Conch Meat Prep for Recipes
Alright, well now you have some conch, out of the conch shell.
What is the next step?
That depends on which dish you are going to prepare.
Here are the basic steps for cleaning conch meat in preperation for your recipes.
I am sharing the steps for cleaning conch but you are better off paying for conch that is already cleaned.
It is not an easy task and the locals make it look real easy!
You may want to leave the hook on for a handle
- Place the conch body with the eyes face up and cut off the projection above the eyes and the proboscis.
- Cut out the esophagus that lays under the skin from the proboscis to the ragged edge of the muscle.
Find the intestine, which is a dark vein on the underside of the white muscle, and cut it out.
Slice through the skin from the bottom of the conch meat to the claw and use your thumb or knife to pull the tough skin off. Then remove the claw.
Wash the conch
a face only a mother could love!
the orange tails are cut off and only used primarily for Conch salad, ceviche or fritters
where the conch meat will be put through the food processor.
Here is the conch meat cleaned and ready.
Let’s face it, cleaning your own conch is probably not an option,
unless you do it ALL the time it is worth the investment to get it already cleaned by a pro.
Now let’s get on to preparing it for your recipes!
One step that is always necessary is the tenderizing with a “Beater”
A nice heavy Beater is neccessary for the best results.
This Conch meat is chopped up by hand for use in Stew, red gravy, ceviche etc.
Boiling the conch in neccessary to the tenderizing process.
It is boiled while the other ingredients are prepared.
One word of CAUTION!
When boiling conch it WILL FOAM UP a couple of times.
you must be right there at the beginning of the process to scoop out the foam.
Be ready with a large spoon and bowl to collect the foam as it is formed.
That way you avoid an overflow onto your stove.
Here we are soaking the beaten conch in a mixture of milk and vinegar.
This conch is going to be used in fried conch.
If you are going to use it in a salad like a ceviche you would then run it thru a food processor
until the bits are the size you want.
This Conch is used in Conch salad, ceviche or fritters. you can see all the brightly colored parts that can be used in these recipes.
This photo also shows some of the celery that is included in the ceviche type recipes and fritters too.
In the Conchy Joe Collection of recipes you will be given the steps necessary for each one.
to learn more about the recipes go here Conchy Joe recipe Collection