So let me put out a warning before I start!
WARNING: if you...
- Get sick really easily
- Can't pick a drumstick clean
- Can't stand the sight of guts
- Don't like seafood
Or anything like that, you might want to skip this tutorial. I will literally be tearing apart an entire crab and picking it clean. If you are strong stomached, willing to try new things, love seafood, or are from Maryland, you'll be in for a treat. You are also in for a treat because this tutorial has GIFS!! Yes, GIFS, more than one. So excited about this!
Before we even get to eating the crabs, you first need crabs right? Now, I am talking about soft shell, blue crabs. None of these king, snow, or dungeness crabs. No way. Those are cop out crabs.
- 1 dozen live blue crabs
- 1/2 cup OLD BAY® Seasoning
- In a pot with a raised rack (minimum of 2 inches high), add equal quantities of water and vinegar to just below level of rack. Bring to a boil.
- Carefully layer crabs on rack; sprinkle each layer with OLD BAY. Cover and steam 20 to 30 minutes depending on size of crabs or until crabs turn red.
Easy right? So now you have a huge pot of cooked crabs and all the delicious meat is stuck inside. Now what? Before you get started you will need:
- A table that can get a little dinged up (aka NOT the fancy dining room table)
- Clothes that you don't mind getting guts on
- Wooden mallets for everyone (these can be found in places like Willams-Sonoma or in craft stores)
- Butter knives
- LOTS of newspaper to cover your table
- LOTS of Old Bay
- LOTS of napkins
- A big group of friends and family
This is God's gift to mankind. In a Maryland grocery store you will find a dozen different varieties in the spice section. But, if you live in any of the other 49 states, check the fresh seafood section right in front of the glass case with the fish. It should be on a little shelf right there. Most grocery stores have it, you just have to look in the right place. It'll set you back about 5 bucks and will last forever. Unless you are me, who puts it on everything. Then it will last a few months.
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