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Post by Rohn on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:34 pm

We have been setting out some hooks for turtles.  We caught one pretty good sized one and are hoping for more.  We will be making them into turtle stew or perhaps fried turtle.  Here are some pictures of the one we caught.

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This one wasn't what I consider a real big one, it measured 15" from the front of the shell to the back of the shell.  
Hope to catch a few more big ones.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:38 pm

I've never had turtle, what does it taste like? That is a pretty good size turtle you managed to snag, only ones I've seen around here are 5 or 6 inches long.
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Post by Rohn on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:43 pm

Patrice, I don't really know what turtle tastes like since this is the first year I have tried this. I'll let you know after I have tried it. The president of our gun club makes up a wild game dinner every year and he will be showing us how to clean and cook them.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:52 pm

I know my neighbor caught a big one years ago and kept it in a huge tube of water for at least a week. He changed the water every day, he said you had to do that to get the turtle cleaned out before making soup out of it.
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Post by 12acrehome on Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:02 pm

nice one. 15 to 18 inch turtles (snapping turtles ) are the best size for cleaning and eating. The easiest way to clean one is to remove it's head first, then insert a water hose...the skin will pull away from the meat that way.

Patrice, just as a chicken has two different meats with different tastes, a turtle has 8 different meats. Most are good, the best flavor if from the leg and tail muscle groups, but these tend to be the toughest meats too. So some of the turtle has a similar taste to alligator, but otherwise it tastes like turtle (seriously)

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Post by Rohn on Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:46 pm

PATRICE IN IL wrote:I know my neighbor caught a big one years ago and kept it in a huge tube of water for at least a week. He changed the water every day, he said you had to do that to get the turtle cleaned out before making soup out of it.

We will be keeping it for several days before butchering it and changing the water just like your neighbor did. After cutting off its head we will hang it up for a day to drain before proceeding. At least that is what I have been told. I am just learning about doing this and so time will tell. Doing a bit of reading up on it too.
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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:29 am

In my experience the majority of the turtle tastes very like roast beef. I too have heard about the 7 different meats and from what I can tell you their only seems to be two flavors in a turtle. The legs taste of roast beef and the neck tastes of really rotten fish! YUCK.

If I was cleaning a turtle to eat today I would lop off the head to kill it and just cut off the legs to use as supper. After I had the legs I would just get rid of the rest. There is not enough meat inside of the shell to warrant all of the work necessary to open it.

We make a "beef" stew of sorts with our turtle meat. Carrots, tomatoes, onion, garlic, potatoes and celery. As long as you only use the legs and plan on long slow cook times, it turns out lovely.
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Post by Rohn on Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:38 am

Thanks Farmfresh and 12 acres for the information. Anybody else have any experience with turtle trapping or eating? I'd love for you to post about it. I'm just an amateur, and am learning so any input is welcome and helpful.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:47 am

Thanks for the info on what it tastes like. I don't know if I'd be adventurous enough to give it a try, I get tummy issues with new/different foods.
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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:45 am

Different meats are usually less of a problem for the tummy than other things. As long as it is not too greasy.

Hubby has often teased about our freezer usually containing the eight major meat groups: fish, rabbit, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, venison and squirrel. Laughing  Sometimes we even have duck or quail in there.
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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:49 am

mmm I'm eatin at your house Very Happy 


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Post by Rohn on Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:20 am

Farmfresh wrote:Different meats are usually less of a problem for the tummy than other things.  As long as it is not too greasy.  

Hubby has often teased about our freezer usually containing the eight major meat groups: fish, rabbit, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, venison and squirrel.   Laughing   Sometimes we even have duck or quail in there.

I agree with 12acres. What time is supper? I'll be there!!!! Wink 
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Post by mountainmama on Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:51 am

I've never tried eating turtle, but I find the replies interesting. Now I've eaten alligator jerky and it was delicious. Kangaroo was so-so, Ostrich was downright yucky, didn't really like frog legs, quail was ok, but my favorite "wild" meat besides venison is pheasant. (Our area has critter dinners on a yearly basis.)

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Post by dizzy on Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:07 am

Hubby was given a turtle years ago. He made soup out of it. I don't have a clue as to how it tasted, but it smelled terrible! I refused to try it, so he offered some to my dog-she sniffed it and turned away. Laughing 

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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:43 am

Raccoon is the meat that bothered me. Tasted fine, just bothered me.

Of course we had a wild animal permit when I was a kid and used to rehabilitate and release raccoons that had been orphaned. Eating the raccoon was a little like sitting down to a supper of poodle .. at least to me.
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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:35 pm

Raccoon and groundhog (woodchuck) both seemed to have a greasy taste to me, don't care for either. Quail I like, Pheasant is a rare treat around here, Dove is ok at best, you can keep duck and goose, heavy dry and greasy tasting.

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