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« on: August 16, 2011, 05:51:14 PM »

Today I was planning on crabbing the gunpowder, but after the rain we changed plans last minute, a buddy and I got down to Thompson Creek, and crabbed the mouth of that down towards the eastern bay.. It was crowded with commercial and recreational crabbers, but it was pretty consistent crabbing.  We put the boat in around 5:45, and were crabbing by 6.  By 11:15 we had 2/3 bushel, with a ton of throwbacks and females.

We just got done feasting, and I am fairly new to crabbing and tried cleaning them live for the first time.  What a HUGE difference.  Talked to a couple other crabbers out there today (one who helped us with making a makeshift measuring tool after my measuring tool went overboard along with the lid to my basket), and they all seemed to have pretty similar results.
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2011, 07:59:54 PM »

Thanks for the report.
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2011, 08:36:41 PM »

huge difference how?  taste, cook time, number of fingers available to eat with?
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2011, 08:51:59 PM »

 Huh Huh Better, worse, how do you clean them alive??
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2011, 12:22:37 AM »

Huh Huh Better, worse, how do you clean them alive??



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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 02:04:44 AM »

if by cleaning them means taking off the shell and rinsing out the mustard and guts then that means you ruined them. jo #2 needed
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2011, 06:30:54 AM »

The taste was better in my opinion..  The seasoning got on the meat more consistently.  I found it on here in the recipe section.  Basically you put them in ice water for 5 minutes, then remove the top shell, apron, and clean out the guts.  It took the 2 of us a little while to clean them, but eating them was much easier not having to deal with guts.
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2011, 07:11:11 AM »

That's not right Undecided in fact that is just wrong  Cry  well to each his own but y I say y would a person even consider cooking a crab naked  stop stop stop  bigcry bigcry  
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2011, 07:46:46 AM »

Cleaning them before steaming? well everyone is entitled to their own opionion.  So here is mine..... BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2011, 08:12:47 AM »

The taste was better in my opinion..  The seasoning got on the meat more consistently.  I found it on here in the recipe section.  Basically you put them in ice water for 5 minutes, then remove the top shell, apron, and clean out the guts.  It took the 2 of us a little while to clean them, but eating them was much easier not having to deal with guts.

I do it the same and have been doing it this way for 54 years. I've never liked steaming "guts". As the say; "to each, their own".
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2011, 08:50:11 AM »

It's not guts it's mustard and little seasoning packets.
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2011, 08:56:37 AM »

That's not right Undecided in fact that is just wrong  Cry  well to each his own but y I say y would a person even consider cooking a crab naked  stop stop stop  bigcry bigcry  


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« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2011, 05:59:04 PM »

I had no idea this was such a hotly debated topic!  This is like Ford vs. Chevy
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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2011, 06:04:00 PM »

So you steam em naked?  I'm gonna try that next time.  Sounds like they would get seasoned more thoroughly.... & I've lived in Maryland all my life...
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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2011, 06:28:28 PM »

I used option number 2 in this post.  It was easy, even for a newbie.
http://www.bluecrab.info/forum/index.php/topic,48507.0.html
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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2011, 07:01:28 PM »

I had no idea this was such a hotly debated topic!  This is like Ford vs. Chevy


way worse then that....lol  guess you measurer wasnt wood? did the lid float ?
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« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2011, 10:17:58 PM »

I was using my tournament ruler for bass fishing to measure, so unfortunately that didn't float!  The basket lid did very nicely, and we found it quickly..  The one piece of wood on it was exactly 5 1/4 inches according to the measuring tape we used, so that was convenient!  I should tie an extra buoy onto it next time!
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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2011, 10:19:38 PM »


way worse then that....lol  guess you measurer wasnt wood? did the lid float ?
Wood swells and can allow for a smaller crab to pass thru. Just sayin
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« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2011, 10:23:11 PM »

The piece of wood was 5 1/4" wide, so if it swells that would require it to be bigger..  We just about finished anyways and still through a couple borderline ones back just to be safe...  Believe me, we weren't taking chances..
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« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2011, 10:24:39 PM »

Ooops.. Didn't see that wasn't responding to mine.. sorry bout that.. But i'll be honest I never thought of that
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