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« on: April 30, 2012, 11:35:00 PM »

How should I cook crabs in a pot with no rack? I have no steamer either.
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2012, 11:42:40 PM »

I used to steam them on the stove by using a pot with a lid and putting something in the bottom of the pot (like an upside down pie pan) to keep them off the bottom and the liquid.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 12:02:34 AM »

How should I cook crabs in a pot with no rack? I have no steamer either.

I saw a tv episode (Which show???) where they put pebbles in the bottom of a pot they were steaming lobster.  I am sure it would work in a pinch, just no soapstone...
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 01:35:14 AM »


Bricks, Rocks, Cement Blocks - just keep them out of the water
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 08:04:30 AM »

WOW, rocks, bricks, pebbles, jedi powers etc..... LOL. Just get yourself a nice metal collender/strainer at any cookware shop or you can even check out the thrift stores/ goodwill shops & consignment shops. be sure it fits your pot without falling in- measure pot diameter w/ruler before shopping and ENJOY those cranky bluecrabs.     Peace to all.  Mike F.
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 08:15:56 AM »

Measure the diameter of your pot and find the closest replacement grill top that will fit it at Home Depot or Lowes.
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 09:58:25 AM »

upside down pie pan with holes drilled in it.  This basically what mine has in it. or grill grates trimmed and bent to keep the crabs out of the lquid.  A cheep pie pan might be cheaper tho.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2012, 06:25:51 PM »

I saw a tv episode (Which show???) where they put pebbles in the bottom of a pot they were steaming lobster.  I am sure it would work in a pinch, just no soapstone...


I think the show was called "The Cannibal  Flinstones from Maine".  As I recall, BamBam didn't like the idea of putting Pebbles in the bottom of a pot!   laugh 
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I think the show was called "The Cannibal  Flinstones from Maine".  As I recall, BamBam didn't like the idea of putting Pebbles in the bottom of a pot!   laugh 

 :laugh:Get off me, he said in a pinch, not caveman style...and not permanent.  The fact is use anything that will not burn or explode to keep them up out of the water.

http://www.ehow.com/how_8139424_steam-lobster-tails-red-wine.html
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2012, 09:22:28 PM »

Like Tom said, anything that will keep them off the bottom, out of the liquid.  Otherwise, those crabs on the bottom will get mushy.
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2012, 09:24:30 PM »

Almost forgot if you run the pot dry (out of water) trash the whole batch, nasty stuff...
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2012, 09:12:29 AM »

Fishingtom the wood be a show called Good Eats with Alton Brown on the food network.
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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2012, 09:15:10 AM »

Fishingtom the wood be a show called Good Eats with Alton Brown on the food network.

Thanks, That was around the same time frame that he smoked a salmon in a cardboard box...The guy has mad skills
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« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2012, 09:19:10 AM »

I dont use a rack, crabs on the bottom serve as my rack, I turn em upside down. Crabs on bottom are what we call "wet ones", usually the first to get grabbed at my table.

Serve them upside down, crack em and use the shell as bowl to dip meat in delicious crab au jus!
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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2012, 09:40:24 AM »

I dont use a rack, crabs on the bottom serve as my rack, I turn em upside down. Crabs on bottom are what we call "wet ones", usually the first to get grabbed at my table.

Serve them upside down, crack em and use the shell as bowl to dip meat in delicious crab au jus!

so Chris you essentiall boil and steam at the same time.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2012, 09:43:46 AM »

I guess you could say that for my "rack" crabs, I dont use any water though. Just a half inch or so of vinegar.
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« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2012, 09:50:00 AM »

Chris all I have to say is Welcome To the Dark Side.  laugh
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« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2012, 09:50:46 AM »

I had "boiled" crabs in Jersey once....ONCE!

Straight tap water with crabs.

Served with a bowl of oldbay and a bowl of vinegar.  Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2012, 09:53:03 AM »

Chris all I have to say is Welcome To the Dark Side.  laugh

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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2012, 09:55:29 AM »

When I boil crabs I boil with tap water but season the shiz out of it.  I can honestly say I like them both steamed and boiled.
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« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2012, 10:44:28 AM »

My buddy and i went crabbing in ocean city md last fall with all my gear on his kiyec. We cought a bunch of crabs and then i remember i forgot my steamer. I took a couple of small coffee cups and put them in the bottom of the pot. I used beer and viniger and some JO#2 and it worked great.His wife had a fit when she came in the kitchen and crabs were running around and we were digging through the kitchen looking for her good cook wear lol.
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« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2012, 03:30:46 PM »

When I boil crabs I boil with tap water but season the shiz out of it.  I can honestly say I like them both steamed and boiled.


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