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Oct 6, 2013 10:58 AM


Also... which brand or brands are the best? Hopefully I will find some in smaller cans - maybe 12 -18 per can.

I haven't made that at home in many years ...yucky sight coming out of the can, but I just returned from Paris and am ready to make some at home again.


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  1. I get mine (plus the shells to serve them in) from Draeger's.

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    1. re: CarrieWas218

      Thanks Carrie....

      I am thinking of putting them in mushrooms instead of shells.

      I just called Draeger's - they have 2 brands

      Helix - 2 doz. 'very large' $11.50.

      Roland 1 doz. Giant - $7.29

      Any preference?

      I am hoping to find them in S.F.

      1. re: Canthespam

        I tend to the buy the Roland because I only ever want a single dozen. I remember my parents buying the Helix as they would make two dozen and have that with dinner along with an artichoke.

        I would make calls to Gourmet & More in Hayes or Say Cheese in Cole Valley - those are two great stores with lots of gourmet items.

        1. re: CarrieWas218

          I called both before I posted and also Bi-Rite...and a few others with no luck. I guess I'll have to drive down to Draeger's in Sam Mateo,

          1. re: Canthespam

            I bought some once at Cost Plus...and they were nasty and "swampy"

            Even when Sauteed with wine, garlic and butter.

            Some Asian places sell live and fresh.

            1. re: Mission

              No way would I buy them live and fresh ... it was bad enough looking at them dead and canned :-)

              Thanks for heads up on Cost Plus... that would have been another choice to call.

              Somebody in SF must sell them.

              1. re: Canthespam

                Maybe Cal-Mart on California@Spruce in the Laurel Village shopping center?

                1. re: DavidT

                  Thanks David, I was shopping in Cal-Mart and Laurel Supermarket ast week and I did check with them both. Nothing. Laurel said that they used to carry them, but they have had a difficult time getting imports - especially French soap.

                  1. re: DavidT

                    Thanks so much David ... I just called Cal-Mart and yes they do have them... both Roland and Helix - cans of 12. When I asked last week they said no and I couldn't find them.

                    1. re: Canthespam

                      Please let us know which you buy and how they taste?

                      1. re: Mission

                        It maybe a few weeks before I make them, but I will let you know the results.

                2. re: Mission

                  I found them on Amazon, Helix and Roland, but they come in multiple packages. I want to try making them again first and then maybe I'll buy them from Amazon. Both brands get good online reviews.

        2. Just saw some at whole foods in rwc. Maybe they have them in sf? They were helix brand.

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          1. re: peppatty

            Thanks ... that's pretty close to home. Ours is one of the smaller stores, but I'll check tomorrow.

            1. re: peppatty

              I found them at Whole Foods on 24th St. When I called to ask, I was told that they didn't have any, but they transferred me to the meat dept (???) and one of the butchers immediately said they were on the International aisle.

              I bought Saveurs de la terre Helix Escargot, 18 count, 7 oz cab for $7.99. The can actually had 20 in it. I made them tonight, some with just a butter/garlic mixture and a few in large mushrooms with the same butter mixture. Excellent, especially the ones in the mushrooms, juicy and moist. I topped the mushrooms with grated parmesan. I also made an excellent salad frisee with bacon and croutons and of course crispy french bread.

              Not our usual week night meal - a nice treat. Thanks so much for helping me to find them.

              1. re: Canthespam

                Thanks for reporting back! Now I'm craving snails...

            2. where did you get the frisee lettuce?

              1. If you ever need a larger quantity I picked up a 28oz. can of Chef's Quality brand. Label says there are 8 dozen large escargot. They are a product of Indonesia, not Burgundy. Can't speak to the quality as I've not opened it yet. I believe I paid ~ $13 at Restaurant Depot.

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                1. re: letsindulge

                  That's a fantastic priceā€¦ I wonder if you can freeze them in smaller batches? There are only two of us - so 12 are enough for us. I found some on Amazon in small cans and ordered 8 cans. They are excellent and I still have some cans left.