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  1. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    Portlander John Brennan, a sales manager for a local chemical company who lived in Louisiana for a number of years, holds an annual crawfish boil for 150 to 200 people in his backyard. He has 150 pounds of crawfish shipped from Louisiana the first weekemilnd in June.

    If he had really lived in Louisiana he would know that there ain't no way 150 pounds is going to feed 150-200 people. About 80 to 85% of the weight of a crawfish is in the head, which you suck but don't eat. One pound or less of crawfish per person is not even a decent snack. Probably not.
     
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    12 years straight. I volunteer every year. Take 50 lbs home after. Set a world record couple years back. We only did 25000 lbs this year though. Takes 8 months just to plan it. Good times.
     
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    Bengal B Founding Member

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    How many boiling apparatuses (or is it apparati) do they use. There is a guy that owns a seafood market and restaurant nearby. He lives in my neighborhood and I have seen 5 boiling trailers in his back yard.
     
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    Go Forest go! :p
     
  5. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    Purging or not? I don't purge crawfish but lots of people do. When I open a sack if they look muddy I wash them without salt but if they are clean I just dump them in the boiling pot.
     
  6. KyleK

    KyleK Who, me? Staff Member

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    Purging has been proven to be ineffective. The only way to clean the poop chute is to keep them in clean water for a week. Washing, sure. Purging...waste of time.
     
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    But isn't that purging? And I agree with the method and that a week is longer than over night, but that is purging, no?
     
  8. KyleK

    KyleK Who, me? Staff Member

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    Well, yes. Technically, keeping them in clean, filtered, recirculating water is purging.

    Purging as we all know it...30 min to an hour before boiling does no good. Wash them, sure. But you are not gonna get their guts c leaned out in 30 min.
     
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    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    Consider it presalting.
     

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