August 21, 2009, Newsletter Issue #434: How To Cook Snails

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There are many minor differences to the correct way to cook snails. Most experts agree that there are steps that must be taken before adding them to your favorite recipe. Here are some tips.
The first thing you want to do after you get them is put them in a colander to rinse off any visible dirt or debris. Then they must be purged. This usually takes two weeks. You can either put them in water for about four days and then feed them cornmeal for the next ten days, or you can start them on the cornmeal right away for two weeks. Make sure to change the water every day. After that they can be boiled from three to ten minutes. While they are boiling a foam rises to the top of the water which you need to keep scraping off. You may even need to change the water if it gets to polluted with the foam. Once the foam is gone you know the snails are done. Most of them will also be out of their shells when done, you can pick the rest out yourself. Cut off the gall which is the coil part, it will be the last part out of the shell. They can tend to be chewy whole, so a lot of people cut them up and combine them with seasonings.

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