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« on: August 29, 2015, 03:46:44 PM »

How long would you say crabs can be iced down without losing too much to either weight loss or crab loss?


I've decided that setting my crab pots Wednesday and pulling them Thursday will probably be just right for me.  They will have soaked through two good high tides.  I'd prefer to boil them Saturday night, but I don't want to lose crabs or have any other problems happen.


So...could someone help me out with this question? I know to keep them iced and drained, but how long can I get away with it?

Keeping them in holding baskets and feeding them isn't really an option for me right now.  I live quite a ways from the marsh.  I have a pond at home, but the water is very very hot right now. Speaking of....I guess I could keep crabs in a holding box in my fishpond whenever the water temps aren't too high, right? I don't see why not


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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 11:15:28 PM »

Sounds like you have kind of a unique situation - perhaps you should experiment and then you could tell the rest of us the answers to your questions. Cool
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2015, 09:15:21 AM »

This question and related ones have been discussed many times,with many opinions.
Try this web post for answers to many we all have asked before, Bill

                                                          www.bluecrab.info/cooking_faq.htm

                                                     
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2015, 11:19:59 AM »

Don't put them into any pond or lake. I'd put ice in a cooler. Take or make (anything to keep crabs off the ice). Put your crabs in. Basically you just need a steady temp, probably around 40. Keeping crabs alive is a pain unless you have a walk-in.
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2015, 11:53:03 AM »

Go too Web Site I posted  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2015, 11:57:59 AM »

My cooler/rack setup. Ice under rack, crabs on top. Be sure to leave the lid cracked at all times, especially when transporting:
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2015, 12:03:15 PM »

My cooler/rack setup. Ice under rack, crabs on top. Be sure to leave the lid cracked at all times, especially when transporting:
That's exactly what I was thinking. Crazy
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2015, 11:58:14 PM »

Personally, I'd catch on Thursday, hold them in the cooler as suggested above, cook on Fri then refrigerate, then eat on Sat.  Or just clean the crabs live on Fri & cook & eat Sat.  Both have worked for me.
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2015, 02:17:36 PM »

If you cook them cleaned, you can first clean them, pat the water out and then freeze them.  When you go to cook, do not thaw, just go straight to the steamer.  They will taste the same as fresh.

I have done this several times for short intervals - up to a week.  After that, I do not know if it works.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2015, 06:34:17 PM »

buy a twenty pound bag of ice, put in cooler than add water to make an ice slurry, add two one lb. boxes of salt and mix for two minutes to make it a brine, which lowers water temp to below freezing.  Add crabs and wait fifteen minutes. This flash freezes crabs.
Put crabs in plastic container with claws folded in, and put in freezer.
Saturday night get the crab boil boiling, and add crabs directly from freezer.
Crabs will come out perfect with no claw dropping.
Do not deviate or skip any steps.
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2015, 07:05:00 PM »

buy a twenty pound bag of ice, put in cooler than add water to make an ice slurry, add two one lb. boxes of salt and mix for two minutes to make it a brine, which lowers water temp to below freezing.  Add crabs and wait fifteen minutes. This flash freezes crabs.
Put crabs in plastic container with claws folded in, and put in freezer.
Saturday night get the crab boil boiling, and add crabs directly from freezer.
Crabs will come out perfect with no claw dropping.
Do not deviate or skip any steps.

 Huh Why would I do all That for 20 Crabs  Huh  Makes a 1 Lb Can of Blue Claw Maryland Lump Crab Meat sound all that( Much Better ). Or is that ( More Better )  Roll Eyes   cool4 Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2015, 07:10:52 PM »

Huh Why would I do all That for 20 Crabs  Huh  Makes a 1 Lb Can of Blue Claw Maryland Lump Crab Meat sound all that( Much Better ). Or is that ( More Better )  Roll Eyes   cool4 Cheesy

Who cares what you do with your twenty crabs. lol. This was for the original poster, how did you get into it.
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« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2015, 07:53:46 PM »

Who cares what you do with your twenty crabs. lol. This was for the original poster, how did you get into it.

Must be a Jersey thing when a question in asked on a open Forum. LOL  It is Pile on Time LOL Plus I haven't had 20 jersey crabs in Years to even Care or go to all that Fuss, LOL  or TEGAS, LOL   
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2015, 09:06:33 PM »

Ok, I will type slowly so you can understand :laugh
Poster is having a crab boil in Louisianna, he asked a question, it was answered with different options.
He will choose one or none at all.
Most crabbers on here ice down there catch like the crabhouses do, and if you think dumping a bag of ice in a cooler of water is too much work, than I pity your employer. laugh
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« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2015, 09:49:32 PM »

 Grin Must  be  a  Florida Thing  laugh The  process  U  described  was  more  then  dumping  a  Bag  of  Ice,  laugh

Plus  What  is  a  Employer  laugh Been  Retired  10  years,   laugh  Was  Just  a  Opinion  to  take  or
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 laugh Gif  must  be  a  Flordia  Thing  laugh   bulb2 UP  Cheesy   Sorry  to  Interfere  laugh

If  You  Want  no one  to  Interfere  Do  A  PM   The  1st  Poster  did  not  object   oops  Almost  Forgot   laugh

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« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2015, 09:28:47 PM »

 :laugh:I made all that stuff up anyway laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh
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