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    • singlehouseholder
    • By singlehouseholder 10th Aug 06, 3:23 PM
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    Snail Farm anyone??
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    • 10th Aug 06, 3:23 PM
    Snail Farm anyone?? 10th Aug 06 at 3:23 PM
    The ultimate in oldschool moneysaving, get snails from your garden clean them out, well get them to clean the poo out of their system and eat them, as per the delectable Gordon Ramsey on last nights F word. Has anyone got any hints/tips on how to attract snails, where to keep them, what to feed them?? Anyone "kept" them before? I want to be a "snail-keeper."
    Ooo, I love snails me, best of all they're free!!!!!!!

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    • tanith
    • By tanith 10th Aug 06, 3:36 PM
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    I saw that too but nothing on earth would entice me to eat snails .. its the next thing to eating slugs and I don't even want to think about that

    His kids sure seemed to enjoy they obviously have been brought up to try anything... unlike me....
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    Really couldn't imagine anything worse..... shudder.....
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    Personally I don't think it's worth the effort; they taste like wellyboots in garlic.

    In my garden they like delphiniums, strawberries, herbs and beans.
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    • By heatherw_01 10th Aug 06, 3:41 PM
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    I can't inagine eating them, but after it has been raining they are always travelling accross my path.
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  • liz..
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    • 10th Aug 06, 4:09 PM
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    • 10th Aug 06, 4:09 PM
    could sell them to the nearest French restaurant on a regular basis. Double whammy, offer to clean up people's gardens for a small fee, clean out snails and then flog to eatery!

    I think you just starve the blighters for a few days to clean them out. Remember to put a lid on the container or they will all crawl away. I had a French grandma and this happened to her when she first got married.
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    • By Floss 10th Aug 06, 4:12 PM
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    Think Gordon said to starve them for 3-5 days, just washing with clean water. Then feed a carrot, till you see its poo turn orange (honest, thats what he said!), then clean sealed jar for 24 hrs, then 24hrs in fridge to send them to sleep before you boil them alive.

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    • By tim_n 10th Aug 06, 4:26 PM
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    Beer. They love it. Just stick a few trays down and check regularly. You'll get plenty of slugs too - just feed them to the birds!
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    • 10th Aug 06, 4:45 PM
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    I saw GR last night. Now I have eaten many things, including goat, guinea pig, kangaroo, crocodile & frogs legs but I cannot induce myself to swallow snails. Garden or gourmet variety Yuck.
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    I once met a French restaurateur who set up an escargot farm in Ecuador and then had the things shipped back to France. The blighters enjoy the cool, humid mountain air there apparently. They are grown in huge black polytunnels with misting humidifiers. I wonder if you could recreate the effect with a dustbin liner?
    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 10th Aug 06, 6:13 PM
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    could sell them to the nearest French restaurant on a regular basis. Double whammy, offer to clean up people's gardens for a small fee, clean out snails and then flog to eatery!

    I think you just starve the blighters for a few days to clean them out. Remember to put a lid on the container or they will all crawl away. I had a French grandma and this happened to her when she first got married.
    by liz..
    Visions of your Grandma crawling out the jar when her new hubbie wasn't looking......
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    • By Penelope Penguin 10th Aug 06, 6:40 PM
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    Has anyone got any hints/tips on how to attract snails, where to keep them, what to feed them?? Anyone "kept" them before? I want to be a "snail-keeper."
    Ooo, I love snails me, best of all they're free!!!!!!!
    by singlehouseholder
    Hi, SHH! I need to do nothing to attract the blighters, they're completely attracted to me and my garden

    Come round here, and you can have as many as you like!

    Loads of garlic butter, and french bread with them, but though I've eaten plenty in France, couldn't eat those from my garden.

    Luckily, my chooks fight over them, and they don't need garlic

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  • Kazonline
    I thought they had to be a 'special' kind! I had them as a child and loved them - but it might just be that I loved the garlic butter and champagne they were drowned in
    I did try eating a mussel at a beach once - yuck, was sick for days. Haven't been able to eat them since!
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    • By comping cat 10th Aug 06, 7:20 PM
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    I normally love the 'f' word, but last nights wasnt one of the best, veal, snails and then his poor piggies!!!!! i know his children said they liked the snails, but the little blond one didnt look to sure when she was eating it, maybe clever editing!!!!!
  • V Chic Chick
    Please note it is a different variety of snails you eat to the common or garden snails that you can find anywhere.
    • singlehouseholder
    • By singlehouseholder 10th Aug 06, 7:52 PM
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    Thanks y'all. The big fella Gordon just got his out of his garden, starved ,cleaned em then cooked 'em. I was dubious abut eating them at first, but shut my eyes popped one in and enjoyed the taste without thinking about what they were. I dont do feathers , hair or fur, butr if its got scales, or a shell, i'm in there. To me, the texture is quite meaty, haven't eaten meat for about 16 years so that could be way off the mark. They are juicy and sweet,I 'd rather eat a snail that one of those big green lip mussel things!! I'm going to go on a mission, I shall be snail woman!! Thanks everyone!
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    Visions of your Grandma crawling out the jar when her new hubbie wasn't looking......
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    Nice one Pooky, I had a laff over that one!
    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 10th Aug 06, 7:58 PM
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    Please note it is a different variety of snails you eat to the common or garden snails that you can find anywhere.
    by V Chic Chick
    Not according to Gordon, he collected normal garden snails from his garden, cleaned them (took a few days and involved feeding them carrots!!!) and then cooked them!!!!
    • moggins
    • By moggins 10th Aug 06, 9:47 PM
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    Yep you can eat the ones out of the garden although the ones normally eaten are Roman Snails I think? If they don't stop eating the contents of my garden then snails are all I will have to eat. I did have huge football sized cabbages until the snails got savaged them in one night, I was just on the verge of harvesting them too
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  • Jay-Jay
    Ooooh I find about 50 snails every day at the field where we keep our neddies. I hate them with a passion and have to get someone to remove them before I can get on with my jobs.

    They seem to like hiding down behind our feed bins but the place to find them is on the empty plastic feed sacks that are stuffed down behind the feed/water/rug barrels.

    If you want to encourage them then scrunch up some thick plastic, add a few buckets here and there, scatter a handful of animal feed around, squirt some water on it and leave it.

    Or come and see us and I can give you a few dozen a day.... s long as I don't have to touch them.
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