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Old 07-23-2022, 06:30 AM
 
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At San Fran Fisherman Wharf,they just boil it.
In Chinese restaurants,they chop them up and stir fry with green onion,ginger ,soy sauce and wine.The Chinese restaurants can stir fry under high BTU,sometimes it burns down the kitchen.
Boiling is better than steaming,it gets rid of any dirt and smear !
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Old 07-23-2022, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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The boiling versus steaming debate is a classic one. Marylanders would rather starve than boil blue crabs, but folks from Louisiana swear by boiling shell fish.

I have no idea how most folks prepare dungeness crabs or if there even is a general consensus on the west coast.
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Old 07-23-2022, 06:53 AM
 
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BOIL,BOIL,BOIL,boil the hell out of all the germs,bacteria,scum,dirt ,parasites stuck on the crab.
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Old 07-23-2022, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Dessert
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We bought fresh cooked (not frozen) in Oregon. Otherwise, we would have had to buy a pot and whatever else was needed to cook it, because the kitchen in our rental didn't have much.

I pulled out all the meat, mixed it with a little mayo, piled it on toasted bread, topped with cheese and broiled it. Yum.
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Old 07-23-2022, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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BOIL,BOIL,BOIL,boil the hell out of all the germs,bacteria,scum,dirt ,parasites stuck on the crab.
No, No, No!! Steaming only IMO.
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Old 07-23-2022, 04:05 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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BOIL,BOIL,BOIL,boil the hell out of all the germs,bacteria,scum,dirt ,parasites stuck on the crab.
Heck NO! Think about this for a moment. Steaming is the process of heating water until it boils and immediately exposing the food to what results. The icky things residing on a Dungeness crab don't tend to survive drying or much if any heat. Steaming crab long enough to cook the flesh will kill them .

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Old 07-24-2022, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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BOIL,BOIL,BOIL,boil the hell out of all the germs,bacteria,scum,dirt ,parasites stuck on the crab.

#1 - I'm not eating the shells.
#2 - IF I can ever get myself to pay the incredibly high prices of crab, I'm sure as hell not ruining it by overlooking it.

I just thought of an exception to #1: Softshell crabs. I'm confident that sautéing them in butter is killing anything on their shells. Whatever. I'll take that 'risk.' They're delicious.

I miss crab.
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Old 07-24-2022, 07:23 AM
 
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when I buy papaya or any exotic food from tropical/semi tropical places,I will scrub the surface before cutting it up..
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Old 07-24-2022, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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when I buy papaya or any exotic food from tropical/semi tropical places,I will scrub the surface before cutting it up..
A diluted vinegar bath will also sanitize it.

I laughed when you mentioned burning down a restaurant to cook a meal. It reminded me of an old folk tale about how the Chinese learned to roast pork.

A pig shed burned down and someone thought to taste the meat. It was crispy and wonderful. After that whenever anyone wanted to roast a hog they built a hog shed, put a pig in it and burned it down. LOL
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Old 07-24-2022, 10:11 AM
 
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A diluted vinegar bath will also sanitize it.

I laughed when you mentioned burning down a restaurant to cook a meal. It reminded me of an old folk tale about how the Chinese learned to roast pork.

A pig shed burned down and someone thought to taste the meat. It was crispy and wonderful. After that whenever anyone wanted to roast a hog they built a hog shed, put a pig in it and burned it down. LOL
Reminded me of the long-standing mom-pop Chinese restaurant my parents knew and loved when I was a kid (circa late 50s-to mid 60s). Most of the time they'd order food to go and my dad would make the crosstown drive to pick it up. Waiting for our dinner to arrive in those meticulous paper containers was sweet torture. Sometimes we ate there in person. It wasn't close by, so a meal from them was a very special event. No one who worked there spoke much English. It was tiny, cramped, dark, always mysterious. Obligatory koi pond in the back, and the very elderly sweet lady sitting there seemed to be a permanent fixture. You could smell it as soon as the car approached the parking lot, and your mouth started watering. I don't know how long it had been there, but the building was probably impregnated with cooking oil. When it finally burned down one night it took the entire block with it! End of an era...fond memories of Lok Far Lo's to this day.

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