I don't remember exactly who taught me how to do this, and chances are it was probably a group effort on the part of my crab-lovin' uncles, but I have to say, I think I'm pretty darn good at picking crabs. So I thought it 'd be fun to do a little "how-to" today and show you my method. I'm sure it's not the only method, but for me, it's the best. Check it out...
|Gather the goods.|
|Stare down your dinner.|
|Begin: tear off the claws, set aside for later.|
|Tear off the legs, making sure to check for meat on the ends.|
|Lift the flap that runs down the back of the crab and tear it off - this creates a hole in the top.|
|Using the space you just created, use your thumbs to tear the shell off the crab.|
|Use a knife to scrape out the gills, intestines, green stuff, etc.|
|Once it's cleaned up, cut or break the crab in half.|
|Open up each half and proceed to pick out every morsel of that glorious meat.|
|Best food ever.|
|Eat every tiny piece of meat that you can find, savoring every bite.|
|Once you're done with the back fin, go back for the claws. Crack them open and eat.|
|Sometimes you can pull the "fingers" apart to reveal the meat in one fell swoop...|
Happy crab-picking, friends!