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Old 08-09-2009, 04:32 AM   #1
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Frogs legs nearing extinction!

Why we shouldn't eat frogs' legs

According to this news report frogs are nearing extinction and I just wondered how many people here actually eat frogs legs or have tried them? I don't think I could stomach them as I'm pretty fussy when it comes to eating meat - ie: has to be off the bone, not rare etc etc.

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Old 08-09-2009, 06:50 AM   #2
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That would be great news to the people of N.E. Australia - you know, the ones with the massive cane toad problem!

Like so many things (catfish, alligator, etc.), in the southern states frogs are raised commercially on farms for the dinner table and are not in danger of going extinct. If you were to close your eyes while eating a frog's leg, you'd think you were eating game hen.
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:04 AM   #3
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Frog Legs are mighty good!! They say it tastes like chicken, but it doesn't.
It tastes more like fried rattlesnake, which is also mighty good!
I reckon for most folks, though, that is not a glowing recommendation!!!
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:06 AM   #4
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The market is booming for frog wheelchairs.
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:14 AM   #5
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Like so many things (catfish, alligator, etc.), in the southern states frogs are raised commercially on farms for the dinner table
This is good news....Can you tell me the location of some of these commercial Frog Farms??? It's been a while since I've had a good mess of frog legs...Delicious!
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:30 AM   #6
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I love frog legs, I haven't had them since I was a kid when my grandfather and I would go "gigging" and he'd fry 'em up.
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:53 AM   #7
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I haven't had them for decades, but there used to be a little French restaurant in Santa Monica where my father-in-law and I often ordered them, and they were great.
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:55 AM   #8
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The market is booming for frog wheelchairs.
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:48 PM   #9
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We can buy frozen ones here. There's no shortage of frogs in southern Illinois. I like'em, but DH isn't that crazy about them, so we haven't bought any.
I guess the last time I ate any was at King Frog, around Dalton, Ga (I think...we were on our way to Florida.)
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:05 PM   #10
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Years ago I really enjoyed frog's legs - either sauteed with a wonderful garlic butter or fried & served with an excellent homemade tartare sauce. I enjoyed them in restaurants & even cooked them myself at home. If cooked properly, the flavor & texture is like an unbelievably silky & tender mild poultry. Fat-free poultry I might add.

These days, unfortunately, unless you live in the deep South of the U.S. where there are still outlets for the prime local product, 99.9% of any frogs legs you find - fresh or frozen - in your local seafood market come from Asia. Thus, since I don't trust the fishing/raising/handling of exported fresh products from that part of the world, it's been many years since I've enjoyed them.

But if you ever DO come across the prime U.S. produced product, & aren't culinarily picky/squeamish (sigh), do try them. It's worth it.
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