What one needs to know to buy snail shells?
The capacities of «Snails House» are located in the ecologically pristine village, where snails are cultivated in the most favorable conditions. We gather snails manually so that to ensure careful treatment and safety. «Snails House» specializes in cultivating two major types of snails: Helix Pomatia snails, or edible snails, and Helix Aspersa Muller and Maxima, known as garden snails. Their shells are similar having yellow-brown or yellow-white spirals with dark and light stripes. Garden snails have more signified dark-brown or almost black stripes.
The quality of snails is defined by the color and visual features of shells, which contain calcium carbonate and other microelements, taken by the snails from the environment, where they live. Since snails grow in the process of mineralization, they need mineral diet in the beginning of their growth. When the mollusks reach the caviar stage of development, they eat their calcium membrane after emergence. Then, calcium is taken from the nature, where they live.
Buy high quality snail shells in large bulk
The shell of healthy mollusk, which has been grown in good and favorable conditions, is hard and bright. It is damage-free with distinct color and legible stripes. The age of mollusk is defined by the shell size and number of curls.
You are free and always welcome to order clamshells and snails at «Snails House», since our assortment is rich to offer you snail fillets and snails separated from shells. You are free to use them for preparation of delicacies and delicious dishes, economizing time on refinery and processing.
How snails are removed from shells?
French cuisine offers snails in the shells. The process of removing snails from their shells is as following: wash snails in flowing water; boil meat in salt water during 5-10 mins. As a result of this process, mucus is released, which is necessary to wash. Cooled mollusks are to be removed from the shells with the help of pin, fork or toothpick.
In production-line conditions, this process is a somewhat different, where mollusks are boiled in huge vats. When they are boiled, several stages of processing are taking place. When mollusks are cooled, they are removed from their shells with the help of special devices and sent for further refinery and preparation.
Processing of shells is a time-consuming process, including several stages: washing of snails, warming them up at a temperature of 100 degrees and drying. The color of shells changes and gets lighter, while characteristic scent disappears. The remaining shells are carefully examined and utilized, if any defect has been found. Utilization of the broken shells is required to avoid any damages and wounds.
The snails, offered at «Snails House» have already passed all stages refinery. They are packaged in specific boxes, suitable for long-distance transportation. In addition to easiness, which you get with the use of our snail, you dishes will look beautiful due to shells’ bright colors.