Turtle For Supper ?

Discussion in 'Turtle Talk' started by Cherokee, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. Cherokee

    Cherokee New Member

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    Look Whats For Supper:wink::big_smile: 1st one weighed 14 lbs without its head
     

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  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    YUMMY!!! That looks like some good eating. Did you noodle or R&R? Either way,nice catch!!! :big_smile:
     

  3. Cherokee

    Cherokee New Member

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    Here is a couple more we caught 7 all together on trout lines and deer Meat for bait.
     

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  4. r_p_narramore

    r_p_narramore New Member

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    I've never eat a softshell before, but those snappers make for some good eating.
     
  5. River_monster91

    River_monster91 New Member

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    them look like some mighty fine eating....how about ya send a few this way
     
  6. fordman49450

    fordman49450 New Member

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    I've had turtle but never prepared one myself, how do you guys go about preparing them for eating? and how do you cook them?
     
  7. jukeboxjon

    jukeboxjon New Member

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    the way i clean them is to first get it to bite down on a stick and stretch its neck out for the chopping block then i drive a nail through its tail hanging from a fence post to bleed out , with a sharp knife i cut around the under shell and gravity does the gutting process i have found its easiier to skin the legs much like you would a catfish with a pair of needle nose once skinned reach in and twist legs free of top shell same with the neck in my opinion the best eating, i soak overnite in salt water and then prepare much like you would a frying chicken , some would parboil a larger turtle but i have never found them that tough and have eaten turtles 50 lbs or more (alligator snapper) soft shells are usually a lot more tender and not so gamey tasting i guess coming more from creeks an streams then the snappers i have harvested from farm ponds , hope that helps
     
  8. fordman49450

    fordman49450 New Member

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    ok, so basically the legs and neck are the edible portions of the turtle?
     
  9. jukeboxjon

    jukeboxjon New Member

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    there is also some meat under the shell which tradionally is used in making turtle soup from i just never found enough meat there making it worthwhile myself
     
  10. Cherokee

    Cherokee New Member

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    Friend thgat help me caught them cleaned them all we kept was the legg and neck
     
  11. This Guy

    This Guy New Member

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    The salt water must be an important step, 'cause the one I had, we just cut the legs off cooked 'em over the camp fire and ate them right off the bone. As hungry as I was, it wasn't that good.
     
  12. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    yum. that meat under the ribs inside the shell is two white meaT STRIPS. i have a 20 # er im cleaning today.
     
  13. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    you sound like survivorman. lol.