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The Catch, The Snatch, The Retrieval
Published on Saturday, July 9, 2011 by

Blue crabs.  I won’t kill ‘em, but I’ll sure eat ‘em!  Lately, the boys have been going with the neighbors to collect crabs from a trap at one of their homes.

I have not witnessed what comes next.  Some people boil crabs live, some steam them… but this family?  They rip the back off the crab.  My oldest says it is instant and much more humane than boiling them alive.  He’s done all three methods and believes this is the best.

When I came home from work yesterday, there was a bag of cleaned crabs and five hungry boys in my kitchen.  Not only did they catch the crabs but also cooked, ate and cleaned up after themselves.

blue crab feast

I asked one of the boys to hold a cleaned crab for a picture.

cleaned crab

In that moment, I learned something.  If you hold a blue crab near your dog’s level, it is an invitation for a quick snack.  It seems only fair!  I also learned something else.  The minute your dog whisks away your son’s hard-earned catch, it will be taken right back by a pack of hungry boys.

dog eats crab

Sorry Emma.  The crab might have gone down easy enough, but I’m certain it would have been painful in the end.  Hope you liked the dog bone you got instead.  It might not have tasted like crab, but we saved you from certain discomfort.  You are welcome.

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  • Ron

    ”  If you hold a blue crab near your dog’s level, it is an invitation for a quick snack.  It seems only fair!  I also learned something else.  The minute your dog whisks away your son’s hard-earned catch, it will be taken right back by a pack of hungry boys.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That, along with the photo, was PRICLESS!

    I wish enjoyed seafood, but alas….I don’t. When we first moved to Florida my father would catch fresh fish (snapper, flounder, etc.) and then my mother would instantly clean and prepare it for dinner. On those nights, I would eat chicken. 🙁

    Oh, and you should have seen me while living in Japan. Practially everything they eat is made with seafood. Thank god I was living in Kobe because the beef there is beyond delicious!

    Fun post, Katherine! Have a great weekend!

    • I love seafood – I’ll take your share.

    • Oh Ron… Kobe Beef! WOW! I see that on Iron Chef all the time – especially the good old original one where they kill stuff in the kitchen (shudder). I can’t eat steak anymore b/c of my gastroparesis, but sure miss it. I always wanted to try Kobe beef. On that trip to Vegas last year (a gift from my friend to me) my friend’s daughter got Kobe beef and I tried a tiny tiny taste. It MELTED in my mouth…. I can just imagine a whole bite!

      Now I want to go through your blog and see if you were writing when you were in Japan. I would love to hear your stories… have you blogged about it? If not, it would be awesome to hear it in a nutshell and see pix!

  • That looks fabulous.  I would definitely cook them.  Not sure I could tear the backs off of them but I could definitely boil or steam them (I believe boiling is pretty instant too).  Did you eat any of them?

    • I ate one…. they were really sweet. The ones we pulled right out of the ocean as opposed to the sound were pretty briney. We are going to get a bushel of big ones on the way down for our vacation near the end of July. Can’t wait!

  • Funny, I’m not a fan of crabs but I love crabcakes. But then, I’m Canadian and we are notoriously weird 🙂

  • Now we know that catching crabs isn’t always bad. Your kids rock! That is too cool that they handled the prep, cooking and cleaning. Loved the pictures!

  • Now that’s what I call great blog photography!

    I would eat and enjoy crab, but not if I had to kill and cook it. Someone else has to do that for me, so I can pretend that it was never alive.

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     thank u

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