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Sep 16, 2010 10:20 AM

Snails - fresh, frozen or canned?

Anyone know a good source for any of the above? I want to make a snail pot pie (or escargot en croute if you prefer, lol)

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  1. I posted a similar thread about one year ago looking for live snails and never got any responses. You can find the canned version in most major supermarkets or specialty food shops.

    Unfortunately I don't think there's enough demand for live ones here (at least not yet).


    1. Canned is easy, most grocery stores sell them, any Longos or Dominion should work. Higher end grocery stores also sometimes have them frozen, but that is usually frozen in garlic butter which wouldn't really work for you. Also they are WAY cheaper in the can. I can't say I've ever seen them fresh though.
      It's good to hear of somebody doing something with snails other than the boring old 'escargot in garlic butter'!

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      1. re: graydyn

        When I was living in China I did a play on carpetbaggers (oyster stuffed in a beef tenderloin) by stuffing snails in a quail breast. Snails in Quails :)

      2. I believe I have seen periwinkles at Diana's Seafood, but don't know when they're available. I usually just buy the canned ones at Loblaws or Superstore.

        Diana's Seafood
        2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

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        1. re: Full tummy

          I saw fresh periwinkles (snails) for sale at Diana's Seafood yesterday.

          Diana's Seafood
          2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

        2. Frozen snails topped with garlic butter from Burgundy France can be found in the frozen section of most good supermarkets like Lobslaw, Metro, Sobey's or Longos
          BTW, Periwinkles are 'edible littoral MARINE snails'. I believe the OP is asking for 'landbased' ones?! Periwinkles' texture is way tougher than escargot.

          1. I've seen them at Metro...and I'm intrigued by your pie! Perhaps if you're in the area, you can ask someone at St. Lawrence Market...or maybe one of the seafood stores in Kensington?


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            1. re: ekim256

              I saw them today at St. Lawrence Market (stuffed with garlic and butter though) and canned at Metro

              St. Lawrence Market
              92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA