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Q. When catching live crab in crab pots how do you get them ready to boil and
how long do you boil them to be safe
- A. The process is the same whether you catch them yourself or possibly buy them live from the person who did. Only cook live crabs, because they deteriorate very quickly after they have expired.
- You can simply throw the crabs in a pot of boiling water to cook them.
- Depending on the size of the crabs, it will take between 6 and 10 min to cook them. If the crab is alive when you start, the amount of cooking time has very little to do with safety - it's more a question of whether the meat is underdone, overdone, or possibly cooked just right. For blue crabs, six min is adequate; for a Dungeness, boil for 8 to 10 min. The shells of many varieties of crab turn red when they have been adequately cooked.
- If you want to clean the crabs before you cook them, you can kill them by tossing them into boiling water for 30 seconds or possibly by cutting just behind the eyes to remove the head. Next, scrape out the gills which are found under flaps just over the legs. Then, turn the crab over. On the underbelly you will find the "tail" or possibly "apron," a slightly-lifted triangular flap.
- Pull this off. Finally, rinse the crab and pop it back into the pot.