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Old 02-25-2021, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Not Q - Don't Purge Your Crawfish...

I've been arguing this for years... just wash'em good.

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In conclusion, preparing crawfish for cooking by immersion in a water bath, with or without salt, for a short time will often provide some degree of cleansing, although this is mainly associated with exterior surfaces and the gill cavity where debris can accumulate. The amount of digesta in cooked crawfish subjected to an adequate wash may not be discernible from nonwashed crawfish; however, washing will lessen the amount of debris shed during the cooking process. There is no evidence from this study that suggests the use of salt in cleansing crawfish was beneficial, but results do indicate that a saltwater bath may contribute to increased mortality, if washed crawfish are subjected to refrigerated storage for several days prior to cooking. Conventional commercial style purging for 12 hours or longer is the only known way to significantly reduce the size of the hindgut in cooked crawfish, and that method is usually not practical for consumers.
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Old 02-25-2021, 08:54 PM   #2
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I've been arguing this for years... just wash'em good.

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I guess this means I can quit tossing a bunch of crawfish in the washing machine when mama does a load of her delicates.
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Old 02-25-2021, 09:14 PM   #3
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I read the article a couple of days ago. That's been my experience. Salt 'em, kill 'em.
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Old 02-25-2021, 09:34 PM   #4
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Good resource. We need more live crawfish to make it to the boil pot! Can't wait until my local s pot is back at it again soon
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Soooo eat em gritty or shi..y? Cookers choice. Bahaaahaa.
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Old 02-25-2021, 11:51 PM   #6
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Soooo eat em gritty or shi..y? Cookers choice. Bahaaahaa.
I say "eat 'em how you got 'em." Now you've got me thinking about a boil.... Thanks.
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The digestive "vein" will pull out when properly handled.

After removing the head, wiggle the tail side to side
to break it off from the shell and gently pull the vein out.
Then you can bite on the larger end and pull the meat out
with your teeth.

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Old 02-26-2021, 10:16 AM   #9
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One of my favorite uses of crawfish was this boudin that Mike (Happy Hapgood) brought to a Texas bash. So farking good.

Embarrassed to admit that I've never been to a crawfish boil.
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Done one boil in it since getting it from Lowe's 2 weeks ago.
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One of our resellers here in MS hasn't stocked any yet, say they are too high. Guess the LA boys charge too much freight?
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