How small of a turtle will you butcher?

Discussion in 'Turtle Talk' started by Larry Beever, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Larry Beever

    Larry Beever New Member

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    For years I have only kept snappers that
    were about 20# or more. The old man who taught
    me how to clean them told me it was'nt worth
    the effort to clean smaller ones. Well,I recently caught 5 snappers that were abuot
    the size of a dinner plate. I'm guessing they
    weighed 5-7# I was surprised how quick and
    easy they were to clean. It only took me
    20 mins to clean each one of them. The larger
    ones usually take me about an hour. After
    removing the hide I found that I could easily
    pull the front legs out of their joints and
    cut them off. With large turtles this is much more difficult. With the hind quaters a couple
    easy cuts with tin snips and they came off
    quick. I think the quanity of meat I got from
    each one of them was well worth the effort!
    I have'nt eaten any of them yet. But I'm
    guessing that the young meat will probably
    be verry good!
     
  2. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    thats about the same as me. smaller than a dinner plate i dont mess with. about 7-8lbs i suppose. but i dont rely on weight. i just can tell be looking if i want to mess with them or not.
     

  3. DICK151

    DICK151 New Member

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    I'm with Jeremy on that one, doesn't matter the weight if there's not enough meat!
     
  4. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    i wonder if you could batter and fry the baby ones? now that would be tender. i got one last week that's smaller than a 50 cent piece. 100 or so more and i'll have a meal!
     
  5. Shenandoah

    Shenandoah New Member

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    Kentucky fried popcorn snapper finger lickin good