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« on: September 15, 2008, 05:41:21 PM »

  need help on keeping crabs alive overnight. wondering if i put them in a fridge will they stay alive or even in a large cooler with ice with the plug pulled or do they need to breath.



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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 05:47:56 PM »

Should be fine in cooler with plug open IMHO.  Long as it's cool where you are, to tell you the truth, they'd probably be fine in a bushel basket with just wet burlap under em and on top, but Ice will help matters as long as they don't get submerged in any fresh water.  When the fridge door is shut, makes me scared they'll suffocate.  Those are pretty much the principles of it.  I'm sure you'll figure a way from there and I'm sure they'll be fine as long as you didn't have em too hot and too dry already.  Pick through and pull out your dead loss before putting them to bed for the nite...
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 06:58:51 PM »

thanks for the info, I was worried about the fridge also.  I'll keep them on ice in the backyard in the bushel basket.


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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2008, 10:11:43 PM »

thanks for the info, I was worried about the fridge also.  I'll keep them on ice in the backyard in the bushel basket.


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thats ok unless a hungry critter comes along........ Shocked

i keep them in the back of my pickup with a cap, wet towel over them with ice on it. holes in the bottom of basket to let water drain.

if you have a garage or shed i would put them in there.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2008, 10:17:53 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2008, 08:19:21 AM »

Never in the fridge!  It's waaaaaaay too cold.  If it is humid outside, that will stress them.  If it's hot outside it will kill them.  Cool (52 degrees) not on ice, will keep them alive.  Hope this helps.
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2008, 10:13:21 AM »

 i use the fridge all the time to store crabs overnite . i crab comm. partime and have stored as much as 2 bu at a time in fridge in my garage,i've also stored just a dozen or 2 the same way. the key is to keep them a little wet or at least damp. most all seafood retailers use refridgerated cold box to store for ut to 3-4 days .
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008, 12:03:53 PM »

To have little loss when stored in the fridge you need a frig thermometer that you can keep your fridge set between 48 to 54 degrees.  My fridge is able to accomplish this by setting it just above the zero setting(lowest or hottest setting that is).  You may need to keep the fridge cracked open as well or open it on occasion to get oxygen in. Wet towel to keep them moist placed over the basket while in the fridge also.
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2008, 09:11:35 PM »

Good stuff - there's more here:  http://www.bluecrab.info/forum/index.php/board,52.0.html
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2008, 07:02:10 AM »

Has anyone tried keeping them alive in a salt water tank?
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2008, 07:37:23 AM »

Yes . i know Jack has , and with success, me I haven't done all that well so far . but i will get it sooner or later .  Cheesy Wink
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2008, 07:55:40 AM »

   thanks for all the info, I'm going to try to store them in the shed overnight with a wet blanket over the basket. I think I'll put a small bag of ice on the blanket to. I'm not going for another 2 weeks so it should be cool enough then.


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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2008, 05:44:18 PM »

Look around the site.  This topic has been discussed many times.
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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2008, 05:47:29 PM »

Best to keep them on ice.  Even if they die they can still be cooked.
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« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2008, 06:35:05 PM »

I put 4 bags of ice with holes poked in them on top of my plastic basket and lid. Sat in my 75 degree kitchen over a cooler for water drainage all night and my next day at work. Did not loose one crab.
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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2008, 01:30:35 AM »

I Usually put layers of ice between the layers of crabs in bushel baskets.  One bushel becomes two with ice and top with burlap. I have had them keep as far as 3.5 days with the loss of 4 crabs.  Usually I steam within 2 days though.  In my experience you can cook the dead ones on ice but i notice a difference in meat smell and texture.

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« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2008, 08:21:34 PM »

i use the fridge all the time to store crabs overnite . i crab comm. partime and have stored as much as 2 bu at a time in fridge in my garage,i've also stored just a dozen or 2 the same way. the key is to keep them a little wet or at least damp. most all seafood retailers use refridgerated cold box to store for ut to 3-4 days .
  Their cold box is set for live crabs...48-52
             Their cooked cold box is set much lower, by order of the Health Department, at 41 or under ( Department of Health wants to at 38 if you are holding any seafood)
               The Department of Health requires you to have 2 walk-ins if you hold live crabs and sell anything else.  If you operate a truck, you can not have live crabs and cooked crabs in the box, it's one or the other at their proper temp.  And we all know we can't operate without a Permit.
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« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2008, 08:52:24 AM »

i started crabbing more in the evening and storing the crabs in garage fridge overnight, no problems no dead loss just more crab poop on the shells. used to ice em years, really no need, jmo dc
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