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This is my first instructable !!!

Hi everyone my name is Andreia and I'm a Snailaholic.*hangs head in shame and hopes for help*.
I won't bore you with the details or nostalgic memories, that include my grandfather taking me snail "picking" as a treat, after the rooster spent the day chasing me all over the allotment with me screaming for mercy and my grandad after him shouting and waving a spade above his head, swearing that he'd make it into the pot that evening.

Step 1: Making the Vivarium

The vivarium needs to have good drainage,be kept under shade to keep cool and humidity in,be breathable as well as keep away predators ,like birds and mice.
Large scale snail farmers build cement blocks,because it's more cost efficient.
I've use 50 cheap bricks instead,made the floor by laying 12 bricks and started the structure up from there,making sure that any gaps were filled to prevent the snails from escaping.
* periwinkles shells for decoration optional"

<p>I'll be honest, i think slowly boiling them is animal cruelty, even though they're just molusks its not nice cook them alive slowly</p>
Ewwwwwww :( poor snails
<p>Fantastic instructable, thank you. Garlic and cheese snails is quite delicious. But I agree, don't go overboard with the garlic either.</p><p>I have heard of people putting maize meal/corn meal down in the Vivarium, what is your take on this?</p>
<p>Thank you . People use Maize/corn meal to &quot;purify&quot; the snails.If you are worried about or not sure what they've been eating, after collecting your snails put them in a clean container/box and feed them corn meal, after it went through them a couple of times you'll know for sure that they are clean. You can also drop some garlic there after without waiting to go through them, this way you don't need to go overboard with garlic when cooking.</p>
<p>Thanks for the advice. Will definitely try it as soon as I do a vivarium.</p>
<p>Ok, you mentioned slugs at one point. do you also eat those? </p><p>also , what if you happen to LOVE garlic? do the French cook their snails in the garlic and butter or do they add that after cooking? and would that make the &quot;idea&quot; of eating snails more appetizing? </p><p>THirdly, you grouted your bricks. do you add a brick floor under the soil or can't they escape under the soil, do you have to half bury the first row of bricks? the angled bricks are pretty but do they serve a purpose? Thanks for making this ibble. I've always been curious about snails.</p>
<p>Hi, I've never eating slugs, but there's always a first I hear. If you LOVE garlic add as many as you want to the &quot; stew&quot; water before dropping them in, you can even feed them garlic prior to cooking, and not allowing them to pass it. You'll have garlicky snails. I've laid twelve bricks for the floor and grouted those too, the purpose of the soil is for them to eat it and lay their eggs in. I don't know how deep they are willing to dig in order to escape,but given that I'm providing them with everything they need I doubt they'll be bothered. * snails rule* </p>
I am sorry, and I truly don't mean to offend...but...ewww. ..lol. I am a big fan of trying new foods and such and I enjoy grossing my family out by eating baby octopi and other squiggly things; but I just don't think my palate would agree with snails. Not to mention I am extremely grossed out by snails and slugs, almost to the point of a phobia. But to each their own and food is food as long as it tastes good and fills your belly. lol. Awesome work on the 'ible and keep on raising your own food, not matter what it is, cause self sustainability. is an admirable trait.
<p>It's ok I'm use to it by now lol. But you should at least try. X </p>
<p>Well done!</p>
<p>Thank you </p>
<p>I love your humor! How long does it take to get a bowl full of snail...(how long does it take for them to reproduce)?</p>
<p>Well it all depends how fast you can run to catch them. They mating season is In June,and October in hoter weather, ,I'm not sure exactly how long they get from eggs to edible size,but I would say approximately 2/3 months in the wild. This can all be encouraged if they have right conditions,warmth,humid environment ,good soil ,plenty of space. Big scale farmers normally have them indoors so they can easily control this factors.</p>
<p>I like the exploration of an unconventional topic. So do you plop the snails in the boiling water still alive, like a lobster? I was a bit unclear about what point they meet their demise.</p>
<p>Put the snails in when the water is warm and bring to boil, this way the snails will slowly pop out of their shells .They're just easier to eat that way. </p>
<p>Very nice job on your first inscrutable! Welcome to the community and may good fortune come your way in the distant future :) </p>
<p>Thank you. Hopefully in the near future too :) </p>

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