Gordon Ramsay's Recipes

Eating Snails from the Garden

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Admit it, you’ve suspiciously eyed those little snails in your backyard and wondered if they were the same thing being sold at the posh french restaurant down the street. If you’re a fan of Escargot, you’re in luck, because you can get it right out of your garden!

I was watching Gordon Ramsay’s F Word a few days ago and he paid his kids to get some snails out of the garden and cooked a great looking salad with them! Now before you run outside and begin greedily stuffing snails in your mouth, you should be aware that there’s a little bit of work which should be done before cooking the snails. Snails in your garden may have consumed toxins so you should purify them.

I would suggest gathering the snails right after or even during a heavy rain. Snails like to come out onto the sidewalk when it rains (they probably don’t like drowning). If you don’t anticipate rain anytime soon, you can spray the yard down with a garden hose and then wait awhile for the little guys to come crawling out. I don’t know how long it takes them to come out when it gets wet, but they are snails, so it’ll probably take a few hours.

After you’ve gathered your snails, place them in a jar with a tight fitting lid and a few holes for breathing and leave them alone for two days without feeding them. You want to make sure you don’t skip this step as it’s the detoxification process and will allow your snails to purge any toxins they’ve consumed recently. Gordon suggests putting a carrot in their jar after two days of detox and leaving them until their poo starts turning orange. I’ve also heard that you can feed them cornmeal which is supposed to make them taste good (I’m going to go with Gordon’s suggestion on this one). After they’re pooing orange, put them in an airtight jar and leave them in the fridge until they stop moving. Your snails are now ready to cook!

I’ll post a great recipe or two for Escargot and link to it soon. For now, I’m off to collect some snails since it just stopped raining (really, it did)!

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12 Comments

  1. Foodie

    Well they actually fall into a deep sleep as a result of the cold before they suffocate. This is better because they’re now asleep and won’t realize that you’re about to pour them into 212 degree water! Sleep is better than scald ;-) Check out the new post on how to cook them!

  2. Seattle Foodie

    I saw the exact same episode of The F Word here in Seattle. Because of that episode, I just collected around 40 snails from a friend’s garden. I’m in the process of detoxifying them now. :-) I’m super excited.

  3. Foodie

    Awesome! I just picked a bunch of them off the sidewalk yesterday! A big rainstorm blew through and I’m all set too. Let us know how it turns out.

  4. Richmond Mathewson

    I have just come back home from my Aunt-in-law’s country hovel (2 rooms, outside toilet), here in Bulgaria; we went to pick cherries, but I got seriously side-tracked by the fact that the cherry trees were full of whopping-great snails (as far up the branches as twice my height – I’m 6 foot 2) – so now snooping around on the internet while the 200 snails I gathered are fasting on my balcony.

  5. Kim

    I have never had snails and living here in the USA in my region I don’t think we have the same kind of snails. We have little snails and I mean tiny compaired to the ones you all have in your Gardens so I don’t think I can find the big ones here to try them. What is it that they taste like?

  6. Foodie

    They are delicious! You can find large snails in most parts of the US. I’m not quite sure why yours are so small. Many fine dining restaurants (especially French ones) will serve escargot.

  7. how2live4free

    There was a video on youtube of Gordon Ramsay going through this… I can’t find it online now.. if anyone can find it it is worth watching

  8. Tristan

    I live in malta where they have been cooking garden (land)scales for centuries (Bebbux). They are great as appitizers. After you have thoughly washed them, put then in a pot with a can of lager, a few cloves of garlic, a tablespoon of curry power, salt, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a splash of Worcester sauce. Boil them until they leave the shells easily and then rapidly boil away the liquor till almost dry; delicious!

  9. Laurence Wahpekeche

    Completely flawless. This is EXACTLY the information I was trying to look for yesterday. I can’t understand how it took me this long to find someone who write what I needed in plain a way I could understand. Thank you!

  10. Nadja

    umm,does anyone here knows what season and episode was this recipe in? thanks so much :)

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