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How to Crack Into a Crab
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1. Remove the two large pincher claws by breaking them off at the body. Set them aside for cracking and removing the meat later. 2. Hold the crab in one hand and lift up one point to remove the top shell.
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3. Cut off the ‘face’ of the crab where it joins the lower shell and remove the internal organs by scraping them out with a knife. It is not necessary to wash the crab at this point. 4. Make a straight cut from the back to the front of the crab, just above the leg joints. This cut is important; be sure to make it deeply enough. Repeat the procedure for the other side of the crab. Set the two pieces removed aside.
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5. Cut off (do not pull off) the remaining legs where they join the body. It is advisable to keep the thumb pressed securely over the backfin meat when making these cuts. Note where the flat, paddled-shaped swim fin or backfin is attached to the body. 6. Locate the large chunk of white muscle on either side of the body of the crab (the ‘backfin’ or ‘lump’ meat) and remove it with the knife. (This muscle is located where the backfin was attached.)
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