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Canadian-guerilla
04-07-2010, 09:49 PM
never had snails myself . . . . or as the French say Ē escargot ď

but FOOD IS FOOD

as for preparation, i found this link on the net

http://bertc.com/subfive/recipes/gardensnails.htm

the preparation above is a little much for me
i want to keep my snail preparation SIMPLE

snails ( with shell ) in boiling water // snails ( no shell ) in boiling water

raining here right now, iíll return tmmw morning and collect 15-20 snails

http://wildedibles1.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/snail1.jpg

crashdive123
04-08-2010, 07:50 AM
As a kid, spending my summers in Nova Scotia - we'd find an old can (easy to do, as trash was dumped in the bay) boil some mussels and snails - swipe a little butter from the fridge - yum.

Canadian-guerilla
04-08-2010, 11:30 AM
Snail Preparation

my collection of snails

http://wildedibles1.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/snails-2.jpg

before nuking in hot water for 6 minutes

http://wildedibles1.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/snail-prep-1.jpg

http://wildedibles1.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/snail-prep-2.jpg

after boiling

http://wildedibles1.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/snail-prep-4.jpg

getting the little suckers out

http://wildedibles1.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/snail-prep-5.jpg

these ones are off to the freezer

http://wildedibles1.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/snail-prep-6.jpg

still a little squeamish here eating ( fresh picked ) snails,
didnít bite down on them, the ones that i did eat, i just swallowed them whole

BLEUXDOG
04-08-2010, 11:39 AM
Sorry this is just NOT going to happen. They look like they have the same consistancy as oysters which doesn't happen either unless grilled on the half shell with a garlic butter sauce and a sprinkle of pamasian cheese. I just can't get past the slime.:tt2:

crashdive123
04-08-2010, 01:02 PM
still a little squeamish here eating ( fresh picked ) snails,
didnít bite down on them, the ones that i did eat, i just swallowed them whole

A great sauce for them (and for oysters) - Melt a stick(s) of butter. Add grated parmesan cheese and fresh garlic until you get almost a paste like consistency.

BLEUXDOG
04-08-2010, 01:28 PM
YES!
That's what I'm talking about!:clap:

Old GI
04-08-2010, 02:04 PM
Napkin please.:clap:

Winnie
04-08-2010, 03:03 PM
They're very good mixed with roughly chopped, cooked new potato, parsley, garlic and finely chopped shallot, then fry the lot in oodles of butter. Mmmmm

Edit: cooking a second time like this seems to get rid of the sliminess.

Rick
04-08-2010, 03:05 PM
OMG. I passed out. It must have been something in this thread. Oh, there it is. It's about eating. Ooooooo. (thump).

Ken
04-08-2010, 03:09 PM
Ooooooooooh. I use butter, white wine, shallots, garlic, and black pepper in my escargot sauce. The sauce is great with grilled or raw oysters or periwinkles. :tongue_smilie:

Ken
04-08-2010, 03:15 PM
OMG. I passed out. It must have been something in this thread. Oh, there it is. It's about eating. Ooooooo. (thump).

Yeah, I remember. You wuss. :innocent: I think you puked when I posted about eating slugs. And when I posted about eating oysters. And when I posted about eating clams. And when..........

How about broiled scallops wrapped in bacon and dipped in French dressing?

BLEUXDOG
04-08-2010, 03:31 PM
Are you sure about the French dressing?

Rick
04-08-2010, 03:32 PM
Oh, man. I puked while I was passed out. Well yuck.

Ken
04-08-2010, 03:35 PM
Are you sure about the French dressing?

Yep. Coat them real well in French dressing before broiling.

Or were you asking Rick? :blushing:

BLEUXDOG
04-08-2010, 03:39 PM
OK. Let me get this strait. Wrap scallop in bacon. Coat with french dressing. Toss on the grill. Anything else?

Ken
04-08-2010, 03:47 PM
OK. Let me get this strait. Wrap scallop in bacon. Coat with french dressing. Toss on the grill. Anything else?

Grill to perfection. Open cold beer. Eat & Drink. :)

(I prefer thick slab bacon. Scallops cook really fast. You may wanna' baste with a bit more dressing while they're on the grill.)

BLEUXDOG
04-08-2010, 03:51 PM
Got it. Well, I know what I'm having for dinner tomorrow. I have to pick up french dressing. Thanks!

Batch
04-08-2010, 11:56 PM
While I have enjoyed snail before. There are health concerns if you handle them or under cook them.

We have an invasive species called the Giant African Snail. The snail is about 8" long.

rwc1969
04-09-2010, 09:20 AM
C'mon man, you shoulda crunched down on one so we could at least get an idea of the texture or burst of "flavor" that may have erupted from them tasty lookin morsels.

That looks like a food that requires growling and a slight left to right head shake while eating them. Raarrrr!

nell67
04-09-2010, 09:36 AM
I gotta agree with Rick,slimy,snotty, nasty looking little creature,YUK.(the snails,not Rick)

Tripwire
04-10-2010, 12:32 AM
Ill never be that hungry to east snails.

Ill save them for my wife :clap:

justin_baker
04-10-2010, 03:41 AM
How do you think they would taste if you fried them?

crashdive123
04-10-2010, 07:15 AM
How do you think they would taste if you fried them?

You've got to be careful when frying them, as they can get very tuff. A light sautee in garlic butter with panchetta bread crumbs would be a better way to go.

wareagle69
04-10-2010, 07:33 AM
Ill never be that hungry to east snails.

Ill save them for my wife :clap:

lets hope you never have to eat those words, you have noticed that this is a wilderness survival and emergency preparedness site, right?
but all kidding aside you bring up an excellent point, eating wild is all about what you can get used to, bring someone to burger king or a fancy resturant that lives close to the land, lets think appalachia area for reference those folks might puke if they had to eat "civilized food" whose better off? well lets hope we never have to find out

Canadian-guerilla
04-10-2010, 08:07 AM
How do you think they would taste if you fried them?


not much of a cooker/fryer myself
first thoughts here is looking for the simplest, easiest way of preparation, in the bush > boiling in hot water

maybe, MAYBE, if i came across some wild onions/garlic, i could mix that in with the snails

wareagle69
04-10-2010, 08:26 AM
CG, do you have any onions or garlic over your way?
we do not here, but i have heard tell there is some a wee bit south of me on the island

bushbound
04-10-2010, 08:34 PM
CG, do you have any onions or garlic over your way?
we do not here, but i have heard tell there is some a wee bit south of me on the island

For sure some wild garlic on Manitoulin Island. My Dad and Pepere used to go pick some every year. Yummy. Looks like a small onion taste like mild garlic. As for the snails, I think I would swallow them whole:tongue_smilie:

wareagle69
04-10-2010, 10:10 PM
hey bud, your the french one snails should be your thing. johny over in the woodroom has said there are some in the town we work in, should find them soon enough

nice to see ya post every now and then lol