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Old 28-07-2012, 15:51   #16
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Re: Turtle meat

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Re: Turtle meat

We had a BBQ team cater a diving event at a local lake many years ago. One of the divers came back with this big turtle he caught, and handed it over to the BBQ man....next time I saw it, it was the shell upside down in the BBQ, close to the firebox. (higher heat) They had cut the meat into chunks and were cooking it in butter and seasonings. When it was finally done....oh man oh man oh man! That was some yummy turtle meat. It was so soft, juicy, tasty....I'd never had turtle meat before....
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speakin' of Commander's Palace....

Turtle Soup

edit: forgot to say: most turtle in the States will be snapping turtle AFAIK
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Re: Turtle meat

The caymans have an aggressive turtle management program. Turtle is a traditional food for the islanders, but the massive influx of daily cruise ship visitors looking for local delicacies is unsustainable against the natural population.

As a result, the turtle you can get as a tourist is expensive, farm raised, and often poorly prepared.

I can't believe that it will be anything at all like a wild turtle expertly prepared in the traditional island style. If I am in the Caymans for any length of time, I'll seek that out, but I wouldn't blow 12 bucks on some deep fried turtle nuggets at a tourist bar.
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I would avoid farm raised turtle the same as I avoid farm raised fish.
Nasty bunch of chemicals, steroids and anti biotics.
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I would avoid farm raised turtle the same as I avoid farm raised fish.
Nasty bunch of chemicals, steroids and anti biotics.
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I do not have a source, I am not a scientific, cerebral type.
I recon I am assuming farmed turtle is not as healthy as wild. But I am more sure of fish. Anti biotics, steroids and hormones
are things I do not even trust MD's with.
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speakin' of Commander's Palace....

Turtle Soup

edit: forgot to say: most turtle in the States will be snapping turtle AFAIK
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Morea eels and Turtles are some of the most foul smelling things I have ever smelled cooking...Once a lady was cooking a turtle(cooter- snapping turtle)and a fellow was down the road working on a telephone pole and smelled it ,he knocked on the door and told them he knew what it was and wanted to know if they had some for him,happy bunch of red-necks...Picked up a couple of fellows hitchhicking in Cherokee once and there was a turtle that had been hit by a car in the road,they ate it! to each his own..if it taste like chicken,beef,rabbit,lamb,deer,goat and duck it cant be all bad ,or can it? DVC
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I recon I am assuming farmed turtle is not as healthy as wild. But I am more sure of fish. Anti biotics, steroids and hormones
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I agree, fish farms are an issue and it is well documented.

I am not aware one way or the other if the same applies to turtle farms. As far as I know, there are no negatives documented.
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The only thing ya get in Louisiana turtle is Mud, Catfish, and Crawfish. They are grown in swamp water naturaly! I don't have a thing to do with them except to eat em !!!
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I recon I am assuming farmed turtle is not as healthy as wild. But I am more sure of fish. Anti biotics, steroids and hormones
are things I do not even trust MD's with.
The Cayman turtle farm is open to the public, and is setup as a tourist attraction. Hundreds of turtles are kept in concrete pools. They are put into artificial habitats for breeding. The pools are open to viewing, and touching, and you can even pick the turtles up if you like. You can buy bags of food to feed the turtles, and ask all the questions you'd like.

There are 10 pools, as I recall, each with a different year of turtle. They are kept to 10 years of age, then farmed or released.

I also don't like farmed fish - they just are not the same as wild fish, and I can only imagine it's the same with turtles. I believe the difference is in the feed. Caged fish and turtles are going to be given the lowest possible grade of food available which sustains health and growth.
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Re: Turtle meat

Had clear turtle soup with sherry in it years ago in a top London restaurant. Tasted fabulous, but that was before the phrase "endangered species" had been invented. No idea where it came from beyond "the kitchen".
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The Cayman turtle farm is open to the public, and is setup as a tourist attraction. Hundreds of turtles are kept in concrete pools. They are put into artificial habitats for breeding. The pools are open to viewing, and touching, and you can even pick the turtles up if you like. You can buy bags of food to feed the turtles, and ask all the questions you'd like.

There are 10 pools, as I recall, each with a different year of turtle. They are kept to 10 years of age, then farmed or released.

I also don't like farmed fish - they just are not the same as wild fish, and I can only imagine it's the same with turtles. I believe the difference is in the feed. Caged fish and turtles are going to be given the lowest possible grade of food available which sustains health and growth.
So are we talking sea turtles or fresh water turtles/tortoises here? Loggerheads, greens, etc or snapper, etc?

People get riled up about eating turtles without understanding or differentiating what kind of turtles. Somehow, they don't do this for "fish".

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