Catching frogs and toads. Methods of preparation and eating frogs and toads.

Edible or pond frog (Rana esculenta, Pelophylax kl. Esculentus) is one of the most common frog species in Europe. They can be found in streams, swamps, ponds, backwaters, as well as in rivers with a small current. 

Catching frogs and toads. Methods of cooking and eating frogs and toads.

Frogs are much easier and easier to catch than other animals. Some ways to catch them:

To jam a frog with a long stick from the shore and then collect.
To catch a frog with an improvised net, for example, made of a branch bifurcated at the end and a piece of fabric tied to it.
Catch a frog on an impromptu fishing rod by hooking on a fishing or homemade hook a piece of a bright rag or sheet and moving it in front of the frog’s eyes.

It is widely believed that only the hind legs of frogs are edible. Yes, they really make up the most fleshy and attractive, from the gastronomic point of view, part of it, however, you can eat the frog as a whole only by first removing the head and entrails.

Catching frogs and toads. Methods of preparation and eating frogs and toads.
fire or skillet, simmer or use in soup. But if the frog is planned to be boiled, then in addition to gutting, it is advisable to remove the skin from it, which gives bitterness in the broth. To make it easier to lag behind the meat when removing the skin, scald the frog with boiling water or hold it in hot water for several minutes.

Catching frogs and toads. Methods of preparation and eating frogs and toads.

If there is an opportunity and time, then the prepared frog meat can be soaked for 10-12 hours in cold water, while changing it every 3-4 hours. After this procedure, when saturated with water, the meat turns white, swells and tastes better. In general, the taste of frog meat resembles that of chicken meat. The remains of the entrails or the frog’s meat remaining after cutting can be used as bait or bait for catching other animals.

Catching frogs and toads. Methods of preparation and eating frogs and toads.

Just like frogs, you can catch and eat their relatives of toads. They belong to the same family and differ mainly in their appearance, the toad’s head is smaller, the skin is rougher and drier, the legs are shorter than the frog’s, it crawls more than jumps. There are no fundamental differences in the methods of their preparation.

Some species of frogs and toads secrete poison with their cutaneous glands, which is dangerous only for animals and completely harmless to humans. As for the species of poisonous frogs and toads dangerous to human health, they live mainly in the tropics and are distinguished by their unusual appearance or color.

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