Snails with green slime? Now that’s gross!

August 27, 2009 | By | Comments (3)

I’m the kind of person who follows through with what I say
I’m going to do. I take it very seriously and see keeping your word as a matter
of integrity. However, when it comes to this escargot project, I need to scream
a big fat UNCLE!

I mean, this has gone from mildly gross to straight up

I read a few antique cookbooks, some French, others not. I
also took the advice that some our dear readers (thanks Hank and Terri) left in
the comments section. And I looked at a story about snails previously published
by Sunset. Overall, I felt ready. Definitely more calculated than the last

I purged the snails as before, and when the time came to
take the next step, I had all the ingredients on hand. I had made a gorgeous
compound herb butter and had extra herbs and garlic on hand to make sure it was
a full-flavored success. I even bought a fresh loaf of crusty bread.


Then I dropped the escargot into a pot of lightly salted
boiling water.

This is where I need to inject a disclaimer: If you have an
easy gag reflex or a weak stomach or any form of queasiness at all, stop
reading this post, because it’s about to get nasty.

After about 30 seconds, the flesh of the snails started to
turn green. I’m talking green like a bad sinus infection. The water turned
green, everything turned green. And as if that isn’t gross enough, I waited
another minute or so and started to spoon them out of the water only to have
them dripping slime.

Snot Do you see that? I realize the photo isn’t in focus, but
look under the spoon at the large viscous snot-like drip hanging down about 3

Horrifying. And you want me to put it in my mouth?

Then I transferred them to a plate and the green slime keep


I tried to go to the next step. Really I tried. I even got
out a toothpick to pluck their green slimed bodies out of the shells. But the
shells kept crushing and then hot green slimy guts, or whatever they were, just
poured out onto my fingers. How am I supposed to “re-stuff” the shells if they
all disintegrated?

That’s when I called it quits. Done. No mas. Nada. Not on
your life under any circumstances.

Now, I need to just clarify something about myself at this
point. I am not exactly a pansy when it comes to icky business or gross animal
parts. My father and most members of my family are avid hunters and anglers. So
as a child, being around the slaughter and processing of various animals was
quite normal for me. In fact, I consider myself a damn fine butcher if I do say
so myself.

Need someone to gut, skin, and breakdown a fresh deer, give
me a call. Got a cooler full of day-old sea urchins that need to have their
stomachs emptied and scraped? I’m your girl. No problem.

But this whole snail business? The French can have it.


  1. Eric wills

    I eat chairs

    November 8, 2016 at 9:31 am
  2. James


    November 8, 2016 at 9:24 am
  3. Margaret

    This was my experience trying to cook snails. Yuck, yuck, yuck. Don’t know how the French do it, but after I tried it, I never ate escargot again.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:44 am

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