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« on: July 06, 2020, 08:41:25 AM »

So this weekend I cooked some crabs I cooked and as I was eating I felt like I was getting a taste of the menhaden.  Is thing anyone does before steaming?  Like do you set them in a cooler with water to let them filter out the smell?  I usually just wash them off really good.   Just curious on other methods
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2020, 05:53:02 PM »

Try putting some apple cider vinegar in the water in your steam pot. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2020, 01:29:23 PM »

Or beer
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2020, 01:34:46 PM »

Just to clarify,  both you guys are steaming correct?  I was thinking about boiling them kinda like crawfish the next go around.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2020, 03:37:10 PM »

I steam all my crabs in beer, vinegar, and a little water.  J.O. #2 on the crabs. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2020, 09:11:40 AM »

I always steam them.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2020, 01:50:02 PM »

Just to clarify,  both you guys are steaming correct?  I was thinking about boiling them kinda like crawfish the next go around.

If you ever decide to boil some PM me and me and I'll talk you through my Louisiana process. 

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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2020, 11:34:47 AM »

If you ever decide to boil some PM me and me and I'll talk you through my Louisiana process. 

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That's something I want to try.  PM Sent
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2020, 04:52:50 PM »

If you have 20 minutes to kill, check this out:



The dude puts maybe $30 worth of spices and liquids into a caldron to boil these crabs.  And you got to think they taste exactly like all that stuff.  Then the cool-down is another major production.

His cook times seem suspect to me as well.

Spoiler alert he cops out on picking a winner, but you must have guessed that as I did, as soon as it started.
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2020, 06:20:15 PM »

Nice video but a lot was left out.

For starters I would NEVER  cook a crab that I'd haven't washed.  Those crabs were at the very most rinsed off.  You know they came straight off the boat, to the dock, shipped, delivered and he thrown right in the pot.  That means for the last 24-36 hours they have peed on themselves, bait residue and still have bay water residue on them. For those who watched me boil crabs at the WYE know what I'm talking about.

2nd those crabs have to be ICE COLD for at least 20 minutes before you throw them into boiling water.  If not the result will be shed claws and legs.

3rd boil time depends on the quality of the crabs.  If the crabs are light 5 minutes max with no soak time.  Anything over that will result in mushy crab meat.  I cook fat crabs around 8-10 minutes on a rolling boil and only let them soak for 2 minutes max.  I kinda do my soaking in reverse. I put the crabs in the pot of seasoning before I lite the burner.  This way they breath in the seasoning before they die, no shed claws.

4th seasoning.  It all depends on the consumer.  Liquid or powder boil, cayenne its all pepper.  I'm finding the less I use the sweeter the meat.  Onions garlic celery If that' s what you like go for it.  Corn potatoes sausage its all good.

  However you cook them depends on how you like them.

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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2020, 10:04:44 PM »

Nice video but a lot was left out.

For starters I would NEVER  cook a crab that I'd haven't washed.  Those crabs were at the very most rinsed off.  You know they came straight off the boat, to the dock, shipped, delivered and he thrown right in the pot.  That means for the last 24-36 hours they have peed on themselves, bait residue and still have bay water residue on them. For those who watched me boil crabs at the WYE know what I'm talking about.

2nd those crabs have to be ICE COLD for at least 20 minutes before you throw them into boiling water.  If not the result will be shed claws and legs.

3rd boil time depends on the quality of the crabs.  If the crabs are light 5 minutes max with no soak time.  Anything over that will result in mushy crab meat.  I cook fat crabs around 8-10 minutes on a rolling boil and only let them soak for 2 minutes max.  I kinda do my soaking in reverse. I put the crabs in the pot of seasoning before I lite the burner.  This way they breath in the seasoning before they die, no shed claws.

4th seasoning.  It all depends on the consumer.  Liquid or powder boil, cayenne its all pepper.  I'm finding the less I use the sweeter the meat.  Onions garlic celery If that' s what you like go for it.  Corn potatoes sausage its all good.

  However you cook them depends on how you like them.

Ronnie
My favorite part of this is the less is more on seasoning. The flavor of the crab is overwhelmed with too much hot. One last thing I’d add is don’t forget the mushrooms. My favorite part of the boils.
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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2020, 07:23:03 AM »

I go a little light on the premixed crab boil therefore I add more salt. I also boil my crabs the 8-10 minutes but soak them for 5 minutes.
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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2020, 05:51:34 PM »

I always steam using equal parts flattened beer, apple cider vineger and water. MUST be apple cider, not white vinegar. It gives them an undeniable sweeter flavor.

Took this recipe with me to West Lake, La Many moons ago and made it for a few locals and they all agreed much better than their normal boiled version.

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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2020, 11:29:49 PM »

I ice my crabs to stun them and to retain the claws(mostly).  In their docile state I arrange them in my steamer and coat with diluted yellow mustard(1:1 ratio water or beer to yellow mustard).  Then I coat with JO #2.  Drop my “basket” in and wait for a “rolling” steam for a 25 minute timer regardless the amount of crabs.  Throw corn in with 10 min remaining.

For a bushel, my pot, I use a gallon of apple cider vinegar, one gallon of water and 1 beer(highly likely that is useless)
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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2020, 11:39:01 PM »

Sorry my pics came out sideways....

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« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2020, 09:04:04 AM »

Those crabs are crazy well coated in this mix before cooking apparently.  They almost looked already cooked in that second picture, but for the blue claws.
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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2020, 06:17:11 PM »

Nice video but a lot was left out.

For starters I would NEVER  cook a crab that I'd haven't washed.  Those crabs were at the very most rinsed off.  You know they came straight off the boat, to the dock, shipped, delivered and he thrown right in the pot.  That means for the last 24-36 hours they have peed on themselves, bait residue and still have bay water residue on them. For those who watched me boil crabs at the WYE know what I'm talking about.

2nd those crabs have to be ICE COLD for at least 20 minutes before you throw them into boiling water.  If not the result will be shed claws and legs.

3rd boil time depends on the quality of the crabs.  If the crabs are light 5 minutes max with no soak time.  Anything over that will result in mushy crab meat.  I cook fat crabs around 8-10 minutes on a rolling boil and only let them soak for 2 minutes max.  I kinda do my soaking in reverse. I put the crabs in the pot of seasoning before I lite the burner.  This way they breath in the seasoning before they die, no shed claws.

4th seasoning.  It all depends on the consumer.  Liquid or powder boil, cayenne its all pepper.  I'm finding the less I use the sweeter the meat.  Onions garlic celery If that' s what you like go for it.  Corn potatoes sausage its all good.

  However you cook them depends on how you like them.

Ronnie

    I'm sorry to say he made a believer out of me. "  I boasted on
   the forum , Seafood is supposed to be steamed not boiled. "
   Well at the 2017 Wye River Party Ronnie brought me some
   of his BOILED CRABS to eat and I must say they were really
   good -  sweet , firm and tender crab meat. I still like my
   steamed crabs , would I eat a CAJUN BOILED CRAB ?? You
   bet I would , youns cook em, boil em, or steam em I'll eat em .

    BGFISHHOOK1
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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2020, 01:10:05 PM »

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