My Paw-Paw used to catch alligator snappers in the creek behind his and Big Mama’s house in Marietta. He would keep them in 30-gallon garbage cans for a week or so in order to fatten them up before slaughter. He would even show the fierce creatures to my cousins and me, threatening to feed us to them if we didn’t behave. I suppose those days may have passed on with him. I also hate to think I may have played some small part in the reduction of such awesome creatures, but Paw-Paw’s turtle stew was a delicacy unlike any other! It still couldn’t hold a candle to his roast turtle, though, with a little au jus and creamed potatoes and collard greens piled high next to it! All I need now is a 4oz can of Bluebird Orange Juice….
They say you can get seven different kinds of meat from butchering a turtle. Depending on what part of the turtle you’re chewing on, the taste may be reminiscent of pork, or chicken, or veal, or fish….