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Old 07-24-2022, 06:41 PM
 
Location: West coast
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I live in the heart of Dungeness Crab Country.
There is even a town or area down the road called Dungeness.
We get ours from our backyard.

What we do is,
Split them in half and clean them while they are still alive.
I modified my turkey fryer by shortening the basket to keep 3 inches of water below it and steam them for 7-8 minutes.

Steaming is the way to go.
They are sweeter too.
When I used to boil whole crab they didn’t taste as good and were too hot to clean.
I put the steamed crab into a bucket with flowing cold water for a bit to chill them and stop them cooking.
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Old 07-24-2022, 07:32 PM
 
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Steam/boil. Brings out the natural flavor the best. I love the crab yolk inside the shell.
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Old 07-25-2022, 03:59 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I live in the heart of Dungeness Crab Country.
There is even a town or area down the road called Dungeness.
We get ours from our backyard.

What we do is,
Split them in half and clean them while they are still alive.
I lived in SE AK for decades. Dungeness was dinner fairly often. If you didn't sink your own pot you'd go down to the docks and buy them off the boat. Your mouth would be watering all the way home. Spread some newspaper on the kitchen table, get out the pliers and a roll of paper towels, and just go to town until full. I moved to the east coast for a few years and could never understand what people saw in all those puny little crabs.

Years ago, before sea otters re-colonized the area around Gustavus/Glacier Bay, many locals had crab pots out most of the time. One small scale commercial crabber lived in town. I remember one year his "contribution" to the community's annual 4th of July bash was a 4'x6'x6' fish tote piled high with split, steamed Dungeness. All you could eat, no charge. Those days are gone. I usually bought my crabs from him. He knew I was a horrible softy and couldn't bring myself to kill the poor things. He'd razz me a little in a friendly manner, then split them on a dock cleat for me.

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Old 07-25-2022, 05:36 PM
 
Location: West coast
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Parnassian,
Were the Dungies in Alaska expensive?
They are hell of expensive here.
4 years ago when I bought this place to celebrate getting the keys to this place I bought 4 large live dungies off the fish buyer in Port Angeles and they were $80.
Even Walmarts prices on crab is ridiculous.
You’d think that if you were real close to the crab they would be cheaper.
I said I would never do that again and haven’t yet.
I now keep 2 shelves of frozen crab in my freezer for our off season and to give to friends.
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Old 07-25-2022, 06:07 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Parnassian,
Were the Dungies in Alaska expensive?
They are hell of expensive here.
4 years ago when I bought this place to celebrate getting the keys to this place I bought 4 large live dungies off the fish buyer in Port Angeles and they were $80.
Even Walmarts prices on crab is ridiculous.
You’d think that if you were real close to the crab they would be cheaper.
I said I would never do that again and haven’t yet.
I now keep 2 shelves of frozen crab in my freezer for our off season and to give to friends.
I don't recall what the prices were now. Didn't seem to be, but market price changed all the time. Obviously, the operator costs to harvest have gone up considerably (fuel, wages, insurance, equipment replacement, permits). The regional crab population isn't appreciating sea otter recovery. They take out the young crabs before they're old enough to reproduce. So, population of harvestable size crab is lower, the state imposes more restrictive harvest limits to protect reproducing adults, fewer harvesters survive, less crab gets to market, voila, higher prices per pound.

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Old 07-26-2022, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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BOIL,BOIL,BOIL,boil the hell out of all the germs,bacteria,scum,dirt ,parasites stuck on the crab.
What exactly are you thinking boiling kills that steam does not? Boiling water is heat saturated at 100C and can get no hotter, it turns into steam that is also at 100C but can potentially get hotter.

If you want to rinse your crabs then rinse 'em, but boiling versus steaming isn't going to get you any advantage in food safety via heat.
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Old 07-26-2022, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I remember visiting my uncle in East Anglia, Essex in England in roughly 1970. An avid fisherman, he sometimes used Softshell crabs for bait. Blasphemy.
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Old 07-26-2022, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I ate these when I visited San Francisco. I did not like the taste at all. I prefer Maryland crabs.
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Old 07-26-2022, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Delmarva Peninsula
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Delaware, is where we crab!

https://crabbinghub.com/where-to-go-...omplete-guide/
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Old 07-26-2022, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Steam/boil. Brings out the natural flavor the best. I love the crab yolk inside the shell.
That's the "mustard" and EWWWWWW

https://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_mustard_in_a_crab
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