Catching Blue Crabs –
The crabs are back!! After two years of nothing but frustration off the Gulf coast of Florida, we finally got into the crabs. Final count was 60 which made for a nice crab feast. Some cleaned some steamed whole. I prefer steaming the crabs whole with 1 part water, 1 part apple cider vinegar, and 1 part beer. I like to layer the crabs in the steamer with a lot of old bay seasoning between each layer. Just put them in the steamer after it starts to boil and wait 15 minutes and it is game on. Cleaning the crabs first makes for faster eating but I think you loose some flavor doing it that way plus you miss out on the fat in the crab as it washes away if you clean them before steaming. Also, to help out with the frustration of not getting enough crab meat fast enough, throw some sausages into the crab boil.
The girls helped Granddad clean the crabs which made the trip worth the while.
We used crab traps as well as waited for the tide to go out and netted several with a flashlight and crab net. One interesting thing I discovered after walking back and forth in the same area and picking up new crabs is that crabs bury themselves in the sand quite quickly. I happened to see one half buried and then noticed several burying themselves as soon as they saw me.
On the next trip we are going to take the shrimp nets as we saw several in the grass while crabbing. A shrimp and crab boil sounds like nirvana to me.
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