Turtles- I ate my first one but not my last

Discussion in 'Turtle Talk' started by mudcatt, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. mudcatt

    mudcatt New Member

    Messages:
    7
    State:
    Arkansas
    Man turtle is great alot of work for a little meat but so is boiled shrimp. the turtle i had was deep fried in oil and bacon greese. any one have any other way to cook it that i can try?
     
  2. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

    Messages:
    9,751
    State:
    GC, OHIO
    Turtle is great, I like it in soup. Hard to beat. Next time I clean one I will take pics to show you an easier way.
     

  3. augila

    augila New Member

    Messages:
    25
    State:
    Texas
    Hurry up Tea, inquiring minds want to know.
     
  4. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

    Messages:
    1,006
    State:
    Iowa
    we always pressure cooked them, and then chicken fried em. Boy is it good.
     
  5. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

    Messages:
    9,751
    State:
    GC, OHIO
    In a nutshell........

    Take the turtle and let him clean out a few days in a small plastic pool with water or some sort of area.

    Cut the Turtles head off close to the skull. Let the tutle bleed out for a little while.

    Stick a water hose down the turtles neck, then fasten the neck skin to water hose with bailing wire or any type of wire.

    Turn on water hose, turtle will blow up like a balloon and kill the nerves instantly. Cracking the shell and seperating the meat all at the same time.

    Then cut around the shell and such, easier to clean and meat falls out. I will take pics next time I catch one and do step by step for ya.
     
  6. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Messages:
    881
    State:
    Gastonia N
    That the way I like them fixed.

    :cat:
     
  7. CrawDaddy

    CrawDaddy New Member

    Messages:
    379
    State:
    Texas
    Wow!! I just moved to South Texas. I have been amazed at how much these guys like what most people call trash fish. I've met a few guys that fish for gar and when they get a catfish they throw it back!!!!!!

    I caught a turtle last night on a trot line I have set up in the canal behind the house. I would have dreamt of cooking it hehe. Guess my curiosity is peeked now tho!!
     
  8. catwacker

    catwacker New Member

    Messages:
    202
    State:
    illinois
    i cook alot of turtle. the fastest way is pressure cook with a bayleaf for 40 (large turtle, #20 and up) minutes, cool. bread and deep fry.
    the easiest way is bread and fry till crispy, then put in 325 oven for 1 1/2 hours.
    my favorite way, fry till crispy, put it in the crock pot, cover with cream of mushroom soup and cook about 5 hrs, till its falling off the bone.
    it just don't get much better than this!!!
    catwacker
     
  9. CrawDaddy

    CrawDaddy New Member

    Messages:
    379
    State:
    Texas
    I'll have to wait and see it done 1st. I just aint brave enough!!
     
  10. Cattracker16

    Cattracker16 New Member

    Messages:
    356
    State:
    Wilton Iowa
    turtle soup, sounds good to me i have 3 packs of turtle meat in freezer. any1 have a good recipe for the stew or soup? thanks in advance

    Kenny
     
  11. roundhill

    roundhill New Member

    Messages:
    810
    State:
    kings mtn
    mat if we can catch a turtle in kentucky lake maybe you can make some at the national gathering
     
  12. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

    Messages:
    9,751
    State:
    GC, OHIO
    Need a few days to clean em out, not good to eat right away. If I can catch one before then I will transport and demonstrate for yall.
     
  13. catcatcher311

    catcatcher311 New Member

    Messages:
    73
    State:
    Ne
    Hey guys what kind of turtles are you guys talking about snappers.
     
  14. tbartek

    tbartek New Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    742
    State:
    New Germany, PA
    Hey Matt, some of us are waiting on the pictures. Catch a turtle will ya:big_smile:
     
  15. kaleigh

    kaleigh New Member

    Messages:
    283
    State:
    Lehigh Valley Pa
    I have been catching some very large snappers,with shells 4' across and heads as big as my fist.But I have been hoping they throw the hook!!!!!!!!1 Anyone have any ideas on how to kill and clean them???? I had turtle soup as a kid and loved it. Any ideas would be loved!!!!!!!!!! Please IM me with your thoughts
     
  16. rocket256

    rocket256 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,606
    State:
    Oklahoma
    Name:
    McGill
    I cant wait tell teaysvalleyguy posts some pics. cause I always just let them go. Now; the next one wont be so lucky!:confused2: He's gonna be on a plate.
     
  17. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

    Messages:
    1,353
    State:
    Richmond ,Indiana
    I Love Me Some Turtle !! Like It In Soup ,fried, Bbq'.
     
  18. navigator

    navigator New Member

    Messages:
    199
    State:
    NC- Brunswick County
    I had a neighbor that made turtle stew.
    He made it just like brunswick stew and used turtle, pork and chicken.
    man was it good.

    he always fixed it in a big black pot that looked like a witches cauldron and invited all us neighbors.

    One thing he did was run the meat through his meat grinder, not sure why but it was always good.

    I think you only eat snappers to answer someone else's question.
    If you aren't worried about it biting you, let it go.
     
  19. Larry69

    Larry69 New Member

    Messages:
    14
    State:
    Florida
    Sorry to drag up an old thread, but were these pics ever posted, perhaps to another thread? I'd like to see them too if so.
     
  20. Larry Beever

    Larry Beever New Member

    Messages:
    279
    State:
    Indianapolis Indiana
    Hi Scott, Fried turtle is pretty good! But if you
    want to expand try making turtle stew or soup.
    I'm assuming you may already know how to make
    beef stew or soup. Just use turtle meat instead. And
    beware that turtles tend to be somewhat tuff. So
    pressure cooking them or slow crook pot cooking
    is a good idea.