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Alexandra VanCleve

Owner/Crab Cooker, Capt. Jack's Crab Shack and The Virginia Crab Cake Co

www.welovecrabs.com  

540-582-8868

Eight years ago my family stumbled into the crab business and never looked back.  I spent every summer working at the crab shack to save money for college and of course help out my family.  After graduating from UVa with a degree in biology, I was dazed and confused.  Like most kids with a degree in one hand and zero experience in the other, I prolonged real life for a bit by working yet another summer at the crab shack.  The business had grown so much and the need to expand presented a unique opportunity- for me to become a business owner.  One larger retail store and an on-line store that ships seafood across the country, www.crabpie.com, I am learning something new every day.  Maybe one day I'll go to grad school, but right now I'm having too much fun cooking crabs!

How to Eat Crabs

Alexandra VanCleve of Captain Jack's Crab Shack shows you how to eat crabs.

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How to Eat Crabs

Ingredients

1 beer
Vinegar
Water
2/3 cup Old Bay
Half a bushel of blue crabs

Instructions

1. Add 1/3 parts water, 1/3 parts beer and 1/3 parts vinegar to a pot. Use a pot with a basket so the crabs aren't touching the water. Pour the Old Bay in.


2. Cull the crabs, separating the live crabs from the dead crabs. Put the live crabs in the pot, put the lid on and boil them for 25-30 minutes.


3. When you put the crabs on a plate, add more Old Bay seasoning to them.

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Alexandra VanCleve: Hi, I am Alexandra VanCleve with Capt. Jack's Crab Shack and I am here to show you how to eat a crab. There are couple of different variations but a couple of things still stay the same. First got to grab your crab, make sure there is whole bunch of seasoning on there. Turn it over, you want to grab the key, pull it out, turn it back over and use it as leverage to pop it open. Set the shell off to the side and one quick snap, you can even get in closer. Okay, this is where there are a couple of different variations. I am going to show you my personal preference. I like to just squeeze the body and that's just going to release some of the -- the not so good stuff from the good stuff. Okay. And this portion is called the back fin, that's where most of the meat is, the jumbo lump, the lump that you buy in the grocery store, this is where it's coming from. You just kind a start pulling away, kind of just like you just break it all down, the white stuff is the meat stuff which you want to go after.

See how your crab spice is just kind of falling on the table. You are going to use that, just kind of push your meat into and just keep going. So I am going to take my first bite, pretty good. Nice, sweet white meat is what you want. There are couple of different ways you can eat it if you don't want like just spice. I have got here butter, vinegar, spice and cocktail sauce, which is a little bit spicy. My personal favorite is to just take some of the crab spice, put in the vinegar, gives it a nice taste. Swirl it around, down the hatch. Now you have to finish it off though with a cold sip of beer, just keep going. After you have eaten all of the meat in the back fin, you want to go ahead for the claws that's where a lot of the other good meat is too. There are two portions that have all of the meat in it. It's right here the base and the actual claw part. So if you just snap in two, now you can start working with your -- put your handy-dandy tools.

It's time we are going to mash it and just start breaking away. Now if you can't get into it because it's a little bit of tough, if you have got a crab knife or just a regular butter knife will work and just start easing it out. You got to get your hands in there and you are going to get very -- so just start picking it off, as simple as that.

Now for the base little claw, you want to try and snap it as close to the hinges right here as possible, that way you will just be able to have a big chunk of meat, or you can just mash it. It starts breaking away, there you go, the good stuff. I want to thank you all for watching and hope you enjoy your crab as much as I do.

eating by patriot9878 at 04/14/12 07:07PM Flag

I only use my fingers. I take a fin and open the apron. Then I take back off and crab the dead man fingers. Then break in half and I just push out the big pieces of meat with my fingers. The small places in the front I just squeeze them out. I just can't use a knife unless I pick crabs.

Crabs by patriot9878 at 04/14/12 07:02PM Flag

Started crabbing when I was 7. All Summer 7 and 8 had to go trot lining. Then at 9 we opened a seafood business. Ran it for 5 years, but you can sell all kinds of seafood and run most of the year. Crab balls are big sellers. I should have stayed in the business. I ran a business myself and then my father closed it. if you make crab balls, fish cakes, and cook soft crabs, and scallops at a carry out

Well done by whodat11 at 02/22/11 06:55PM Flag

From Baltimore, and the only variation is layering the crabs with spice while adding them to the pot. Usually a little more than old bay. A mixture with sea salt and such. J.O. is a pretty good start. We like our spice wet and sticking.

Awesome Job by luton at 11/05/09 11:06PM Flag

This is a really good video series! These do a great job of explaining everything you need to know from start to finish. It also includes the very important part about not cooking dead crabs, and it explains how to tell the difference. Thanks for a great series!

how to eat crabs by bluecloud at 06/13/09 04:52AM Flag

I like this video is very informative

Good job! by asnider999 at 01/04/09 04:56PM Flag

This is an excellent video to send along with invitations to summer crab feasts. Often times we end up showing first time guests how to eat crabs. This video takes a little of the mystery out of the process.

Great Crab Video by marcus2c at 11/25/08 10:37PM Flag

This is great. one of the best videos on monkeysee.com. I have been trying for to make blue crabs for my wife who is from the east coast. All she talk about is how much is miss Md. blue crabs. I'm from the west coast would love to know how to make Roasted Dungeness Crab. Thank you

Great Job... by catsnjags at 10/28/08 11:45PM Flag

the whole series is well done!!

Great videos! by pcushing077 at 10/20/08 08:47PM Flag

Wow, possibly the best video on monkeysee.com. I have been trying for hours to find some good info on cooking crabs for a party this weekend, thanks Allie! Thanks monkeysee.com!

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