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Old 03-11-2018, 12:11 PM
 
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I have to wonder how many people know what crabs eat ................then they eat the crabs.

What do crabs eat
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:32 PM
 
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I have to wonder how many people know what crabs eat ................then they eat the crabs.

What do crabs eat
This is true for most shellfish and many land animals. Don't get to excited if you're a vegetarian or vegan....Animal waste is used as compost.
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:08 PM
 
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Then I think even your horse will love it.
I love horses but I'd NEVER waste King crab on one!

If I was given the option to pack, freeze, transport, re-package, and display an entire King crab versus the legs only, guess what I'd choose? I suspect that pound for pound there's more delectable meat in the legs, not the entire beast. Diners would need sledge hammers to crack them. Havoc with flying crab shells! Can you imaging hauling home the entire crab on the back seat of your car?

I live in Dungeness country and would happily live on it if my hands could tolerate the abuse.

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Old 03-11-2018, 06:19 PM
 
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I'm with the others who addressed this post. Only thing I can think of is you are in the middle of the country and don't have the exposure to shel fish those near the coast have. Now granted I live in Maryland and blue crabs are to us what BBQ is to Memphis. But shellfish are huge anywhere near both coasts.

As for the OP I have never seen live king crabs here but that would make sense, we are thousands of miles from where they are harvested. When we were in Alaska I was hoping there would be these guys in trucks selling king crabs by the side of the road like they do here with blue crabs. Sadly I learned they can make more money shipping them to Seattle and selling them wholesale.
Many years ago while on temporary assignment near Kearney NE we went to a local steakhouse that had a monthly "King crab feed". Obviously previously frozen legs. However they managed it, that huge pile of legs with melted butter was absolutely fabulous after weeks of midwest generic grocery store variations of the ubiquitous steak and potatoes. Never forgot it.
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:28 PM
 
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Growing up out on the Alaska Peninsula we had all the king crab we wanted. For free. I just can't bring myself to pay $30 a pound or more for frozen.
Feel the same way about salmon. Have a problem paying retail or restaurant prices for it after spending months in research field camps near salmon streams. One camp situation that's all we had to eat for days at a time when the weather closed down the re-supply flights from town. Got heartily sick of it; breakfast, lunch, dinner ad nauseum. Couldn't even grill it after the bear stepped on our wimpy little camping grill. With stale Pilot Bread! Now THAT'S hungry!
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:31 PM
 
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I usually go to my local fish monger and buy crab meat. The work is done. Then I make Mary Ann Esposito’s crab cakes, which are all crab, no filler.

Little Crab Cakes
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:33 PM
 
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I have to wonder how many people know what crabs eat ................then they eat the crabs.

What do crabs eat
Then they are even more of a miracle of nature than ever. I don't want to know how they do it, but they manage to create very very tasty substances out of it.
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:24 PM
 
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I have to wonder how many people know what crabs eat ................then they eat the crabs.

What do crabs eat
What crabs eat just like other bottom dwellers eats produces DHA Omega-3 fatty acids.

A mediterranean diet calls for lots of servings of fresh seafood that are rich in omega 3 like Squid and Octopus, shrimp, crabs, and clams that have lots of zinc and will boost your immune systems. My grandmother grew up eating seafood everyday and never took cold medicine or get any flu shot.
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:28 PM
 
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I have to wonder how many people know what crabs eat ................then they eat the crabs...
Yeah, well I eat the crabs, not what the crabs eat.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:47 AM
 
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I've never eaten fresh whole king crabs before due to price. My local grocery stores (H-Mart, Lotte, Fresh World Market, etc) don't carry whole live king crabs.

I have eaten previously frozen king crab legs (bought from Costco usually). They're delicious, but I personally prefer Dungeness Crabs (which we get whole / live in my area). Much more affordable and the meat is way more substantial than Maryland Blue Crabs. Stir fry them with tomatoes and garlic. Yumm!!
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