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Crabs: How to Kill Them and Eat Them

I'm a big talker. There are things that, although I'm sure I could do, I never will do because there is always someone else around to do it. Case in point: killing the crabs. If I absolutely had to be the one to kill the critters so that we could eat their yummy, sweet legs, I would do it (or I would have just bought them already cooked...). But thanks to my brother-in-law, Dan, I was spared for another time. He did the dirty work. ) I should really have him give a chance to tell you about it!

As for recipes, a crab boil is a favorite in the Pacific Northwest, just like it is in the southern US. But, I bet you've never grilled your shellfish! If you have, you're a step ahead of me because I just thought this was the coolest thing ever. My first experience was with grilled oysters, and apparently folks up here will grill just about anything that comes out of the water! Although not a crab recipe, I found this great post on Pacific Northwest dining and recipes on HubPages - be sure to check it out. I found almost 40 recipes for crab from the Pacific Northwest region at Recipe Zaar.

Here are a couple of links to online instructions for killing (it's probably more politically correct to say "cleaning") crab: from Instructables, complete with photos, and from Coos Bay (an Oregon website).

If you were wondering what's for dinner, maybe a new recipe is in order. I only wish you had caught-this-morning-in-the-bay-right-here crab to cook. Happy eating!

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