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« on: April 23, 2017, 08:16:55 AM »

I have a friend heading to NOLA and wants to bring a sack back to VA.  Question is how to keep them alive for the drive and how long they can stay alive.  Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2017, 03:42:31 PM »

Put the sack in a big ice chest.  Leave the top open and put a wet burlap sack or if not available a towel on top of the sack. He might want to also break a block of ice into several pieces and put on top. However as the ice melts he will need to keep the water drained or they will drown. If he buys a fresh sack most will survive at least  2 or 3 days.

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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2017, 08:17:59 PM »

Thank you so very much.
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2017, 08:18:59 PM »

Surprised not more answers on here, but BJ1fish is right.  Crawfish keep very similar to crabs.  Keep them cool (45 to 55) and the drive to VA should not be an issue.  Don't lay them directly on the ice (keep a towel between them and the ice) and keep them drained, and he can transport them to Newfoundland.

Although they have lobsters there, so what's the point?
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Oh, de crab, he taste so fine.
Yuh catch 'um wid a neck an' a line.
Bile de water 'til 'e good 'n hot.
Den eat de crab strait from 'de pot.

Oh, de beer, he taste so chilly.
Drinks it 'til I gets too silly.
Washin' down 'de crab an' butter.
If I doesn't fall down, I'll 'ave anudder.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 09:52:06 PM »

Thanks to you both.  Treat them like crabs we can do.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2017, 03:44:05 PM »

I second the above post, covered with burlap or a towel/cloth with will work in a pinch (pun intended). Ice on top of the burlap, crawfish can tolerate a colder temperature than crabs.  A lot of the crawfish haulers will shovel some ice into a reefer truck on top of sacks of crawfish to get them cooled down.  Also make sure the bottom is drained well, elevating the sack off the bottom of the ice chest will help, crawfish in water sitting on the bottom of the ice chest will equal dead crawfish. Another thing ...treat them like a sack full of eggs...they are fragile, dropping the sack and pressing a cooler lid down on them to make them fit somewhere in a car doesn't help (seen it done).       

Crawfish are running nice right now and have a better shelf life than earlier in the season.  You may want to mention to the salesman that you are planning on traveling with them and they can help you out with the freshest sack on hand. Don't shop by price...you pay for what you get in terms of quality and freshness, I see it all the time.  50 cents more a pound is less than 20 dollars on a sack of mudbugs, probably less than you will pay for the beer to go with them.  Its not crazy hard....

boil and enjoy, Phil


In short:
Handle with care
keep em cold with indirect ice
keep em draining
don't skimp on the main ingredient         
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