How to Prepare Snails For Cooking, Pictures From Scratch

This is how to place a snail in preparation for chopping off just the tip.
 Hello Ugo, your request came in right on time as I was about to go prepare some snails when I saw your mail. Yes, there is a very simple method of shelling your large snails without getting the kitchen messy. There is no need to crush the shells with a hammer cos that is a lot of work cleaning the broken pieces from your snails.

Some readers saw our crunchy peppered snail recipe and wanted a step by step snail preparation procedure but then, for no reason, I just couldn't remember the camera when I cooked snails. Sometimes I let the sellers clean my snails but not when a particular seller washes with alum. Snails washed with alum do not really taste natural to me. Thankfully this seller doesn't wash with limes so, the snails were brought home whole.

Cleaning your snails at home is the best. That same bowl of alum water is what snail traders use to
wash all snails bought in a day, that's from morning till night. They won't even leave that thick dirty water where buyers can peep, it's either under the table or a bit further where you can't see clearly.

Items For Easy
Snail Cleaning:

  1. A cleaver or machete
  2. Atable knife
  3. Limes or alum dropped in the water

How to remove slime from snails 

First cut off the tip with a machette, stone or cleaver as shown in the pics below.
Secondly, with a table knife put in through the cut tip, swirl the knife in and push out the snail through the large open end.
Finally, cut out the little shell still stuck on the snail, remove entrails and drop in the water solution containing alum or limes.
Wash, scrubbing the alum on the snail and in seconds you see that the slime is all gone.
Rinse and divide from the middle with a knife as shown in the pictures below.
Finally, add to a pot of salted boiling water to harden and get them crunchy. Leave to boil for about 3 to 5 minutes and you have your NO SLIME, CRUNCHY Snails. Weldone!
 With a butcher's knife or machete or even a hammer, chop off the
pointed tip of the snail to create an opening for your butter knife or whatever you'll use to turn and squeeze out the snail.

These are all empty shells, the snails have been removed without crushing or boiling them live. no messy slimy floors after cleaning

After chipping off, insert a table knife in the part you chopped and continue to push while turning your hand like you do with a key

Once the inserted table knife is turned inwards, snail pops out like here, some snails fall out completely, you remove the knife and push out the snail

Cut and squeeze limes into the snails, lemon can also be used but it doesn't clean as much as these limes.
Yeah, don't worry about that, always appears  when I take sugary drinks and disappears when I successfully stay off: Allergy :)

With your fingers, pull out the entrails, the black and white stuff

Cut off unwanted stuff while cleaning

Cut washed snails in halves like this picture

This pic should have come earlier, after removing snails from the shells, with your fingers, feel for tiny shell stuck on the white part and carefullycut that little shell off with a knife cos you don't want some shell in your food

Empty snail shells to be disposed

Today I was ready to show myself in my kitchen and then imagine, my girl fondles with the camera and some part became dark. Not my fault sha.


Snails are further cut into tiny pieces cos I want to add them to soup 


Rinsed snails ready to be plunged in a pot of boiling salted water


Immediately add snails to boiling water, you don't want no slime or freeze if they are not being used

Snails in boiling water

Colour changes when snails are cooked. Do not over cook please

 Boiled snails waiting for the right time to enter the hot pot.
Not many people know how to cook or eat snails but they are actually the best, you can eat daily without feeling of guilt. If you are cutting down on red meat, apart from chicken and fish snails are a very nutritious form of protein. Some people call them congo meat or white meat.

Enjoy as a snack or with your meal of choice. I love them invegetable and okro soups. Have you tried crunchy snails in tomato stew? I hear they are delicious but haven't tried, yet.
Have fun crunching!

Comments

  1. PinkYberRy00:48

    I love snail!! I prepare mine in crunchy as snacks most times.. peppered snail goes so well with white rice, yummy!!

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  2. PinkYberRy00:48

    I love snail!! I prepare mine in crunchy as snacks most times.. peppered snail goes so well with white rice, yummy!!

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  3. Thanks for this piece, came in at the right time.

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  4. Anonymous03:35

    Anty Eya,I love your counter,I have been admiring it instead of reading the procedure for cleaning snails,

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    1. Celestina Nnenna Okafor19:44

      Thanks a lot ma for the recipe, God bless you ma.

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    2. You are welcome Nnenna, happy cooking.

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  5. Anonymous13:02

    Well done,thanks 4 ds step

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    1. You are welcome.Thanks too for the comment.

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  6. Yeahhh anty Eya I made moin moin and corn beef today it was so nice. Thanks

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    1. Wow! I'm so happy you love the outcome of your corned beef moi moi. Thanks for the feedback.

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  7. Anonymous14:04

    Thanks Eya its right on time. God bless you!

    Pls does anyone know where I can get QUALITY okrika clothes for children in Lagos? Thanks

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    1. Anonymous09:41

      It depends the side u live in Lag,but one is at Agbara side(vexper abi na aspander)

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  8. Quite hectic, what if I buy the market washed one and then use lime and salt water to rewash when I get home? I love snails so much but can't stand the slimy nature while washing it myself. Welldon Eya.

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    1. Anonymous06:19

      I will go with Gee Emmy's method. Less hectic. For women like mua who don't like cooking, shortcuts are the best.

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    2. Yes. You can buy and rinse well at home before cooking.

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  9. sisi19:34

    You can never go wrong with snail .

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  10. sisi19:35

    You can never go wrong with snail .

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  11. gbaski21:10

    Another way I no aunt eya, just boil water, after its boiled pour d snail inside. After a few minites, u can use broom or knife to pick out d snail itslf without having to break d shell, it wl cm off so easily ul b amazed* then wash with lime

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    1. Anonymous06:17

      Is this not too much torment for the living creatures? Animals have suffered in the hands of callous man.

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    2. Ok thanks for sharing your method with us.

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  12. I love snails to bits. Tnks

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  13. Anonymous16:38

    Into snail big time! Thanks aunt eya

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  14. Anonymous19:23

    tanx... Can i also use raw garri to wash snail.. I heard its also good.

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    1. Anonymous06:15

      Raw garri dries the slime up but not for long. With lime juice, they remain dry for some time or at least until your water boils,

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  15. Yh, I heard garri is good too.

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  16. Yh, I heard garri is good too.

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  17. Anonymous14:52

    Hello ladies. Where can one buy snails wholesale at a good price in Abuja.

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    1. Anonymous06:13

      Try Suleja market or you ask the snail retailers

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  18. May god bless you for sharing this .

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