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You Say Garden Snail, I Say Escargot!

The garden snail. They are formidable pests which have tormented gardeners for generations. There are more and less environmentally friendly ways of getting rid of garden snails. How about turning them into a gourmet meal?  Sure - why not feast on them before they feast on your produce? Snails are close relatives of clams and oysters, so try substituting snails in recipes that call for other mollusks. Keep your appetite in check while you do your prep work: You need to deslime snails before using them in recipes (see what I mean?).  Soak them in water with 1 tbsp. of vinegar and 2 tbsp. of salt for every dozen snails. Change the solution several times. After soaking, rinse the snails then boil in just enough water to cover them for 10 minutes.  Pick the snails out of the shell with a needle or nut pick, or simply crack the shell between your thumb and forefinger to remove the snail. Cut off the intestines and black parts. Also remove the tail, cartilage and gristle, if desired. You can buy reusable shells, which are sold in import or gourmet shops as "coquilles". Stuff two garden snails in each shell and press herb butter into the opening. Bake at 425 degrees until the butter bubbles. Go on - embrace the garden snail with open arms and an empty stomach. From now on if you catch a snail eating your lettuce, eat the snail!  Simple, sustainable, effective and delicious. For more green ideas, visit www.onethingsacramento.com

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09/21/2011 2:56AM
You Say Garden Snail, I Say Escargot!
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10/03/2011 6:44AM
Nina Chandler
Hi Kat, I know this really isn't the proper forum for this, but I just want to let you know that I am a medical cannabis patient and I am promoting food drives in all of the dispensaries. I'm doing this as a volunteer for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. If I could get ANY of the radio personalities at the Eagle to mention this on air, we could blow this food collection drive out of the water! Many cannabis patients, including myself, listen to the Eagle. If the patients knew about the food drive, they could encourage their collectives, who are not yet on board to participate. If any dispensary wants to participate and doesn't know how to, please have them call Sacramento Food Bank at 916-456-1980 and get the 411. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services serves over 15,000 people a month. The need has significantly grown due to the bad economy. Kat, please help me get the word out. The cannabis patients need to walk into their collectives with a can of spinach and say, "Where the hell is your collection barrel?".
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