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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2017, 04:42:43 AM »

Chris said crack the leg. Another way to put it is hold the crab in one hand and  grasp the leg or 2-3 legs in the other and as they hang down from the body, gently  bend them in towards the underneath bottom of the body by holding the legs close to the joint closest to the body until you dislocate the joint that connects to the body. When the leg and meat stretches  about 1/8 of an inch away from the body ,let go. If the leg and the meat have enough elasticity to spring back to the socket , the meat is still good. If the leg and meat dangles without springing back , it is starting to decompose and is not safe to eat. To identify the crab from the rest after cooking , I scissor off a back fin swimmer before placing the crab in the pot to identify it. If it is mushy or has an ammonia odor discard the crab .If I had a dead crab I would post a photo to illustrate it.
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« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2017, 06:15:29 AM »

That's what I do, your description was way better than mine
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« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2017, 09:19:25 AM »

Neither Crab,   Thank you. This is great info. for me and I believe for others as well. No matter how much I think I know , I always learn things on this great forum from great people. Thank you all.

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« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2017, 06:33:36 PM »

i steam the crab upside down...makes it obvious to me when i tong em out.  But clipping the paddle or putting a rubber band on em makes sense too.
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« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2017, 09:03:44 PM »

IF IN DOUBGT, THROW IT OUT
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« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2017, 01:19:48 AM »

i steam the crab upside down...makes it obvious to me when i tong em out.  But clipping the paddle or putting a rubber band on em makes sense too.
  I do exactly the same with the upside down
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