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    Default Why add vinegar when steaming crabs?

    ok I read all the posts in the past and I have been grown up with boiling crabs. After reading recent polls and hearing your input I think I want to try and start steaming them. Most recipes I have been reading includes vinegar, does this enhance the flavor or does it have something to do with the stiffness of the meat? I plan on picking some up today or tomorrow since I don't have the time to catch them myself and want to try dipping them in the ice water them cleaning then steaming. I'll experiment with the seasoning.
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    I use pickle juice when cooking mine. Believe it or not, I believe it adds to the sweetness of the crab. I Know that when barbecuing, using a vinegar mop helps to tenderize the meat. The pickle juice has a lot of garlic in it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megabyte
    ok I read all the posts in the past and I have been grown up with boiling crabs. After reading recent polls and hearing your input I think I want to try and start steaming them. Most recipes I have been reading includes vinegar, does this enhance the flavor or does it have something to do with the stiffness of the meat? I plan on picking some up today or tomorrow since I don't have the time to catch them myself and want to try dipping them in the ice water them cleaning then steaming. I'll experiment with the seasoning.
    Crabs are sooo good!!! We dont bother cleaning them, we throw them in the pot and dump a lot of mixed Old Bay and Cheyenne (sp?) on it to spice them bad boys up!!! I love when my lips burn off my face, then drink a nice cold beer to cool them off!!
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    Always did it that way. Smells good. I like apple cider vinegar, beer, water and lots of Old Bay in the pot.
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    If you clean them first sprinkle red wine vinegar over the crabs then your seasoning on top,steam in all beer.

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    The cider vinegar is what I have been hearing. Pickle juice sounds very interesting and different. I have the spices down pat, and also steaming in beer but was curious about the vinegar. I feel like going home now and making some, I knew I shouldn't have started this from work!
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    Hmmm, pickle juice? good idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by apexii
    Hmmm, pickle juice? good idea!
    It keeps them from dehydrating. It worked for the Eagles....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReadyJettyGo
    It keeps them from dehydrating. It worked for the Eagles....
    Haha you beat me to it on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBF8489
    Haha you beat me to it on that one.
    I thought thats what Gatorade is for...?
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    Old Bay sucks for Crab seasoning, you have to get the good stuff from Maryland Crab Houses

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    There is a lot of different things to try. Previous posts put Old Bay, J.O. seasoning and Zatarains. Maybe a combination would work well.
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    Not to change the subject....but are you guys getting "keeper" crabs down in the Barnegate or Great Bay (LBI). I'm thinking of going this weekend. I put a tad of white vinegar in the steamer...I hear the meat comes out better.

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    I know they are catching them north barnegat bay, mantoloking area. I want to go myself before it's all over.

    Anyone ever try Obrycki's seasoning? It's made in Baltimore.
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    Steve WdzOld Bay sucks for Crab seasoning, you have to get the good stuff from Maryland Crab Houses



    You got that right. Old bay SUCKS!

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