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Snails - fresh, frozen or canned?

downtownfoodie Sep 16, 2010 10:20 AM

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. Splendid Wine Snob RE: downtownfoodie Sep 16, 2010 10:44 AM

    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).


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      graydyn RE: downtownfoodie Sep 16, 2010 10:50 AM

      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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        downtownfoodie RE: graydyn Sep 16, 2010 11:11 AM

        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. Full tummy RE: downtownfoodie Sep 16, 2010 11:14 AM

        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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          juno RE: Full tummy Sep 16, 2010 03:00 PM

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

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

        2. Charles Yu RE: downtownfoodie Sep 16, 2010 04:23 PM

          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. ekim256 RE: downtownfoodie Sep 17, 2010 02:09 AM

            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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              ekim256 RE: ekim256 Sep 18, 2010 08:38 PM

              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

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              SpupEh RE: downtownfoodie Oct 26, 2010 11:00 PM

              I bought a couple of trays of frozen freshwater snails at the downtown T&T. They were large and precooked; alas they were VERY rubbery and not much flavour. I was going to use them in a recipe that calls for tinned snails - what was I thinking?! - and nearly ruined the dish. I still have one tray in the freezer and no idea what to do with them (>_<;)

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                tochowchick RE: downtownfoodie Oct 27, 2010 05:27 AM

                Have plenty of frozen snails at Seafood Depot, Aviva Park Dr. in Woodbridge...great source for fresh and frozen seafood and fish.

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