For a savory insect Halloween party food, try escargot – a French recipe for cooked snails. Yes, snails are really mollusks–not insects, but they fall under the category of unwanted pest and great Halloween party food. Since we deal with pest control, this month we’re posting an alternative to traditional pest control: eat the pests! Of course if these recipes don’t appeal to you, you can always call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control to get rid of your pests in the traditional manner.

The basic ingredient for escargot is in almost every California garden: snails. You can make escargot from snails collected from your garden; however, if you thought roasting mealworms was gross, forget about snails. The process involves collecting healthy, fat snails from your garden, feeding them lettuce for a 10-day cleansing period, de-sliming, and then finally, cooking with loads of butter and garlic. Mother Earth News has a very detailed and stomach churning description of the process. Alternatively, you can purchase pre-cooked snails ready for the butter and garlic treatment. Canned snails are available at gourmet food markets and on-line.

Grapevine Snail

Yum!

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