How to clean and cook snails

How to clean and cook snails

In order to prepare recipes with snails or escargots, first you have to purge and clean them well to remove any debris that may be in their body. This is necessary because snails feed on plants that can be harmful to the human body, despite eating them cooked. So you can prepare your dishes with snails without any risk, we explain step by step on OneHowTo how to clean and cook snails.

More than 2 hours medium difficulty
Steps to follow to make this recipe:

The first thing you should do is purge the snails to eliminate any substance that they have eaten and that can be harmful to our health.


You will have to starve the snails for at least one week, so we recommend that you leave them in a place with ventilation, preferably hanging.


You can give them flour to accelerate the process of eliminating all waste that snails can have in their body.


After around 7 to 10 days, immerse the snails in a bowl of cold water, salt and a little vinegar and leave them until all the gunk comes out. You can put salt on the rim so they will not escape.


Next, wash the snails several times so that they are perfectly clean.


To cook the snails, put them in a pot or pan with cold water - because if it is hot, they will hide in their shell- and when they start to get their horns out, you have to raise the heat to boil water.


Leave them in the boiling water so they cook for a few minutes.


Then, rinse them with cold water and drain the snails.


These snails will be ready to prepare the recipe that you like. A very easy option is to throw a lot of butter and garlic on them and stick them in the oven for a few minutes. You won't regret it!

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