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OT-Crawfish question

jeffwitjeffwit Posts: 1,348
We are doing a low country boil for my son’s 16th birthday in a couple of weeks. We plan on ordering the crawfish, but all the companies only deliver on Saturday and his party is Sunday evening. How big of an issue will it be to have the bugs delivered a day before I cook them? Do I need to rethink what I’m doing?
Thanks!
Jefferson, GA
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Wife, 3 kids, 5 dogs, 4 cats, 12 chickens, 2 goats, 2 pigs. 
“Honey, we bought a farm.”

Comments

  • We had a tradition to do them in Colorado and it always fell on a Sunday. You keep them cold and damp and darkly lit and they will be fine. Just order about 20% more bugs than you think you need. Some will die. (If they float when you pour them in the boil throw them out)

    I usually just take the sack they are sent in and put them in an outside fridge or cooler on a grate with a drip pan. Then keep a cold water sprayer and wet them every few hours. 

    Theyll be fine. Enjoy! 

    "Brought to you by bourbon, bacon, and a series of questionable life decisions."

    South of Nashville, TN

  • nolan8vnolan8v Posts: 373
    Keep them in the sack and cool with ice, but not submerged in water. A large ice chest works great with the drain spout open and the lid cracked for breathing.
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  • BugFreak72BugFreak72 Posts: 76
    We had a tradition to do them in Colorado and it always fell on a Sunday. You keep them cold and damp and darkly lit and they will be fine. Just order about 20% more bugs than you think you need. Some will die. (If they float when you pour them in the boil throw them out)

    I usually just take the sack they are sent in and put them in an outside fridge or cooler on a grate with a drip pan. Then keep a cold water sprayer and wet them every few hours. 

    Theyll be fine. Enjoy! 

    Would you say the 20% extra is good in general or only adding that much if I plan to leave them sit for a day?
  • @BugFreak72 kind of a loaded question. I have hosted boils where people haven’t eaten 1/2 lb a piece and some where some coonass shows up with his family and eat 4lbs a piece. 

    Do you have big eaters that like crawfish? I typically do 2lbs per person and then add additional for time keeping or who I’m hosting. 

    You can always have a post boil shelling party. I usually break out some of the good stuff and put people to work after. Makes great etoufee or crawfish pies after. 

    "Brought to you by bourbon, bacon, and a series of questionable life decisions."

    South of Nashville, TN

  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,250
    On top of the ice, not in it. Make sure they get some air.
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

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  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,661
    @BugFreak72 kind of a loaded question. I have hosted boils where people haven’t eaten 1/2 lb a piece and some where some coonass shows up with his family and eat 4lbs a piece. 

    A proper coonass can easily eat 10lbs+ in one boil.  Down here we plan 5lbs/person, and usually are just about right.

    2lbs/person outside of southern LA sounds about right, depending on the crowd.  Less if they are rookies.
    NOLA
  • GrillSgt said:
    On top of the ice, not in it. Make sure they get some air.
    Oh yeah if I didn’t clarify...don’t submerge them in ice! 

    @buzd504 I would never invite a proper coonass to a boil. My pockets aren’t that deep.  =)

    "Brought to you by bourbon, bacon, and a series of questionable life decisions."

    South of Nashville, TN

  • TideEggHeadTideEggHead Posts: 614
    +1 on all the advice given! We have kept them in a pre chilled cooler with the lid and plug open with a wet towel over the sack for 6-8 hours with no problems, just spray them down every once in a while. Post some pictures of the boil!
    LBGE
    SC AL
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,047
    Keep em cool...don’t eat any with a straight tail after they’re cooked since that indicates they were dead when they hit the boil.   When you spray em make it a mist not a strong pressure stream.  Enjoy!!!  Last boil I ate too many...walked backwards for a week. 
    Temple, TX   XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,661
    SSQUAL612 said:
    Keep em cool...don’t eat any with a straight tail after they’re cooked since that indicates they were dead when they hit the boil.  
    For those that don't know, there isn't really any risk in eating the ones with the straight tail.  You *might* get some off flavors, but I've eaten many with no other ill effects.  Don't toss perfectly good crawfish because you think it might have a straight tail.
    NOLA
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,047
    buzd504 said:
    SSQUAL612 said:
    Keep em cool...don’t eat any with a straight tail after they’re cooked since that indicates they were dead when they hit the boil.  
    For those that don't know, there isn't really any risk in eating the ones with the straight tail.  You *might* get some off flavors, but I've eaten many with no other ill effects.  Don't toss perfectly good crawfish because you think it might have a straight tail.
    Just eat em all...what doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger.   Guess the old myth was just that.  

    https://www.quora.com/What-happens-if-you-eat-a-dead-crawfish
    Temple, TX   XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,661
    SSQUAL612 said:
    buzd504 said:
    SSQUAL612 said:
    Keep em cool...don’t eat any with a straight tail after they’re cooked since that indicates they were dead when they hit the boil.  
    For those that don't know, there isn't really any risk in eating the ones with the straight tail.  You *might* get some off flavors, but I've eaten many with no other ill effects.  Don't toss perfectly good crawfish because you think it might have a straight tail.
    Just eat em all...what doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger.   Guess the old myth was just that.  

    https://www.quora.com/What-happens-if-you-eat-a-dead-crawfish
    I'd eat both of those.  If the color is right and the shell is firm and intact, I'll usually eat it.  Like I said, occasionally you will get one that tastes really bad, but a few more good ones will take care of that.
    NOLA
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 6,183
    Be sure to wash them off before dropping in the boil.  My neighbor did not and got everyone sick......except for me - I think I have a billy goat's stomach.

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  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,047
    buzd504 said:
    SSQUAL612 said:
    buzd504 said:
    SSQUAL612 said:
    Keep em cool...don’t eat any with a straight tail after they’re cooked since that indicates they were dead when they hit the boil.  
    For those that don't know, there isn't really any risk in eating the ones with the straight tail.  You *might* get some off flavors, but I've eaten many with no other ill effects.  Don't toss perfectly good crawfish because you think it might have a straight tail.
    Just eat em all...what doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger.   Guess the old myth was just that.  

    https://www.quora.com/What-happens-if-you-eat-a-dead-crawfish
    I'd eat both of those.  If the color is right and the shell is firm and intact, I'll usually eat it.  Like I said, occasionally you will get one that tastes really bad, but a few more good ones will take care of that.
    Wash em down with Abita Turbo Dog and it's all good.  
    Temple, TX   XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,661
    SSQUAL612 said:
    buzd504 said:
    SSQUAL612 said:
    buzd504 said:
    SSQUAL612 said:
    Keep em cool...don’t eat any with a straight tail after they’re cooked since that indicates they were dead when they hit the boil.  
    For those that don't know, there isn't really any risk in eating the ones with the straight tail.  You *might* get some off flavors, but I've eaten many with no other ill effects.  Don't toss perfectly good crawfish because you think it might have a straight tail.
    Just eat em all...what doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger.   Guess the old myth was just that.  

    https://www.quora.com/What-happens-if-you-eat-a-dead-crawfish
    I'd eat both of those.  If the color is right and the shell is firm and intact, I'll usually eat it.  Like I said, occasionally you will get one that tastes really bad, but a few more good ones will take care of that.
    Wash em down with Abita Turbo Dog and it's all good.  
    Not a big fan of Abita.  Would much prefer selections from Urban South, Parish, or some of NOLA's recent productions.
    NOLA
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,047
    buzd504 said:
    SSQUAL612 said:
    buzd504 said:
    SSQUAL612 said:
    buzd504 said:
    SSQUAL612 said:
    Keep em cool...don’t eat any with a straight tail after they’re cooked since that indicates they were dead when they hit the boil.  
    For those that don't know, there isn't really any risk in eating the ones with the straight tail.  You *might* get some off flavors, but I've eaten many with no other ill effects.  Don't toss perfectly good crawfish because you think it might have a straight tail.
    Just eat em all...what doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger.   Guess the old myth was just that.  

    https://www.quora.com/What-happens-if-you-eat-a-dead-crawfish
    I'd eat both of those.  If the color is right and the shell is firm and intact, I'll usually eat it.  Like I said, occasionally you will get one that tastes really bad, but a few more good ones will take care of that.
    Wash em down with Abita Turbo Dog and it's all good.  
    Not a big fan of Abita.  Would much prefer selections from Urban South, Parish, or some of NOLA's recent productions.

    Temple, TX   XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,110
    Are crawfish the same thing as crayfish?
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,047
    Are crawfish the same thing as crayfish?
    Yes...it's okay for a crawfish to be cray, but avoid a cray cray woman.
    Temple, TX   XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 28,188
    This morning....
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  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 3,883
    This morning....
    Very jealous.  I wish I could just go pick some up on a whim.
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  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 6,183
    edited April 19
    Mmmmmmmm......butter.

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  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,661
    Are crawfish the same thing as crayfish?
    Plan on 2lb/person if you get crayfish, and 5lb/person if you get crawfish.
    NOLA
  • jeffwitjeffwit Posts: 1,348
    What about crawdads?
    Jefferson, GA
    XL BGE, MM, Things to flip meat over and stuff
    Wife, 3 kids, 5 dogs, 4 cats, 12 chickens, 2 goats, 2 pigs. 
    “Honey, we bought a farm.”
  • Sea2SkiSea2Ski Posts: 2,918
    jeffwit said:
    What about crawdads?
    They are good for smallmouth fishing. 
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  • BugFreak72BugFreak72 Posts: 76
    @BugFreak72 kind of a loaded question. I have hosted boils where people haven’t eaten 1/2 lb a piece and some where some coonass shows up with his family and eat 4lbs a piece. 

    Do you have big eaters that like crawfish? I typically do 2lbs per person and then add additional for time keeping or who I’m hosting. 

    You can always have a post boil shelling party. I usually break out some of the good stuff and put people to work after. Makes great etoufee or crawfish pies after. 


    I was assuming you meant add 20% because enough would die during transport but I take it that isn't a problem.
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 9,110
    Are mountain lobsters the same as mountain oysters?
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • ThapcoThapco Posts: 13
    Just call them mudbugs and you know you got the right thing
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