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Cooking:
To cook the crabs, fill a large pot with salty boiling water. The crabs should be completely in the water with about 4 inches of water above them. For each gallon of water, use half a cup of salt. Large crab should be cooked for 15 to 20 minutes. Smaller ones can be cooked in as little as ten minutes.

Cleaning:
If the crabs are still hot, you should wear rubber gloves while cleaning to avoid getting burned. Hold the base of the crab and pull the shell away to remove the back of the crab. Next, pull off the triangular section located on the underside of the crab. After doing this, turn over the crab and remove the gills on both sides by scraping. There is also an intestine running down the back that will need to be removed. The yellow organs in the cavity can either be thrown away or put aside for eating. Next, twist off the legs and rinse the remainder of the body in cold water. That's it, once all these steps are followed it's time to eat the crab!

Wheeler on the Bay Lodge has their own way of cooking and cleaning crab. They suggest cleaning the crab first by holding the base of the crab and pull the shell away to remove the back of the crab. Next, pull off the triangular section located on the underside of the crab. After doing this, turn over the crab and remove the gills on both sides by scraping. There is also an intestine running down the back that will need to be removed. Throw away the yellow organs in the cavity. To cook, fill a large pot with salty boiling water. The crabs should be completely in the water with about 1 inch of water above them. For each gallon of water, use half a cup of rock/sea salt. Once the water is boiling put the crab in. After the water starts boiling again cook them for 8 to 10 minutes. The crab will have a much sweeter taste if you clean it first.

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