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Cleaning a Bull Frog / Skinning a Bull Frog
« on: August 04, 2007, 04:30:18 PM »
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Whether you hand catch, gig, shoot, or fish for bullfrogs youíre going to need something to put them in.  I try to hand catch as many as possible and then gig the rest, not killing them at the time.  Itís usually late at night (or very early in the morning) when you get done, and I usually donít feel like cleaning them right then.  Itís much easier to clean them the next morning when itís daylight.  That being said, we take the bottom part of the leg from an old pair of blue jeans, sew up one end, and then sew some kind of cord or rope into the other end to be used as a draw string.  It costs next to nothing, is simple to make, and you donít have to worry about the frogs getting out of it.



This series shows how to clean the WHOLE frog.  Some people will just cut the back legs off and throw the rest away.  Thatís a waste of good meat.  Especially on larger frogs, thereís quite a bit of meat on the upper half of a frog, so why waste it?  Even if itís a small to medium sized frog, it still shouldnít be wasted.  It doesnít take anytime extra really to clean, so utilize as much of the animal as possible. Now, youíll need a frog (or several if you were lucky enough to get them).



The next step is to kill the frog.  I donít want an animal to be alive when itís being cleaned, so Iíll usually take care of this in the easiest way possible.  In the picture below, youíll notice that Iím holding the frog with itís belly up, over the top of a pretty good sized rock.  While holding the frog like this, youíre going to smack the frogís head on the rock pretty hard, with a glancing blow.  Usually, 1 good hard lick is enough to take care of them, but I usually hit them 3-4 times just to make sure.  When youíre done, the frogís tongue will probably be sticking out.







Start cutting right behind the ear (the round spot behind each eye).  Make a cut all of the way around the frog in this area.





After youíve got the skin cut all the way around behind the head, stick your thumb under the edge of the skin at the throat.  Youíre getting it loose right here to grab it with a pair of pliers.  You donít have to use pliers, but it does make it easier and quicker getting the skin off.




Hold the frog up by the head (behind the jaws) and grab the skin with the pliers and pull back toward the back legs.  You may have to rotate between pulling on the belly side and the back side.  Pull the skin off to the front feet.  You can either cut the feet off now, or wait until later.  I usually wait so that I donít have to switch between the pliers and knife.




Once you get the skin to the top of the back legs, thereís a point where the skin is  a little more difficult to get off.  Alternate between the front and back, working the skin a little at a time, and continue to pull the skin all of the way off of the back feet.



You should now have the skin completely off of the frog.



Now take your fingers and bend the tip of the front foot/leg (sorry for the blurry picture).  Where the foot bends at the tip (the wrist area), take your knife and cut the foot off, cutting from the side right in the joint.






Complete again for the other foot.  You should now have both front feet cut off.




Time for the back feet now.  The process is the same as the front feet.  Bend the foot, and find the first joint and cut through the joint from the side.






The picture below shows the joint of the back foot after youíve cut it off.




Time to get rid of the head now.  Cut all of the way around behind the head with your knife.



Once youíve cut around the head, grab the head and twist it around until it come off.  Pull the head off and any of the entrails that come with it.





Now split the rib cage.  Stick the tip of your knife in just above the back legs and cut all of the way up to split skin and ribs.



Once you get up to the ribs, hold on either side of the frog and apply a little pressure to the knife to get it to cut up through the breast bone.




Once youíve got it opened up, spread out the frog and pick out any pieces of the guts that are left, and then rinse the frog off with water to remove anything else.






Youíre done now!  Roll in some seasoned flour, fry, and enjoy some good frog legs!!!





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Re: Cleaning / Skinning a Bull Frog
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2007, 05:17:52 PM »
That is really good, BC!  O0
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Re: Cleaning / Skinning a Bull Frog
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2007, 07:02:02 PM »
Thanks for posting this GP! O0

If for some reason, some of the pictures don't show up (you have a box with a red "X" in it), just right click on the picture and go to "Show Picture" and that one picture will reload.  Do this with any other pictures that don't show up.

And yes, cleaning the whole frog is worth it.  There's quite a bit of meat on the upper part, especially on larger frogs.  Frogs are usually pretty hard to come by, so why waste anything if you don't have to. O0
« Last Edit: August 07, 2007, 12:50:02 PM by Big58cal »
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Re: Cleaning / Skinning a Bull Frog
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2007, 12:29:23 PM »
Yep, that's the way we always figured it, too. We have always cleaned the whole frog.
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Re: Cleaning a Bull Frog / Skinning a Bull Frog
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2012, 06:03:57 PM »
Bull frog skinning to the top for the new folks!
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