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live snails for escargot

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live snails for escargot

Robin P | Jan 10, 2004 04:26 PM

After eyeing up the smallish (1" or so) snails in the Chinese markets in Sunset Park, I've been wondering if I can use these guys to make escargot.

My online research turned up information that sounds kind of brutal-- that I need to starve the snails for several days, then salt and press them before I cook them.

Has anyone tried this? Is it worth it? Are the Chinatown snails suitable for this preparation?

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