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RockinReel
post Sep 1 2005, 12:45 PM
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Anyone know where I can get a blue crab roller thingamabob that I've heard about that squeezes the meat from the crablegs? I about took my thumb nail off shelling crabs to make She Crab Soup last weekend.


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post Sep 1 2005, 01:02 PM
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Don't know where you are located, but I have one you are welcome to.
Please email me and I will try to get it to you.
It works good but you have to chill the backed crabs in ice for about 8 hours
for it to be effective.
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post Sep 1 2005, 01:05 PM
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I'm in Midway Ga, but I would like to buy one. I've searched the internet and found nothing. What is it called? You use it on raw or cooked backed crabs?


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post Sep 1 2005, 01:27 PM
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Try this siteclick here


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post Sep 1 2005, 01:38 PM
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Best way to get the meat out of the claws is to use a nutcraker and a crab knife. Just crack the shells right at the joint of the pinchers until you can pull the meat out. The seconday leg just crack on the large end.

Most people attack a crab without paying any attention on how it is put together. Once the top shell is off break the crab in half, then take one of the halves and cut it in half horizontally while holding it in your hand. Takes a little practice but once you figure out how they were put together then it's easy to take em apart.
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post Sep 1 2005, 01:49 PM
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I think I have one Reggie, never used it though. It's yours if you want it.

I can pick a crab with the best (my wife). smile.gif


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post Sep 1 2005, 02:47 PM
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Crab need to be backed and raw.
I've used mine a couple of times -Will be at Sapelo next weekend to fish.
Lot 6 Leon Drive, Sapelo Woods -I'm in the phone book.
Great preceding advise - look at the make-up of the crab before you start to pick the meat. Adding vinegar to the water makes the picking easier. About a half of cup to a half bushel of backed and cleaned crabs. (Add to water at the beginning)
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post Sep 1 2005, 03:49 PM
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Remember Paul, I am just a few doors up the street. The paint and paint brush will be on the back porch ready for you during the hottest part of the day since you will not be fishing. laugh.gif


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post Sep 2 2005, 01:28 AM
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Reggie, My Dad has an original method for picking crabs. After he backs and cleans them, he uses a butter knife to pop the knuckles off each side of the body. He has a set-up that uses compressed air, air dryer and filter, hose and an air gun that he mounted a round piece of plexiglass on. He regulates the air pressure to a point that works best, then holds the crab bodies down in a clean 5 gal. bucket, shooting bursts of air from the inside of the body outwards. A bit overboard on the set-up but I guarantee its the easiest and cleanest way I've seen to pick crabs. Almost no shell in the meat.

Okay, all you guys running out to your garages and shops --- don't use the stuff you've been using on your car engines, lawn mowers, etc. Go out and buy some new stuff. He keeps his kit cleaned and stored in the 5-gal. bucket , with a lid on top. biggrin.gif


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post Sep 2 2005, 06:44 AM
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Next time I cook some up I'm going to try a rolling pin and a cutting board. Should work about the same as a wringer, just less pressure. I'll put enough vinegar in the water to get the shells soft enough so they will not break apart.
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post Sep 2 2005, 07:38 AM
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Savannah Dan, I've tried the rolling pin deal, and for me it was a waste of time. Ended up with a couple of mushed meat and shell patties! The wife and I picked out about 4 dozen last night and the crabs are incredibly full of meat right now. Hope you have better luck than I did with the rolling pin.

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post Sep 2 2005, 07:52 AM
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The best thing I have ever used in extracting meat from crabs is the old timey clothes wringer. It even gets the meat out of small walking legs of the blue crab. You still have to pick out the claws. You can adjust the rollers on the clothes wringer to fit the thickness of the crab. cool.gif


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post Sep 2 2005, 01:04 PM
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Reggie, you home to stay this time or just visiting?


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post Sep 6 2005, 09:42 AM
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Ah Ha! The FAST CRAB crab meat extractor. Got it. Looks pricey, stainless steel and all. Mark I'll try yours, thanks. I'll come by boat this week sometime after work. Will you be around? I've got to make some more crab stew for my sick Mom this week/weekend in Charleston. So, pmathis I can't make it to Sapelo. The vinegar advice will probably keep me from splitting my thumb nail again. Ray, I might have to try that. Build me a crab station. Robert, I'll be home for a while. I don't have any contracting duties in the near future. Stewart I haven't tried cutting it horizontally. I'll give it a try.

With all this great advice.... next questions. How long do you boil the crabs for that easy shelling? And who has a good crab stew recipe? My Mom said mine wasn't the best or worse she ever tasted, so there is room for improvement!


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post Sep 6 2005, 10:30 AM
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blue crab meat extractor

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post Sep 6 2005, 12:11 PM
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If yo0u boil them they tend to be mushy and a lot harder to pick. Steaming keeps the meat drier and easier to get out.

I put mine on a riased rack (in my case I have a basket that goes into the pot that lifts out) and put in one beer and a cup of vinegar. Put on high until they turn red then steam for 30 minutes.

I layer them in and sprinkle with old bay or JO or penzey's - what ever I have at the time. Old Bay is my favorite, but Penzey's has more flavor without the heat. I think JO's is too hot.

The real secret is to keep the beer really ice cold.
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post Sep 6 2005, 04:37 PM
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Yeah Reggie after 1:00 Sat and anytime Sunday.


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post Sep 7 2005, 12:22 PM
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Dang, I feel like I can give a blue crab seminar now! I'll be the crab daddy extraodinairre! Never heard of those seasoning's, but I do have Savannah's Best seasoning that I like a lot. My Aunt sells it.

I'm catching so many crabs I'm going to start bagging and freezing it. I'm assuming the best way is to put dry meat in a plastic container with lid for freezing???


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post Sep 7 2005, 12:35 PM
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Maybe we can order some blue crabs at Holton's and show each others our picking methods. biggrin.gif
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post Sep 7 2005, 12:47 PM
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Reggie talk to Debi when you get here she'll fix you up on the crab ideas. She freezes hers in 2% milk in a ziplock.


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