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Author Topic: How to keep steamed blues from getting "watery" - these are crabs we get in SC  (Read 1267 times)
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Vabuckifan
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« on: August 04, 2008, 12:40:23 PM »

We have gotten some large male crabs here in Charleston but when we steam them, they get so watery that they are not fun to eat.  Does anyone know if this because the crab isn't "heavy" or if there is something I can do differently when I steam them?
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008, 01:38:31 PM »

It sounds like the crabs might have recently shedded, Is the shell somewhat soft?
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2008, 01:41:00 PM »

Yea sounds like you have paper shells.Not much you can do as far as I know.
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2008, 04:48:42 PM »

Hey, vabuckifan;

This might help:  http://www.bluecrab.info/prime.htm

Read the whole information page and you will come across this pertinent paragraph:

"The image on the right is that of a whitey. Note his clean, bright white, abdomen. This means that he has recently molted (post buckram) and is wearing his new suit of armor. He has not yet had a chance to fatten up inside and will contain about 1/3 less meat than his counterpart on the left. Do yourself (and the crab) a favor and throw whitey back, for if you cook him, he will most certainly be hollow (full of water) and contain very little meat."


Hope that may be helpful.

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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2008, 04:35:36 PM »

all of the above is true.try to put some corn and squash in the botom of the steamer a litle extra viniger.the water can be splashing up as well but .theirs not much you can do. other than through back the whitys.keep the dirty horse tooth looking ones that are heavey.
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