E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To skin an animal. In the Cookery by Mrs. Glasse is the direction, Take your hare when it is cased, and make a pudding The witticism, First catch your hare, may possibly have been suggested by this
direction, but it is not in the Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy.