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    Default Escargot - Collect, Cleanse, Cook and Consume

    For the more adventurous of you, if you have garden snails - then after the next shower or watering, collect garden snails and put them in a good bucket or container.

    By removing the snails you are removing a pest from the garden as well as its offspring and you will need to use less snail pellets etc so it has a double benefit.

    You need to collect at least 20 or its simply not worth the trouble

    Place them in a cool dark space and ensure the bucket or container is covered with a damp but breathable cover, a damp dishcloth is ideal.
    Alternatively use a plastic cover with small holes punched or drilled through.
    Put in a minute amount of water to keep them moist… clean the tub and the snails everyday of snail poo.

    I have just collected some and they are being cleansed or purged over the week so I will update the blog then step by step for Escargot a la Boruguignonne

    It is important to cleanse them as we do not know really what their diet has been

    Some people just leave them for a week with no food but I find this does two things - firstly I find they loose body mass, and after waiting a week it seems a shame not to maximize return - secondly I think its cruel to starve them.

    Feeding is easy, most people use a little cornmeal or polenta mixed with herbs, I put in fennel fronds and some herbs.

    Another method is to collect them from your garden and feed them a carrot… when there poo turns orange they will be free of all toxins.

    - Its not at all hard, without al the somewhat ridiculous fuss of an old Irish Times et al - including the au pair and the maid in 1963 !!!!

    http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/mega...m-your-garden/

    Recipe to follow next weekend
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    Default Last minute reprieve

    Well, had to go back to work at short notice, so at 0600 this morning the snails got a last day reprieve - back at it again in two weeks

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    Default Re: Escargot part 1 - Collect and Cleanse

    How the heck do you find 20 snails? I might see only one a week in my place. And Ive got around one acre of land.

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    Default Re: Escargot part 1 - Collect and Cleanse

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroWedge View Post
    How the heck do you find 20 snails? I might see only one a week in my place. And Ive got around one acre of land.
    Thought you could live on next to nothing? What about deep fried wood lice?
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    Default Re: Escargot part 1 - Collect and Cleanse

    Updated with recipe and photos
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    Updated with recipe and photos
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