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Things You Need For A Crab Feed!

  • Aug 6, 2009
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I am attempting to host my first crab feed when my family comes to visit in a couple of weeks. I had decided this after passing the fish market at the Redondo Beach pier and remembering how much fun I had at a friend's crab feed and what a fun process it was to have fresh, live crab. Luckily, the Redondo Beach market steams them for you because I don't have a large enough pot for that nor do I like hearing the screams. Anyhow- in my desire to make this as memorable as my friend's feed was to me, I've come across numerous websites and decided to make an easy access Lunch list for you should I inspire you to host your own feed!
Crabs feeds are notoriously messy. Amongst my friends and family I'm notoriously lazy after a meal which means I love cooking and hate cleaning up afterwards! Enter Newspapers. Just spread at least 5 or 6 sheets on top of your patio table and cleaning up is super easy after your feed.
Doris Crabs
Um....because it's called a crab feed? Besides the obvious, there are a variety of types of crabs, ways to buy and cook them, and seasons to buy. Late summer/early fall is usually the best time of year to buy crabs, though you can enjoy them year-round. If you live near a coast and happen to have a large stock pot to boil crabs, you can buy the crabs directly off the fisherman's boats. If you live near the coast but, don't have a stock pot, you can buy your fresh, live crabs from the seafood market right off the marina where the boats dock and they will steam your crabs for you. If you live inland, I believe you can get crabs at most grocery stores. Types of crabs have more to do with which coast you live near. TIP: MUST GET STEAMED CRABS TO TABLE ASAP! If not, they will continue to cook and lose flavor.
Old Bay
Ask anyone that's had a crab feed and they will have Old Bay in their Top 5! Think of it as crab's salt and pepper...
It's the other thing that will be in crab feeders top 5, you need something to dip the crab into! I plan on getting a little creative and adding a pinch of garlic to the butter dipping sauces. I love garlic and find a reason to add it to everything! I'm sure you can get much more creative than me but, remember that you don't want it to overpower the crab!
Stella Artois
There's just nothing better but, a crab feed, good people and a good beer. Enter Stella, though any light-medium beer/ale will do. I'm biased because after my love, @Nando1, introduced me to Stella, it's become my favorite beer. It just happens to compliment crab perfectly.
For you non-beer drinkers out there, feel free to add white wine in its place. I have Chardonnay because a) that's what I'm going to have on hand for my mom and b) the dry style of Chardonnay is a nice mix with crab.
Die-hard crab feeders will say that you shouldn't have any sides with crab in a crab feed. I am not of that school of thought. What could be a better side than grilled corn on the cob? Slather some of that butter and garlic sauce on there and you're set!
Garlic Bread
Well, by now, you are well aware of my garlic obsession. But, I have no clue why corn on the cob and garlic bread are the best BBQ/outdoor meals side staples. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them. I think because they're both able to be cooked on a grill and actually, the grill makes it taste better! Who am I to challenge tradition? I can hear my family and friends laughing but, I don't usually mess with things that work!
Crab Mallets
For those of you that are proper and don't want to crack the shells with your crabs or you have Carpel Tunnel or arthritis and can't crack the shells with your hands, these little hammers are perfect for you. They perfectly crack open the shells for you to dig the crab meat out for full enjoyment and little effort!
Seafood forks
Again, this is an easier way to dig the crab meat out of hard to reach crab claws or shells. I would be remiss if I didn't add these on the list. They're way down here because I usually use a crab's claw to dig the meat out...I think it makes it a little more fun and challenging! 
Remember what I said way back when we were at #1, that after eating I'm too lazy to clean up after myself? Enter trashcans. Place one of these by your patio table so people can just throw shells into it and when you're done, you can throw the newspaper in the trash. Voila! Clean up complete.
Paper towels
This helps with the relaxed vibe of a crab feed. Let people help themselves to some paper towels to use as bibs or to wipe their mouths clean, only to continue on their wonderfully messy culinary journey. Then, you guessed it- throw them in the trash!

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December 01, 2010
Cool list, djevoke! Being a crawfish boiler myself, a lot of things on this list come in really handy for me down in Louisiana. BTW, you might want to go to a local sporting goods store and buy a plastic tarp. There are two ways that you might want to use it. One way is to buy the cheapest tarp you can find, cover it in newspaper, lay out the crabs and let the feast commence. Once everybody is done, simply ball up the entire tarp and toss it. No clean up necessary. The second way (which is my preferred method) is to do the same as above, but keep the tarp and clean it off after each use. Hmmm, I think I might do a crawfish boil list now! Once again, great list!
December 02, 2010
Oooh crawfish! I haven't had the pleasure yet to try those but, my dad's always in New Orleans and raves about the food there. I had never thought about a tarp- that's a great idea! I can't wait to see your crawfish list...Thanks :)
December 01, 2010
LOL! what a simple and yet awesome idea for a list...Crab feed....alright!
December 02, 2010
Thanks! I figured I might as well help out other Lunchers that might want to host a feed, since I was going to have to do it anyway :)
October 14, 2009
You guys call it "Crab Feed"? Weird! On the East Coast its a "Crab Boil" (well, usually at least). Either way, SO DELICIOUS. I want this whole list in front of me as we speak.
December 02, 2010
I don't know how it took me forever to see this...a year later anyone? But- yeah I've heard it called a Crab Boil and was completely clueless until I was there LOL.
August 12, 2009
Awesome list, I have always wanted to host a Crab Feed but it seemed like such a daunting task. Check out Sauvignon Blanc with the Crab... it is a pretty classic pairing.
August 12, 2009
I'll have to let you know how it goes...the funny thing is I was totally thinking Sauvignon Blanc but, I have to be sneaky with my mom, she does love her Chard! Thanks for the wine pairing!
August 06, 2009
This list is making my mouth water!  Except I want to make this crab feed into a crawfish feed! Mmmmm :D
August 06, 2009
Do it! Yummmm....
August 06, 2009
This is a good list and I can't wait to make it to your crab feed! (hint, hint)

Although, shouldn't CRABS be number 1?
August 06, 2009
haha...you are so welcome to come by, my balcony's small but, we can smoosh! I put newspapers #1 because you have to lay them out on the table in order to have the table ready to go when you come back with the crabs- see my Crabs Tip!
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