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How to cook limpets

June 4th, 2014
Limpets being cooked

Limpets on a base of winkles

Limpets are really easy to cook writes Bev who recently stayed in Seymour tower with her children.

Send the boys out to collect but really only winter months (our first ever exception for Seymour tower) please ask people to take only small amounts and from a wide area and to take all sizes as the females are large and the males small and I think reproduce differently at differing stages in their lifecycle so it is important to do this or it is easy to decimate a whole population by only taking larger specimens.

Cooking is easy, some people take them out of their shells raw then take the black sac off, we found this a bit of a fiddle so just stick some garlic butter on the top and put them in a hot oven until they look done when they are coming away from the shells and garlic butter just browning. Usually i use a snail dish or just a tiny holed muffin/petit four case making tin to hold them upside down but any small fairy cake tray will do, or even a dish of old winkle shells!

Sometimes they need a quick scrub before cooking if they have been in a sandy or weedy bucket..minimal prep really!

Bon appetit!!

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