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At steamed-crab time, how do you eat?
baltimoresun ^ | July 8, 2009 | Rob Kasper

Posted on 07/12/2009 1:18:45 PM PDT by JoeProBono

When you eat steamed crabs are you a dipper, a swiper or a sauce-maker? A dipper removes the crab meat from the shell then drops it in a bowl of liquid, usually apple-cider vinegar or melted butter. A swiper rubs the crab meat quickly over the bits of seasoning clinging to the shell. A sauce-maker combines ingredients, usually mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup, then drags the crab meat through this creation. There is also another option: None of the above. That is, just eating the crab meat as soon as it pops out of the shell....

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1 posted on 07/12/2009 1:18:45 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

"Ouch!"


2 posted on 07/12/2009 1:21:34 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The University of Notre Dame's motto: "Kill our unborn children? YES WE CAN!")
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To: JoeProBono

I just stuff the whole damned crab in my mouth, shell and all.


3 posted on 07/12/2009 1:22:09 PM PDT by B-Chan
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To: JoeProBono

Right out of the shell. If they are steamed properly in Old Bay they are good to go.


4 posted on 07/12/2009 1:23:27 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: JoeProBono
I am a dipper and one who sometimes eats the crab right out of the shell with nothing else. Had a friend years ago that would go up to Alaska and work on those crab ships. One year he brought back a bunch of king crab and we had one heck of a party.

Crab shells everywhere. Inside and outside the house.

5 posted on 07/12/2009 1:24:01 PM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: B-Chan
I just stuff the whole damned crab in my mouth, shell and all.

Soft shell, I hope.

6 posted on 07/12/2009 1:24:57 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Ditto right out of the shell.

Remove the apron, pop the shell off, throw away the gills, split the body and start crunchin’ away. With Old Bay or Zatarains, don’t need no dippin’.


7 posted on 07/12/2009 1:29:58 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: JoeProBono

8 posted on 07/12/2009 1:31:32 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: JoeProBono
Dipper

Sadly, I can't afford lobster or crab...so have been buying the phoney stuff...Not as good, of course, but satisfies my expensive desires.

9 posted on 07/12/2009 1:31:38 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: JoeProBono

Definitely a dipper.


10 posted on 07/12/2009 1:35:06 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m a dipper.


11 posted on 07/12/2009 1:35:09 PM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Yeah. It’s soft-shell season down here... I love those little underwater spiders...


12 posted on 07/12/2009 1:35:30 PM PDT by B-Chan
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To: Vicki

“King crab”

Hard to believe but the most king crab I ever had in my life (and it was free) was in the middle of Central Asia in Uzbekistan at the (now gone) U.S. base, in the mess tent. Every Friday it was all you could eat king crab and lobster tail. I sliced open crab legs with my lockback, dipped, and enjoyed.

Measured the length of deployment that way. I was there for exactly thirty eight king crab nights.

The downside was no alcohol, although the seafood went down pretty well with ice-cold near beer.

;^)


13 posted on 07/12/2009 1:35:41 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: JoeProBono

I was born in Baltimore but moved to Virginia in the 70’s. I still can’t get steamed crabs like they make ‘em in “Ball-mer”.

Some of my fondest childhood memories of crab feasts at my grandparents’ place on Rock Creek.

When I was in college, I threatened my mother that my wedding reception would be crabs and beer. She about had heart failure at that thought. If I ever re-marry, I just might have that crab feast/wedding reception.


14 posted on 07/12/2009 1:35:58 PM PDT by iceskater (Michelle Obama to America - "Let them wear Keds!")
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To: Vicki; JoeProBono

Dipper. Butter. Of course.


15 posted on 07/12/2009 1:35:59 PM PDT by Woebama
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To: autumnraine

We dip in butter with fresh minced garlic.


16 posted on 07/12/2009 1:36:52 PM PDT by freebird5850 (O-Bomba is not the Messia. Jesus was a carpenter and could build a cabinet!)
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To: JoeProBono

Bash - crack - dip - scarf.

Repeat.


17 posted on 07/12/2009 1:38:02 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: JoeProBono

Suggest stop steaming live animals, gorging yourselves, and adding even more fat to your waist lines.

Vegetarianism and Conservatism easily co-exist.


18 posted on 07/12/2009 1:42:12 PM PDT by mountaineer1997
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To: Daffynition
You never asked


19 posted on 07/12/2009 1:45:28 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Woebama
Dipper. Butter. Of course.

Blue crabs? Heathen!

[shakes head]

If they have been cooked with sufficient quantity of McCormick's Old Bay seasoning, as God intended, there will be enough cayenne present to make your lips burn as you scarf the meat fresh out of the shell. You need cold beer with them to dampen down the fire.

Blue crabs are one of the few subjects in which I own up to my Maryland heritage.

20 posted on 07/12/2009 1:47:20 PM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: mountaineer1997

How about you eat your veggies and not worry about everyone else.


21 posted on 07/12/2009 1:48:30 PM PDT by Trinity5
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To: JoeProBono
Living on the West coast I consume Dungeness crab. I love any way - right out of the shell when it is still hot, dipped in butter with lemon, seasoned mayo, made into crab cakes, in pasta, crab melts, crab enchiladas, hot crab dip with artichoke hearts, crab omelets, in cioppino, and on and on.
22 posted on 07/12/2009 1:49:43 PM PDT by mickey finn
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To: mountaineer1997
O RELY?


23 posted on 07/12/2009 1:50:33 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: mountaineer1997
Suggest stop steaming live animals, gorging yourselves, and adding even more fat to your waist lines.

Your post is prima facie evidence that you take far too much interest in how other people live their lives. That's the opposite of conservative.

To be fair, you would seem to fit right into the Maryland political scene, however.

24 posted on 07/12/2009 1:51:23 PM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: JoeProBono
Yuck! You can have the crabs, I'll take the...
25 posted on 07/12/2009 1:53:04 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: mickey finn

26 posted on 07/12/2009 1:54:56 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Vicki

Those Alaskan crabs need to be dipped in butter. Good old blue crab properly steamed in Old Bay is best eaten right out of the shell


27 posted on 07/12/2009 1:57:21 PM PDT by gunnut
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To: mountaineer1997

I love crabbing trips to the coast when it is time to plunge our catch into the huge pot of boiling water. Nothing beats catching and cooking those tasty spiders when camping on the coast.


28 posted on 07/12/2009 1:58:29 PM PDT by mickey finn
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To: iceskater
I was born in Baltimore but moved to Virginia in the 70’s. I still can’t get steamed crabs like they make ‘em in “Ball-mer”.

Capt'n Pells (Rte 50 in Fairfax) will get you by in a pinch, but go straight home afterwards. You'll reek of Old Bay all night.
29 posted on 07/12/2009 1:58:46 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: iceskater

My uncle and aunt had a crab feast for their rehersal dinner. Thought my aunt’s mother was going to have a stroke. Hauled crabs from Baltimore to Philly and steamed them on location. Talk about a party and it still gets talked about 25 years later.


30 posted on 07/12/2009 1:59:58 PM PDT by gunnut
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To: Sacajaweau
It seems I had a lot of fresh winter cod, and being bored with preparing it the usual ways, tried this recipe .... it was wonderful! You could substitute haddock also.

POOR MAN'S LOBSTER

1 lb. cod, cut into chunks
2 c. water
1 tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

Add salt and Old Bay to water and vinegar and bring to a boil. Add fish; simmer gently 15-20 minutes. Drain and serve with melted butter. Serves 4.

31 posted on 07/12/2009 2:00:40 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Thrownatbirth

Old Bay cologne, now there is an idea.


32 posted on 07/12/2009 2:01:29 PM PDT by gunnut
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To: big'ol_freeper

33 posted on 07/12/2009 2:01:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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34 posted on 07/12/2009 2:02:16 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: gunnut

That sounds wonderful!


35 posted on 07/12/2009 2:02:37 PM PDT by iceskater (Michelle Obama to America - "Let them wear Keds!")
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To: Thrownatbirth

Capt’n Pells (Rte 50 in Fairfax) will get you by in a pinch, but go straight home afterwards. You’ll reek of Old Bay all night.

and the problem with that is? king crab i dip in butter mixed with old bay (which i carry with me to the restaurant). steamed crabs i just break ‘em and eat ‘em. and i love UTZ’s crab chips but can’t get them in colorado so i always overdue when we visit family in baltimore.


36 posted on 07/12/2009 2:04:12 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (NO I WON'T)
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To: Thrownatbirth

I live in Richmond, but if I get desperate enough....


37 posted on 07/12/2009 2:05:03 PM PDT by iceskater (Michelle Obama to America - "Let them wear Keds!")
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38 posted on 07/12/2009 2:06:05 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: gunnut
That may work. I have the patent on Hoppes No. 9 cologne. ;)


39 posted on 07/12/2009 2:06:57 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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40 posted on 07/12/2009 2:09:07 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: bravo whiskey

41 posted on 07/12/2009 2:09:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Double yuck!! Why ruin a perfectly good steak with a bottom dweller that lives off carcasses and fish feces. That’s worse than putting ketchup or mayo on it. *wink*


42 posted on 07/12/2009 2:11:24 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: JoeProBono

None of the above. I usually rinse it off with cold water and stand right there at the sink and eat it.

You’re making me hungry!!


43 posted on 07/12/2009 2:23:33 PM PDT by EggsAckley (There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply. W.C. Fields)
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To: Oberon

Shellfish are just an excuse eat sauce.


44 posted on 07/12/2009 2:26:55 PM PDT by Woebama
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To: JoeProBono

Ah, Fisherman’s Grotto. I’ve spent thousands of happy hours at that place in my 63 years.

Alioto’s Number 9.


45 posted on 07/12/2009 2:28:50 PM PDT by EggsAckley (There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply. W.C. Fields)
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To: mountaineer1997

“stop steaming live animals”

You’re supposed to steam crabs alive! That way you know they’re fresh.

Adding to waistlines? Obviously you’ve never been to a crab feast. Crabmeat is very lean and you expend nearly as much energy taking them apart as is in the caloric content.

BTW, check out various lobster `cruelty’ incidents involving Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

(Hint: crustaceans’ nervous systems are incapable of sensing pain, as in boiling or being chopped up.)


46 posted on 07/12/2009 2:40:05 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: JoeProBono

Pull that backfin out and drag it through some more Old Bay. The crabmeat is an excellent way to convey the Old Bay to your mouth.

One can never have too much Old Bay. It’s good on everything but ice cream and aspirin.


47 posted on 07/12/2009 2:41:51 PM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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48 posted on 07/12/2009 2:44:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Oberon

To be fair, you would seem to fit right into the Maryland political scene, however.

Amazing, amazing place. Like in totally different politically, than say forty years ago. I just don't get it, for I still know many people there who are indeed the same conservative (honest) folks of that past time.

Was it the Baltimore Sun? Paul Sarbanes? Barbara Mikulski? Marvin Mandel? Bloomberg and the Johns Hopkins U? Washington DC environs with the modern day expansion of central gov't? Greater population density?

Whatever the reasons Maryland (including Balto) is a modern day philosophical abomination of what it once was. And whatever those reasons I'm afraid they speak for a nation in general.

Although I will say again, as posted here years ago, Barabara Mikulski could be pointedly put on the spot in front of her constituency (blue collar) and forced to revert to conservative (honesty and responsibility) ideals. Indeed it is the "Republicans" who have failed us in doing so.

Hopefully that is Sarah Palin's motivation.

49 posted on 07/12/2009 2:51:58 PM PDT by jnsun (The LEFT: The need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer)
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To: Woebama
Shellfish are just an excuse eat sauce.

King crabs, yes... blue crabs, no.

50 posted on 07/12/2009 3:14:22 PM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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