leg straight through. Make sure the slit isn’t too big or when the rabbit is hung up the hock may come undone.

I hock two rabbits together by slitting the second rabbit’s leg and then passing it through the inside of the hocked legs; the unslit leg goes outside the hocked legs, then you simply join the two together.

This means the ‘rabbiter’ can store them easily and allow them to cool properly. It also means they are in a very presentable condition when offered for sale.