> Shore Crab
all saltwater crabs are edible raw.
keep crabs alive until cooking time to avoid toxins building up in their systems.
look for shore crabs under rocks at low tide.
The small purple shore crabs that live under rocks are always plentiful and easy to find, though it's a bit of an art to guess which rock will be sheltering the largest crabs. Large flat rocks are usually good candidates. Be prepared to act quickly after flipping a rock, since crabs will scatter in every direction, wasting no time in hiding under another (possibly much larger) one! Most people overlook these small crabs as a source of food; the trick is knowing how to get at the meat.
When I'm ready to cook, I remove the tops of their bodyshells by gripping their legs and pulling upwards on the edge of the shell until it comes off, an action that kills them instantly. I wash out the guts and boil them whole for ten minutes, often as part of my dinner soup. When they are cooked, I remove the legs and claws of the crabs, and also the side-segments of the body where the legs are attached. I chew these parts whole, sucking out the meat as I carefully grind the shell between my teeth, spitting out the shell fragments. It's not a lot of meat, but when I'm done my taste buds feel like they've had a crab feast!
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