As promised, here is a post about our most recent time out crabbing. This time, we were only there about 1 hour and we brought home 15 really nice sized crabs. Check them out...
After last time, My Husband spent some time reading how to transport them properly. Seems that the best way is to take a bag of ice and put it in the bottom of your cooler. Then place some damp newspapers over the ice. The crabs can go in right on top of the newspaper, but you'll want to add a bit of water to keep them moist. Also, make sure none of them are upside down, turns out they can die that way. You want to keep them alive until it's time to cook them.
My Husband likes steaming the crabs rather than boiling. If you boil them, they get a lot of water inside them and it's messier cleaning them. Add water, vinegar and Old Bay Seasoning to your crab pot and bring up the heat so that it's ready for steaming. Put the crabs in and allow to steam for about 30 minutes. Here's what they should look like when they are finished.
Once they are steamed we put them in the refrigerator to cool down so that they will be easier to handle. Next up, My Boys got a lesson in cleaning crabs from their Dad. I wish I could share the details on the process, but that's not my thing. Too much work for me! Now, I've got 3 people who will clean them for me.
They were able to get about 1 pound of meat from all those crabs! Well worth an hour on a pier on a lovely afternoon. So, we made crabby patties again! We plan to go crabbing again since the season runs into October. Perhaps next time I can convince my boys to let me make something different with the crab meat... we'll see!