Limpets (Patella vulgata)

A common UK shellfish found on most rocky beaches in large numbers, they are shaped like flat-ridged cones and cling to rocks with considerable strength. The best way to collect is to use a small flat bladed knife and quickly get the blade under the shell, as the creatures will cling even tighter when threatened. Do not pick from piers or jetties or where they may have been exposed to polluted water. Do not eat dead specimens. After picking immediately transfer to a bucket of fresh clean water and leave them for at least 6 hours or even over night this will allow the creatures to flush salt water out of there system. To cook, boil until meat floats free of the shells. Limpets are an abundant food but tough and may require further cooking or boiling, can be fried with some oil or butter after boiling.

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