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Old 12-16-2008, 11:10 PM   #1
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What to do with Farm Crabs.....?

Well, I went back to that Thai grocery store and bought a package of these tiny farm crabs. There are maybe 20 of them in the package. What should I do with them???

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Old 12-16-2008, 11:38 PM   #2
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How tiny & what variety of crab? Thailand raises/farms both "Blue Swimmer" crab (basically our eastern U.S. "Blue Claw" crab), & "Mud Crab" - both of which are usually sold & eaten as adults.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:32 AM   #3
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How tiny & what variety of crab? Thailand raises/farms both "Blue Swimmer" crab (basically our eastern U.S. "Blue Claw" crab), & "Mud Crab" - both of which are usually sold & eaten as adults.
Well, the package only says "Farm crab." Well, the body without the legs is maybe about 2 inches wide. They are somewhat dark in colour. Almost a brown with a hint of red.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:35 AM   #4
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2" crab?


....bait?
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:50 AM   #5
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Sounds like Mud Crab. But boy - what a tiny size! All the recipes I've seen for Mud Crab are for the larger adult crabs - nothing for anything that small.

My only advice might be sauce. Way back when I was a little sprout & used to go crabbing with my family, & before there were size limits on Blue-Claw Crabs, while we only kept the large ones, Italian folks kept everything, regardless of size. My dad once asked one of these gentlemen what he did with those teeny-tiny Blue Claws & he said they just tossed them whole into Marinara sauce & let them simmer for a long while, then fished them out & tossed them.

Unless they're soft-shelled & can be eaten whole, I really can't think of any other way to use them.
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:14 AM   #6
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They would probably make good seafood stock.
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