and Cooking Crab
the great Northwest affords us many wonderful advantages. One
of our favorites is the opportunity to catch dungeness crab. There
is something very satisfying in catching and eating fresh crab
right out of the sea.
crab for cooking:
can cook crab live, by dropping them into boiling water, we prefer
to cook them after they have been killed.
works great at a dock. If you dont have access to a dock,
you can use a large rock or shovel as a striking surface. Grasp
the crab by the four back legs. Crabs that have just been caught
will be lively and fight back, so handle them carefully. Hold
the crab facing away from you with four rear legs and pincher
in each hand. Crack the crab down sharply on the edge of the dock.
This will break the crab into three pieces. The center section
will break off and fall into the water leaving two sections of
legs. If you are using a rock or shovel, crack the crab down hard
on a hard surface and the crab will break apart as well. This
procedure kills the crab instantly and is more humane than dropping
the live crab into boiling water. Clean away the bits of entrails
clinging to the legs and the crab is now ready for cooking.
must cook crab immediately after it has been killed as raw crab
meat deteriorates very quickly. After it has been cooked, you
can keep it in the refrigerator and after it has been caught,
you can keep it alive in water until you are ready to cook it,
but it must be cooked immediately after being killed.
Bring a large
pot or crab cooker of salt water to a boil. Place crab in boiling
water and boil for 10-15 minutes. Crab must be cooked for at least
10 minutes to kill bacteria. Some people prefer to cook crab in
fresh water, but we feel salt adds to the taste of the crab. You
can use salt water from the sea, or add allot of salt to the water.
You can also add a little white wine and herbs to the water to
enhance the crabs flavor.
When the crab
has been cooked, place crabs on ice or cold water. This step will
make the crab easier to shell. To shell the crab, crack the shells
with a crab cracker or nut cracker and remove the meat. You can
use any pointed object to extract the meat from the smaller legs.
cooked crab right out of the shell, in salads, on top of a steak,
or in numerous other recipes.