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How To Eat Blue Crab

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Eating a blue crab is the most popular dish in my list of seafood menu. And it is very true that you can eat the blue crab only when you know the proper technique of eating it. Blue crabs must also be cooked properly in order to be safe to eat. Here’s how to Eat Blue Crab How to Eat Blue Crab
Things required for eating blue crabs
Stockpot
Steamer basket
Meat thermometer
How to Eat Blue Crab    
Step 1: Buy fresh blue crabs and keep the crabs moist and refrigerated between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit till it is ready to cook. The fresh blue crab meat tends to deteriorate quickly after death if it is not cooked immediately.
Step 2:  When purchasing frozen blue crab meat check the packages carefully. Even a small slit in the package can allow pathogens to enter the crab meat and spoil it.
Step 3: Boil the blue crabs till they have reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4: Use a meat or food thermometer to be sure of the internal temperature. However, when fully boiled, the crab shell should be bright red and have glistening white flesh. This will occur 15 to 25 minutes after the water has boiled.
Step 5:  Next, steam the blue crabs. Place them in a steamer basket over hot boiling water. Put a tight lid over the entire pot and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. The crabs should turn bright red and the meat white. With a cooking thermometer check that the crabs to ensure that they have a 145-degree-Fahrenheit internal temperature.
Step 5: Heat precooked blue crab meat for approximately 10 minutes before eating or serving them cold. If serving with hot foods, such as a gumbo or seafood stew, it is advisable to add the crab meat at least 20 minutes before serving and allow it to boil.
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