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Crab Chat is dedicated to talking with you about anything and everything crab! Got questions? Crab-O-Licious has answers. Please, take your time and read around. There's a ton of information about crab here!´╗┐

If you have a question about how to boil crab, click in here! Same thing, if you didn't find the answer, you can always ask, but do look around. Someone may have already answered your question for you.

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How long to boil crab? That depends if it was previously cooked crab or if you have live crab. See more how to boil crab here.

How to tell if crab is pre cooked? If you bought the crab at a store and it is not alive, more than likely it is pre-cooked. So to cook them, you just need to steam them. However, if they are whole crab, you will need to clean the crab, first. Then you can steam them.

How to keep dungeness crabs alive? Glad you asked! It's so very important to keep your live crabs, granted, you aren't cooking them and eating the crab right away after being caught. To keep them alive for a few hours, fill your holding tank or cooler with the aquaria that you are catching them in. Make sure there is plenty of water to keep them emerged. Learn more about Live Crabs, here.

Do you have "how to catch crab" tips? Yes we do! See more tips on catching crab here.

How to eat snow crab legs? Eating crab legs is pretty basic with all types of crab. We'll show you how to eat crab legs here.

Are snow crab young king crab? No! Although the are found both in the northern North Pacific Ocean, they are not the same species of crab, but 2 very different types of crab.

Where can I find those crab scissors you use? You can find crab scissors similar to the ones we use in our Crab-O-Licious Store that we set up with Amazon.com. You can find many products that we use there as well as many other products that have to do with crab.

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Storing cooked blue crabs until serving 
I just picked up some freshly cooked blue crabs this morning around 9:00 am. I will not be serving them until 7:00 pm this evening. Should I refrigerate …

Caught, cooked and froze my crab 
I froze our Dungeness crabs (after cooking them) guts and all...is this okay?? If so how do I get all the gills and what not out after I defrost them to …

Blue Crab Information for First Timers...... 
Me and my husband went to the beach and caught some blue crabs and immediately put them in an ice chest full of ice. They have been on ice, now, for about …

From the sea to your home... 
OK, so we've caught crabs before and always wanted to keep them but had to throw them because of the one question we didn't know how to answer. Once you've …

Snow Crab Legs 
How long can you keep snow crab legs? I bought them from a store and they were cooked and then frozen and shrink wrapped. I must have bought them months …

Crab on a train? 
Hello! I would like to buy fresh Dungeness Crab on Fri. The plan is to pack it on ice, immediatly in a cooler. I am traveling by train to Chicago on …

Crab Allergy 
Is there anything different with Dungeness crab? I have no problem with snow crab or shrimp, as I eat a lot of them, but after eating Dungeness crab for …

Crabs Left in Trap 
How long can crabs stay alive in a crab trap? We have 6 crabs in a trap in the bay and want to leave them there for awhile as long as they will not die. …

English Names of Crab Meat 
What do you call the meat from different parts of the crab's body? I'm translating documents from a Japanese crab manufacturer, and they have different …

Crab on Ice  
Is it safe to eat blue crabs after being on ice for 24 hours? After 24 hrs on ice I am going to have to guess that your crab were dead and dead crab …

Crab Cakes Q&A's 
I had the most amazing crab cake in a restarant a while back. In the cake were what I think might be mustard seeds. They were small and round like mustard …

Vietnamese "Drunken Crab" Recipe? 
Looking for a recipe to a Vietnamese specialty called "Drunken Crab." Please get back if you know their secret. All we can find is that it's Whole …

Waste Percentage on Crabs 
What percentage of a cooked whole dungeness crab is thrown away to get to the "edible crab" meaning, legs (with shells) and body with white thin surround …

Pickeled Crab Meat 
Does anyone know if firstly you need to keep pickled crab meat in the fridge before opening? And, secondly, how long does it last for in or out of the …

Using Crab Shells For Serving 
I would like to use the crab shell as the serving container; however, it has hairs on the bottom side...how can I get rid on them? You really can't …

Refrigerating Crab  
Once you buy a cooked king crab legs from the store...how long is it good in the fridge before eating? When you buy cooked king crab legs from the …

Canned Crab Meat Q&A's 
Is a 15 year old can of crab safe to eat? Is this 15 year old canned crab safe to eat? That's a good question! I'm not looking at the can...What does …

Crab Dip Question 
Can I make crab dip the day before? Yes, you can make crab dip the day before you want to use it. With a lot of crab dip recipes we encourage it …

Non-Crackable Snow Crab Legs 
Why are some crab legs so soft that you cannot crack them? They just bend back and forth. Why some crab legs, snow, as well as, blue or dungeness …

Crab Meat Sticks to Shell 
I steamed my king crab legs for the recommended time but the meat was stuck to the shell. I think they were not packed or first cooked properly. To …

Crab With Black Spots 
We have caught many CA brown crabs before but never had this happen. The crabs were kept for 24 hours in the cooler covered in a towel soaked with sea …

Keeping Crab Alive 
Can I keep dungeness crabs alive for 8 hours in an ice chest full of ice? No. The crabs will not stay alive on ice. Your best bet is to put them in …

Crab Fishing Q&A's 
What happens to the crabs before they are caught to be cooked? They go on their merry way...they molt 3-4 times a year. While molting, they hide from …

How To Safely Store Crab 
I have leftover frozen crab legs from a month ago. Are there any recipes for making soup with the frozen leftover legs? Thanks. We're so glad you …

Cleaning Crabs 
How long can you wait after you had cooked the crabs to clean them? Just till they are cooled down enough to handle. We always take the crabs out of …

How to eat parts of Snow Crab legs. 
Can you eat the meat in the soft part of the crab leg (I guess it is the thigh?) where the upper leg is attached? It sometimes has greenish grey stuff …

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