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« on: August 22, 2008, 06:14:38 PM »

OK, I know there is no absolute 100% answer on this question, but in general.

I split and clean the blues we catch before boiling them.
Then I boil em for about 15 minutes per pot load.
Then we all sit down and eat em till our hands are sore or there's none left,
 on occasion we may have six or so crabs left.
I hate to throw them out , but my wife is paranoid of anyone getting sick if they aren't eaten by the next day.

so my question is in general,  how long would you expect the cooked crab in the cleaned shells to stay good for assuming they are wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated the same night they were cooked?

I always thought the smell test was good enough, "if it smells "funny" don't eat it"
but the wife disagrees, quite strongly.
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2008, 06:20:02 PM »

I CBC also, and my rule is 5 days in the fridge before they're tossed.

I will admit that I pushed it to 7 days once, and lived to tell about it. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2008, 07:01:59 PM »

I agree with "the nose knows" policy
If you smell anything faintly like ammonia, it's bad.
Up to 7 days I say and have eaten them but prefer to keep it down to 5.
You however can freeze whatever you want to preserve, raw or steamed, which takes the pressure off the situation.  Freeze em the day you don't see yourself gettin into em for a couple days and then thaw em out as needed...

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2008, 09:17:07 PM »

You can also use them to make crab soup which can be frozen too. Makes a good meal and is easy to heat up when you don't feel like cooking some day.

I'd rather be crabbing!!  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008, 03:27:34 AM »

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I have eaten crabs for most of my life. For those from the Baltimore area. (I moved out of there thank God) I do rememeber going down to the fish market down by the block with my dad (late 60's early 70's) Those from the Baltimore area sould know about that area.

You could get no. 1's or 2's for about $7's per busher. The crabbers packed them and you could get up to about 9 -10 dozen. Some would be dead, but not many. They were the days of the crabs.

To get to the point about how long they last is another thing. I have saved them as far as 6 days and I have never gotten sick eating crabs. The one thing to to think about is heat. Heat will cause them to go bad faster. So if you eat them say after 2 days. Take out the crabs that you know you will eat and leave the rest in the fridgeator. You can always go back and get more. And if your not sure about some, toss them. It's not worth getting sick over a crab.

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