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02-14-2006, 11:01 PM
Anyone here on the board familiar with eating spider crabs? There is a massive collection of them in the spring in RI waters. Just curious. I have found some info about eating them, but it always seems to come from foreign countries, ie. England, etc. so I think they may be referring to something different species wise.
02-15-2006, 09:30 AM
I have read that they're actually kind of tasty if you prepare them right. Never eaten them myself, though O:
02-15-2006, 10:02 AM
I tried cooking a few once. They couldn't have been too good because I haven'thad the urge to repeat it. I can remember the meat being a brownish color??? No harm in trying though.
02-15-2006, 02:42 PM
i didnt think anything ate them thats why there are so many. they are just a bit to ugly for me to eat
02-15-2006, 04:51 PM
There doesn't seem to be a whole lot to them. See them a lot in Vineyard Sound but they don't make me hungry looking at them the way oysters and welchs do.
02-16-2006, 08:50 AM
Here in NJ we have swarms of em in the summer but I have never heard of anybody eating them. I thought they were inedible but that probable doesn't make too much sense.
02-17-2006, 08:50 AM
If they are like the ones in south Florida their legs probably dont contain much meat so I guess you'd have to look in the carapace. They always seem to creepy to eat but they sure are strong.
Too creepy. I second that. Its always in the early spring I'll be swiming around a rock in Buzzard's Bay - looking for my first Togg and I'll come face to face with one of these beast- ugly bastard.
02-24-2006, 06:31 PM
I've tried 'em . . . if you like to eat crabby guts, their carpace is sure full of 'em. The legs, as has been said, have a disappointingly small amount of flesh in them.
Unless somebody can tell me that leg meat is as sweet as rock crab or lump... I may have to pass. Bcs - after all these years - I am choking down bugs. I can't wait untill scallop season to get me through untill the fish are back!
Fu*K enough of the snow. I have had it of this piss ass winter - lets move on!
02-24-2006, 08:00 PM
Generally speaking, where do you see scallops? I have never seen one in RI, but plenty in the cape. I'm not looking for you to draw me a map, just name a state.
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