Speaking of Frozen Frog

Yesterday so many read my “Frozen Fog” post as “Frozen Frog” and I had to go digging through my photos to find this one.

Around Thanksgiving when we were up at the meat market where we got our turkey, I noticed in the cooler that they had frozen frog legs.  I love fried frog legs and I was just fixing to grab a box and I noticed it said “Product of China”.  WHAT?  Can’t they even get frog legs from Louisiana?   Not to be gross but . . in Louisiana, the guys would go out gigging for frogs, bring them home and clean them and we’d have fantastic fried frog legs but . . there’s something about frog legs from China that as much as I would love a big plate full of them, I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

So . . frozen fog . . frozen frog . . you name it and I can blog about it! 🙂

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    My older brothers used to go frog gigging when we were growing up. I think they had a blast and they usually brought some frogs back. Luckily they always did it at night and I never saw then “clean” them. We have a pond in front of our house and my family are amazed at how big some of the bullfrogs are. But, no one even thinks about gigging them anymore. Funny how times change. Good memories.

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    Peggy says

    I agree with you about not buying food from other countries when it could be available right here in the USA. I have written to our local chain of food stores that is getting it’s ground beef, chuck etc from Canada, Mexico or USA. I accidently bought some and it was tasteless.

  3. 3

    says

    I had frog legs many years ago when on vacation with my grandparents and they were good, as I recall. Otherwise, I’m not a very adventurous eater!

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    Rona says

    Blast from the past! I haven’t had frog legs since I was a kid. I remember watching two of the men in our area skin the frogs and then fry them. Mmmm… tastes like fishy chicken. Sorry. But that is what I think of when I remember the taste. They were good, no doubt.

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    Toni says

    I agree, Judy, on the imported fruit, veggies and meat from foreign countries. I nearly croaked, sorry, when I walked in our military commissary and found onions from Peru! Can we not grow enough onions in this country for everyone. Tell me why most of our citrus, meaning this area in TN, come from CA. We are 2,000 miles from CA and only 600 from the heart of FL’s citrus center. I’ll get off my soapbox now.

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    Marilyn Smith says

    Re: Comment #5 Being a CA girl who just picked 12 huge bags of citrus (grapefruit and oranges) off our trees to donate to Hidden Harvest (food bank), I am bothered with all the fruits and veggies from Mexico as well. Florida grapefruit/oranges are sold here as well…and there is just tons and tons of citrus right here in the Coachella Valley. Think of all the extra we are paying for the shipping of the same item cross country.

    Today I am going to buy a juicer to juice and freeze the lemons. And, some fresh squeezed orange juice for a few mornings. We have plenty of fruit left on the trees.

    Marilyn (IQuiltToo)

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    Dorothy S says

    My step brothers loved to go frog gigging, I could never bring myself to try frog legs. I think the last time he went out and had an officer, not sure if it was a game person or not or just a county deputy, but he confiscated Fred’s bucket of frogs, said he was ‘hunting’ them out of season.. never knew they had a ‘season’! Fred said he, the deputy, just wanted frog legs without the work!

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    Norma says

    Judy, when I was in high school we had to dissect frogs. The weekend before that class the boys would go out gigging and catch the biggest bullfrogs. My husband fondly remembers a frogging trip (at night in the bayou) where he, his brother and cousin had filled a sack full of bullfrogs. His brother got jumpy when he heard a noise and spilled every last one of the frogs in the water! What memories your “frozen frog” brought back to me.

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    says

    I’m sorry – but those must of been some pretty nice size frogs – if they are marked like shrimps (how many per pound) – and there are only 2-4 legs per pound … Super Sized Frog Legs !

    I get fried frog legs when we go to chinese buffet – but they certainly aren’t in the 2-4 per pound range !

  10. 11

    Kerri says

    LOL! You’re really is like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you’re going “read” get!

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    Bobbie says

    That is one thing I’ve never tried -frog legs-and don’t plan on it.
    About food from China or Mexico–I’m getting all out of shape about avaocados–I love them, but all I can find are from Mexico or Chili–none ever from the USA and I just flat won’t buy them and I really, really want a avaocado Hugs, Bobbie

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    Dianah says

    It has been 2 years since my last trip to NOLA. I have been craving gator. Now I am going to be wanting frog too. I should get a plane ticket.

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    Alma says

    You can keep the frog legs!
    Speaking of foreign food, what gets me is the little containers of fruit and Jello from TAIWAN! Can’t we make our own Jello?!!

  14. 16

    says

    Good for you! Not buying from other countries is a step we ALL need to take. Let’s get Americans working first. I work at the unemployment office and see every day what the effects of buying from other countries has done to everyday people. Okay, I’m done preaching…

    My husband loves frog legs, too. We go to the meat locker every couple of months and pick up goodies like them and pork patties. The pork patties are something we buy when it’s nice enough to bbq and he can put them on the grill.

    Tammy K. in snowy Illinois

  15. 17

    says

    Toni, it’s really funny that you talked about CA oranges. I’m in SoCal and there’s mostly Florida oranges in the markets. For several years I administered an orange grove that my boss owned. It was co-oped through Sunkist. You’d have thought we’d be able to buy Sunkist here. I seem to recall they were exporting most of them at that time. That may have changed. I haven’t kept up since the grove was sold. Just always thought it was strange.

  16. 18

    says

    I haven’t thought about frog gigging in years, Judy! We would go as kids, after dark, shining the flashlight to see their eyes better. It was a little creepy not knowing if it was really a frog you were seeing, though! I don’t blame you about the Chinese frog legs, though, I couldn’t have eaten those either!

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    Robin says

    I can’t get over the fact that there are so many of you that actually eat ( let alone like ) frog legs!!! Couldn’t get me to touch them with a ten foot pole!!! 🙂 After living in FL for 20 years I can say that we had oranges from CA in our supermarkets- most of the FL oranges went for juice.

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    says

    I’ve never had frog legs and I don’t think I ever will. It just doesn’t appeal to me. But what really appeals to me is food that is grown or caught in/on our own continent. Frozen veggies, Europe’s Best, when there is fresh produce at the local market. what’s wrong with Canada’s Best or USA’s Best. Most tuna is from Thailand and there’s some frozen chicken that’s a product of Malaysia. Why would anyone want to eat anything that’s from a foreign country? And baby food from China! Why? And different countries (China) have laxer food guidelines so why would we want to consume their products? Okay that’s it for now, just had to have my say.

  19. 21

    says

    Judy, only YOU would have a picture of frozen frog (legs) to post on your blog to match the misread title! Too funny.

    I’ve never had frog legs but they cannot be too bad if they are that popular. Then again, I think oysters served raw are disgusting and lots of people adore them. So be it!

    Here in SoCalif we grow EVERYTHING so there are lots of farmer’s markets which is the best place to get your locally grown stuff. Just now the strawberry season is about to start. I’ve been considering a dwarf lime tree for my backyard–already have a dwarf Hass avocado and love it.

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    Marie says

    Judy, I asked my husband who has driven a semi since ’64, why we can’t get the foods we grow here. As far as fresh fruits and vegies, he says it all follows the growing season. First it ripens in Mexico, then moves to TX, AZ and CA. As the weather warms, then you will find stuff from USA. As far as food from foreign countries, they pay $2 or $4 a day to work factories overseas and can pay export taxes and still make a bundle. So our companies here send all that they can overseas and rake in the profits when they bring them back over. There is a company in Grandview that makes light assemblies for vehicles and other things. They had a contract with Walmart to furnish their things for their stores. Well Walmart gave the contract to a company overseas cause they were cheaper and the G’view company had to lay off about 1/3 of their employees. If we don’t buy things made from outside the USA, then maybe, just maybe it will eventually catch up.

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      says

      That’s a big part of it but the taxes on corporate profits here are outrageous. Vince was saying it’s something like 35% here and in some countries, it’s as low as 12% and I think he mentioned some country that has no corporate profit tax. It also has to do with labor laws, environmental laws, etc. I’m not saying I’m against any of those laws and we certainly don’t want the working conditions here that some countries have, nor do we want horrible pollution and other problems but folks, we’re taxing and regulating our country out of the market! Vince was talking to some guy who works for a big pharma company and he said that in 20 years, they won’t have a plant left in this country. I guess labor laws, corporate taxes, environmental laws, etc. won’t be an issue when there’s NO work left here! Yes, it scares me .. really!

      • shari heath says

        I agree about many regulations, but many food laws in Europe are much more stringent than ours…and they have the inspectors to enforce them…now SE asia is another story. Also Europe tends to buy foods daily we don’t, so there’s a requirement for less food in the chain at any given time. Some of our farmers sell their crops by contract to large corporations, i.e. FL OJ. We are also partly to blame for the increase in foreign foods and products as we won’t pay the price for local foods and our tastes have grown far beyond the local food supply. Your kiwi probably can’t be grown on the local farm.

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    says

    That is SO funny that you blogged about it, because every time I looked at the title of that blog entry, I would read “Frozen Frog” instead of “Fog.”