Freezing Peeler Crabs
Freezing Peeler Crabs By Ian Alexander
Firstly I bring my crabs on until they are just starting to split as in the photo. I only peel good crab, any that are dead I throw away and any that have hairy legs are also discarded. Hairy legs is when you snap the leg from a dead or dying crab and it leaves white hairs or sinews instead of coming away clean. Its a sure sign that the crab is past its best.
I totally peel the crab, rinsing under the tap to wash away the bits of shell. I also remove the lungs although I know at least one very good angler who doesnt. I just like to remove the lungs especially from river crabs as they tend to be full of muck which may promote decay. Crabs from the open sea arent so bad.
Fully Peeled Crab
Photo Showing Lung Removed
The excess water is dried off with paper towel and the crab wrapped in cling film.
Wrapping In Cling Film
Make sure that the crab is tightly wrapped to exclude any air which can cause freezer burn.
Neatly Wrapped Crab
When Iâ€™ve done a few crab I quickly space them out on the frozen glass chopping board I have in the freezer and leave them to freeze. The frozen glass makes the crabs freeze very quickly.
Crabs Placed On Frozen Glass Chopping Board
Once fully frozen I store them in plastic tubs in the freezer, and take them fishing in a wide mouthed flask so any not used can be returned to the freezer.
Crabs Stored In â€œTupperwareâ€ Tub
I hope that this has been useful to some of the forum members, please remember that this post is only my method and opinions