Freshwater snails edible?
Found a good supply of these big snails (Chinese Mystery Snails) in a nearby lake. Wondering if they're edible (i mean, can you eat them and *live*) if steamed to kill any parasites.
I've eaten (loved) heaping plates full of marine snails (and proper "escargot" in restaurants)... It would be neat if I start gathering these and cooking them up.
Watched Les Stroud eat 'em. He's still filming, as far as I know. Go for it.
As long as they're thoroughly cooked and not taken from polluted water, I'd say they're fair game. I can't recommend anyone else eat them but I'd give them a go. But at one time, I'd have given box tortoises a go, too.... until I found out they have a nasty habit of eating poisonous mushrooms and becoming quite toxic, as a result.
I used to collect fresh water mussels for a neighbor. It's illegal to gather them now where I used to get them. Otters and coons don't pay any attention to the laws though. If you steam the snails I would try it. A lot more meat on the mussels though.
Not from TX waters because of health/pollution concerns.
I have heard they can carry a massive amount of bacteria- cook them suckers real good pilgrim!
flukes and tapeworms eat good too! Yum!
Bunch of bottom feeders... LOL
Notice we've not heard from owensdad in while?
Maybe he should have gone with the fried Spam samich.
Gents, thank you for your replies. I'll let you now when I try one/some. I would have by now, but... if i may hijack my own thread here -
I just drove in from UPMC Childrens Hospital in Pittsburgh. My son, Owen, who is 11, just had the "Nuss Procedure", a surgical procedure that corrects a severely depressed sternum by raising it (markedly) with a metal bar. The bar is about a foot long, attaches to ribs on both sides, and stays in for about a year. I had to return to work / Mommy will be "camping" w/ O for the rest of the week.
Owen's chest looks beautiful. Yesterday morning, he woke up by running his fingers over his new chest form. He only whispered, "my sternum is awesome". Short version: If you know of any boy who has this condition, please recommend this amazing procedure. It is well-known for its very painful recovery period, but it works! (fingers crossed here that the bar doesn't slip out of place, but... so far so good).
Good to hear.
My best Spam story:
One time, while in college, my girlfriend (now wife) paid me a surprise visit. I wasn't there when she arrived but anyway... She looked in the oven and found a shrivelled hunk of pink meat laying in a congealed puddle fo white fat. A few cloves laid amongst the fat.
This is what happens when you're alone for the holidays and you cook a SPAM like a real ham (scored with diagonal marks and with a garnished with cloves).
I think she cried.
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Just did a speed read on "History of Pectus Excavatum" by Dr. Nuss...
Also just realized I have it though not pronounced...3 lower ribs on left side...or maybe just a deformity..has never had negative effect of any kind..big rib cage....
Owen is a tough Guy for sure...And it's amazing what modern medicine can do...
(Right in their with when a Doc super glued off a greatly enlarged blood vessel in my brain....or gamma knifed brain tumor #2)
Wonderful and amazing.
Looks great and wishing Owen well...
DON'T go feeding him any snails. ;)
Joey Ward & Blue Wolf - thanks for your kind words. BW - right with you, word for word. Owen's condition had been getting steadily worse, to the extent that it started to displace his heart and hungs. I shook that surgeon's hand with teary eyes more than once. Here's Owen's spirit for you... he sang quietly to himself in the backseat on the ride down to Pittsburgh. Wow. And i get a tension headache before a dental exam. He was in alot of pain yesterday, but has an epideural (sp.?), an IV, and is taking pills - all loaded with painkillers. My man will miss his beloved midget football this Fall, but we are gonna fish/camp (summer) and hunt our tails off. Anyway, i'm rambling here at a mile a minute. Must run. Thanks again for your interest.
Just saw this..... Dale, I am glad to hear that Owie is mending... never even knew of such a condition...
and I hope, no, I know he will enjoy fishing/camping/hunting with you and may only miss football a lil...
Tell him, we is all pullin for him....
SR - thank you. I will make sure that he gets your message.
Owen's caption says it all.
Wishing the best for Owen. Sounds like a tough young lad. Thanks for sharing his story with us.