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What do turtles taste like?
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SingleMommy    Posted 04-23-2002 at 03:48:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am curious if turtle resemble any other meat in taste? I didn't know you could eat them :0) and would love to know.

SingleMommy (lonely in New England!)

Redneck    Posted 04-23-2002 at 17:10:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to have a uncle that would wade the edge of creeks and run his arm up under the bank to pull out the snapping turtles.The ones he caught were taken home and fattened and cleaned out on cornbread and milk.

If you like tame rabbit or frog legs,you'll love turtle.I'm partial to the hind legs,battered and deep fried.

They're yummy! Al E. Gator    Posted 04-23-2002 at 16:50:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

Manitoba    Posted 04-23-2002 at 09:05:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
The natives deep fry snapper in these parts...I have tasted it and its mighty good...They grow mighty big in "Lake of the Woods"

JoeK    Posted 04-23-2002 at 08:18:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got introduced to turtle yrs ago while workin in Ohio.One of them room and board type jobs with some folks who truly lived off the land,If it swam,scurried or flew or grew they ate it.Snappin turtle was a staple,usually floured and fried.There was several(7?)different flavors of meat and you learned to pick the pieces you preferred like eatin chicken.Turtle was beheaded and tail nailed to a tree to bleed out overnight and I was told this was very important to do.All baked goods were sourdough,wild onion,carrots,garlic,catfish,carp,rabbit,snake,even groundhog and such were not uncommon table fare there.....don't miss it much,but remember it well.

Larry    Posted 04-23-2002 at 15:31:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like the river rats who live along the Mississippi here in Wisconsin. Not too many of those foks around any more. They could really set a good table with what they could catch from or around the river. I like my turtle deep fried. You'll find seven kinds of meat in a turtle. Chicken,roast beef,pork,fish,.....hhhhmmmm now I can't remember what the rest were.

Spence    Posted 04-23-2002 at 06:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Campbell's used to sell Turtle soup. Sort of beefy I found.

Mike in Va. knew a Turtle trapper    Posted 04-23-2002 at 07:06:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
He would trap them out of farm ponds. After he got a trailer full he'd take them to Campbells Soup plant near Richmond. They had to be alive for Campbell to take them. They stunk so bad that buzzards would flock around the trailer until he could get off. He made good $$$ at it for a while. Our pond was one of the ponds he trapped from. That was 20 years ago or so. Funny, I saw him about 3 years ago (he now lives in Miss.) and he asked me about the Turtles at my place. Think I'll trap one this summer and soak him clean in a 55 gal. barrel. Then I'll need that old family recipe that one of you folks will send on...
Anybody got a Turtle Gumbo recipe to share?

John in Maryland    Posted 04-24-2002 at 14:21:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Mike, do you remember how he designed his traps? I "designed" on like a big crabpot, with just enough out of the water that it wouldn't drown. Made round out of hog wire, with like a "funnel" of chicken wire going up into it. I baited it w/salted eel or dead bluegills. Only thing I could was a big ol mud turtle, I think they call them "skill pots" or something, ain't sure. I know we have some big snappers in the ponds, and there is an old fella I work with that loves em, and I'd like to catch a few for him, but haven't been able to, except for when I catch them out of the pond. Any ideas?

Spence    Posted 04-23-2002 at 08:37:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Haven't seen any Ox Tail soups on the Campbell racks lately either, maybe they were just out of stock.

But tell me, did they use the snapping turtle
or painted turtle, or did it matter.?

Mike in Va.    Posted 04-23-2002 at 09:04:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not seen the soup in a while myself. I believe he took anything with a shell on it. The Mudders were soaked some first. We got one 2 years ago that the shell is bigger than a 5 gal. bucket lid. Dried the shell out. Put it up on the high nick-nack shelf in the kitchen with a small light behind it. Looks nice. I remember eatin my uncles turtle stew in fish camp... have you ever noticed how good food tastes when cooked outdoors?

Jim (Mi)    Posted 04-23-2002 at 05:06:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Turtle soup is actually great. When I was a kid we would go to my uncle outfit camps in Canada. There was a lady who would be up there, and she would cook it. The meat comes from the shell. When you clean them, in the shell will be different color meat each tasting different. The biggest thing is how you clean them. If you do it wrong, nasty-nasty smell. They also need to be bled right.

LH    Posted 04-23-2002 at 05:05:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well my papy and grandparnts always said there were 7 different edible meats in a turtle. I never ate any turtle soup, but like it fried and it does taste a bit like chicken but has a different texture and is quite tasty.Reminded me more of fried frog legs than anything else.

Sned    Posted 04-23-2002 at 04:10:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
The one time I tried it I couldn't get it past my nose. For me it wasn't pleasant at all. Maybe it wasn't prepard right....

Mudcat49    Posted 04-23-2002 at 03:51:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
They taste like chicken!

Chicken...    Posted 04-23-2002 at 03:50:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry, couldn't resist.

I had Snapping Turtle Soup YEARS ago, and as I recall, it was a very mild-tasting meat, kind of slick-textured. Not at all unpleasant, but not something I'd go to any special effort to get.

F14, in Maine...

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