Thursday, December 1, 2011
Cleaning conch and making a horn
We can clean a mean crab in short order but cleaning conch is a first, so our good friends Captains Bob & Didgie were on hand to walk us through the process.
There are really two ways to clean a conch depending on what you want to do with the shell afterwards. One uses a hammer to break a hole in the top spiral large enough to get a knife in to cut the ligament holding the meat to the shell.
There were three that we we are cleaning this way. You can see the shell on the right: the first hole was a bit high and the second did the trick.
The other way to clean these is to freeze them overnight and once frozen, place them in a warm bucket of water allowing them to partially thaw. Your can then pull out the meat and leave the shell intact. We wanted one to make a conch horn, a right of passage I guess.
I guess we can take this off our bucket list!
Posted by John and Jeannie Coyle at 9:03 AM