Garden snails: the eating thereof

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by Fez909, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    It's about that time of the year, snail-lovers! Those slimey sausages of joy have emerged from their winter slumber and they're begging to be devoured. :cool:

    I'm gonna buy some snail-housing/farming equipment next week and go collecting.

    Tips, advice and experiences welcome. Who's in?

  2. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    I've never tried snails, but love garlic so why not.

    What sort of capital investment is needed for snail farming? Will I need to train a dog?
  3. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    1 jar.

    Several carrots.

    A few days.
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  4. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    Get a big bucket and fill it with bran. Throw loads of snails inside and cover with muslin. Leave for four days for them to purge themselves of all the rotting shit and filth they eat. Then gently sauté with garlic butter. Throw the snails in the bin reserving the butter. Eat butter with a nice baguette and a glass of cold white wine.
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  5. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

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  6. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    is this a windup?
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  7. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    I find the saute-ing stage unnecessary.
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  8. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    and the snail stage
  9. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh


    (and i'm sure i've read somewhere that the snails here are a different sort of snail to the snails that are considered edible in some bits of the world)
  10. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    Well that's kinda what I meant frogwoman - as long as those slimy little turds don't go anywhere the butter, or anything else that you're actually going to eat.
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  11. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    that's what i heard - aren't they poisonous?

    grim stuff anyway
  12. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    We need Onket to eat snails this year as he bottled it last year. :mad:
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  13. andysays

    andysays Defiantly non-premium member

    There's a variety of differnt snail species eaten in different parts of the world.

    The most popular edible snail in Europe is Helix pomatia, sometimes known in Britain as the Roman snail, because it was imported by them. And apparently it's a protected species, so you could be prosecuted for gathering and eating it.

    The most common snail in Britain is the Garden Snail, Helix aspersa. I suppose you could eat that, but presumably it's not so tasty as the other one. Personally I'm not inclined to try any of them...
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  14. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    here is gordon doing it at home
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  15. prunus

    prunus Mostly gone

    Done it, works fine, tastes like snails.
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  16. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    Nice one.

    There was a thread last year and I found some decent links. I had the snails in a couple of buckets with tights stretched over the top. They escaped several times and in the end I released them all down the park. My main aim was to get rid of the snails from my garden without needlessly killing them. So it is worth noting that I succeeded.

    This year I have bought some mesh and am planning to build a box using some bits from my fence that blew down.

    I am currently stripping out and refitting our downstairs toilet. So don't fucking moan if it doesn't happen instantly. The internet. Pah.
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  17. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

  18. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    this is how its going to be after the apocalypse isn't it? snails for tea
  19. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    Not in themselves, AFAIK, but some of what they eat is, hence the need to keep them and feed them on wholesome stuff for a while before cooking them.

    I'll eat most things once, but snails are something I'm really not inclined to try any time soon.
  20. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    i'd rather lick my own arse. and then die of starvation.
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  21. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    Or coffee? Molluscwell House?
  22. geminisnake

    geminisnake a complex mass of conflicting ideas

    Doesn't that just dry them out? It does with slugs, as it's one of the methods I use for natural slug eradication(because we have visiting hogs)
  23. geminisnake

    geminisnake a complex mass of conflicting ideas

    The first reply wasn't there yesterday :hmm:
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2014
  24. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    have all the naysayers actually tried a nice freshly cooked one?
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  25. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Hand-wringing liberal.

    Here's a film on the subject made by and starring ex-colleagues of mine :-

    Warning - the star of the film is a Breton and dispatches the snails in a slightly dodgy way ...

    I once owned the fridge that features in the film BTW. :)
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2014
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  26. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Tortuous :D
  27. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Just had a thought - if I feed them garlic, will they be pre-garlic'd?
  28. andysays

    andysays Defiantly non-premium member

    From my growing experience, snails and slugs are not that keen on eating garlic, onions etc.

    Maybe try them on lemon flavoured sorrel instead
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  29. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    I suppose serving them with salt is out of the question
  30. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I suppose seeing as I have eaten winkels ...

    But snails, .... nah give that one a miss!

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