Blog Park Cities Water and Escargot, Please May 11, 2011November 15, 2019 Charles Geilich 6 Comments Animals, Uncategorized, Weather Should we be concerned with scary weather and a plague of snails? Share this article...emailFacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedin
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Killing slugs can be fun for the whole family! The most gruesome way is to head outside at night with a flashlight and salt shaker – sprinkle a lil salt and they die right away like the wicked witch of the west. Or leave a shallow dish of beer out overnight and in the morning you have a shallow dish of dead slugs. If you have a pool and and a bag of diatomaceous earth, sprinkle some all around your flower beds or garden where the slugs are going to town on your plants. Something about that stuff, they crawl across it and it shreds them somehow. We lived in Santa Cruz where the University mascot is the banana slug, google an image of that sucker at 10 to 12 plump, slimy inches. If you wanted to strike up a conversation with any stranger in town just asked them how they deal with the slugs this year..
@ Kmom, I think “Killing slugs can be fun for the whole family” is the subtitle to “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
We lived in San Francisco and I attempted to raise the helix variety for comsumption. After weeks of feeding my brood(they like cornmeal)followed by purging to remove the poop, I began the boil down process. The snails started foaming and released a putrid yellow-green discharge that brought on a sudden attack of nausea. That ended my career as a snail farmer, but not my appetitie for the little buggers. Luckily I can order a case of Roland snails on the internet for about $3.00 a can. Score.
Beverly and Kmom’s posts just made me throw up a little in my mouth…IJS.
When you really consider some foods, like snails or lobster, you realize that someone had to be the first to eat them, and that someone had to be seriously hungry at the time. But, hey, that’s how some great discoveries have been made (and some painful deaths).
My husband and children LOVE eating snails, it would be awesome if it were the garden variety and all you had to do was snatch ’em up and broil them with garlic and butter. But as Beverly says it’s way more complicated than that to prepare edible snails. What a shame. Remember Martys on Oaklawn? They used to sell escargot packed in shells with butter and herbs, all you had to do was broil them for a few minutes. My husband and son LOVED those snails……does anywhere else in Dallas sell them made up like that? Personally I think they are repulsive in my garden or my plate, but I’ve cooked them for my family many times. Raw oysters are repulsive too, my men love them as well. I love the Jonathan Swift quote on the wall at S & D, “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster”.