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bowhunter 51
06-24-2009, 11:19 PM
Our Mississippi river bottoms flood each spring, the result of snow melt
from up north and betwix the rockies & the smokies....as the flood water
recedes to side ditches, oxbow lakes & slough, we start catch'n crawdads,
(crayfish, crawfish, whatever)....easy to prepare, purge 'em in saltwater,
and/or fresh water......change the water repeatedly until they are clean
inside and out....keep 'em alive till they hit the boiling water...boil 8 to 10
minutes...I like to use creole seasoning in my boiling water....They about
like mini-lobster, eat like shrimp...caught some up today...thought I'd
share the experience...My wife says, "Ewe!"...hot sauce...good eat'n..BH51..

jesusgecko
06-25-2009, 01:36 AM
That's just mean. Not the putting in boiling water - but reminding me of the fact they exist!!! Boy do I want some now!!!

22hornet
06-25-2009, 05:47 AM
Nice eating! :food04: And if your wife doesn't like them, so what? All the more for yourself!

Looking at that photo brings back some memories.
I used to take off for the weekend with a few mates and we would set the net for yabbies, same as your crawdads, get a whole bucket of 'em and cook them in a huge wok over the camp fire. Sit around all night eating yabbies and drinking beer and telling stories. Gee I miss it.

LvrLover
06-25-2009, 11:33 PM
Now add some corn and potatoes and onions in the pot and we'll have a real feast.

bowhunter 51
06-25-2009, 11:36 PM
Yabbies, hey....Ha,ha ...ha........tis' fitting.....Yea, hornet....It's sometimes
surprizing the similarities our cultures share, dispite the distance....
Comforting, in a way.....I didn't know ya'll had " yabbies"......don't know
how widespread they are here in the states...as for the wife, well....she's
not one to even try to eat wild stuff....she's a very picky eater...........BH51..

M. R. Byrd
06-25-2009, 11:46 PM
Gotta have water for crawdads, so none here in Dodge. All we have is mountain oysters.:)

bowhunter 51
06-25-2009, 11:58 PM
Now add some corn and potatoes and onions in the pot and we'll have a real feast.

Funny you should mention that, Lvr...that thought exactly crossed my
my mind, as I woop't them up...thing was, I was thinking more on
the lines of a quick snack at the time....ha, ha...yea,....I really didn't set out
to catch any crawdads...I just happened up on them, cut me a cane pole &
tied a bit of bologna on a string...took about 15 min. to catch up this small
mess...Alot of people will catch 'em up by the bucket-full, but I don't like
ta do that cause alot die before ya get'em home, and they cook-up
mushy like that...I don't care for mushy....I like 'em firm.......................BH51..

bowhunter 51
06-26-2009, 12:03 AM
Gotta have water for crawdads, so none here in Dodge. All we have is mountain oysters.:)

:MOGRIN: ha, ha, ha, ....ha...mountain oysters....I feel ya............BH51...

jesusgecko
06-26-2009, 12:50 AM
How big do your "crawdad" get? Apparently there is one area not too far away where koura (our version) get to about 12 - 14 inches!!! Anywhere else though they are MUCH smaller.

Toyed with the idea of putting the tails in a cheese sauce, then chucking in a pie I have to say. Works a treat on prawns, so why wouldn't it work on the next step up?

rockinbbar
06-26-2009, 05:46 AM
jg,

I've seen & eaten crawdads that big before. They were in Mexico, and we used to have them for a meal at our bass lodge down there.

When they get that size, they are excellent split right down the middle then grilled over an open fire & served with drawn butter, like lobster.

Mmmmm..>>I could use some now! :D

Barry

22hornet
06-26-2009, 07:55 AM
jg,


When they get that size, they are excellent split right down the middle then grilled over an open fire & served with drawn butter, like lobster.



Yep, cooked with garlic butter or even sweet chilli sauce!

gitano
06-28-2009, 10:26 AM
You guys are killin' me!

Crawdads - precooked and frozen - are $8/lb up here. I was in such a state once, I bought some. Tasted like wet cardboard.

I love fresh crawdads. When I was a kid, I'd go down to the nearest ditch with a stick, a string, some bacon, and a small landing net. I could get them to hold on to the bacon if I didn't pull them above the surface of the water. I'd raise them to just under the water's surface, slip the landing net under them, lift them out of hte water, and they'd drop into the net. When I had as many as I could catch outta that ditch, I take em' home and feast.

Paul

LvrLover
06-28-2009, 12:41 PM
Thats about how we did it here as kids too, Paul.

Antler3
06-29-2009, 01:32 PM
Yum yum !! Our annual "Crawdad Days" (Fesitval) happens in May each year. Carnival, car show, crafts, live bands and always the crawdad dinners. Boiled with potatoes and corn on the cobb ! Yessiree ! Can't beat them crawpappies !

drinksgin (deceased)
07-06-2009, 02:39 PM
One at a time on a string, 20-30 at a time with a piece of board tied across a rake, buckets full at a time with a 20' minnow seine or dozens at a time in traps, broiled, boiled, peeled, mealed and fried or served cold in a salad:D!
Likely the 12-14 " ones Barry was talking about in Mexico are the same as or close to the spinney prawn and Rio Grande shrimp which was common in the rivers that drain into the gulf, backwater dams close to the mouths of the rivers cut off their spawning areas and removed most of them.
The irrigation canals in South Texas still have a lot and the river below Falcon lake has some.
I have caught some of the prawns that had a body and head 12" long with 10-12" long skinny claws.
I have caught the shrimp up to 16" with 20 " skinny claws, it weighed almost 2 lb.
Texas Parks and Wildlife report the shrimp getting up to 5 lb. in captivity.
The prawn and shrimp both have a head longer than the tail, whereas real shrimp have the head shorter than the tail.
Last month I bought a book from A&M press that is about Texas crawfish, lists and shows photos of 42 species.
Maynard, I understand all the states except Alaska have crawfish, put a trap in a creek, lake or even stock tank and you may be very surprised at what you catch.
Some species of crawfish are resident in dry lands, live in holes and depend on rain for water.
Many places when the borrow ditches dry up, the bottom is covered in miniature castles where the crawfish have deepened their holes while waiting for a rain.
This is crawfish season a 30lb sack is $1.25 a pound and up, depending where you buy it.

M. R. Byrd
07-06-2009, 03:00 PM
Maynard, I understand all the states except Alaska have crawfish, put a trap in a creek, lake or even stock tank and you may be very surprised at what you catch.


Here in Kansas, the Arkansas River is listed as a navigable stream and is has all the privileges of such. It is navigable by boat(as long as they have wheels under them capable of travel in dry sand). Loved the sign that someone posted on the river bridge here in Dodge, "No Fishing From The Bridge." I think the city fathers must not have liked it and had it removed. Had some visitors from Germany and when I announced that we were going over the Arkansas River, they had a puzzled look and said, "Strange country you have here, in Germany our rivers have water in them."

There a few and very few places for crawdads around Dodge. If you are in Dodge, we will get some and you can show me the finer points of cooking. I would love to try them, just don't know about sucking the heads.

drinksgin (deceased)
07-06-2009, 08:37 PM
Maynard, sucking the fat out of the heads is a cajun aberation, real people do not do that!.
Just go over to the area about the Miss, you should be able to find some crawfish to buy.
I still think you have some there!
Buying crawfish is not a good deal, 10 pounds of live crawfish yields only 1 lb of tail meat.
Shrimp yield about 6 lb of meat for 10 lb of whole shrimp
Blue crab is the only one which is about as bad as crawfish, 2 lb per 10 lb live weight.

jesusgecko
07-07-2009, 12:40 AM
drinksgin - I reckon there is more flavour in the head and body than the tail!!! I'm guessing you wouldn't eat huhu grubs if you were here either in that case :COOLdude:

The only shrimp we get over these ways are clear ones about an inch long at the most. Don't even know if they are eddible.

bowhunter 51
07-07-2009, 08:13 AM
Yea,...I just eat the tails,.....if'n it wasn't for the fact that they are plentiful
here, ...I wouldn't fool with them, tasty as they are....I wouldn't purchase
them for half those prices per pound...as far as the head area, autopsies
reveal nothin' I wanna ingest...I'd rather eat a huhu:D ........................BH51..

drinksgin (deceased)
07-07-2009, 10:43 AM
In looking up the various crawfish, I can understand why the Ozies like theirs, one species there is supposed to get to 8lb.
That would make a pot of gumbo!

davidlt89
07-07-2009, 08:32 PM
I understand all the states except Alaska have crawfish, put a trap in a creek, lake or even stock tank and you may be very surprised at what you catch.


Well now, I have not seen one of these critters yet. Unless it is what we call a cray fish, looks similar but I don't think they are the same.
I am also going to be the oddball here and say I would not put one of those things in my mouth for anything. I don't even think I could touch them:D . I would much rather eat a bowl of chicken livers:D !!

drinksgin (deceased)
07-07-2009, 11:08 PM
David, as a Mainer[or is it Mainiac] I would expect you to be more receptive to the fresh water cousin of the Atlantic lobster.
You DO eat lobster, don't you?
I find crawfish, crayfish, same thing, more delicately flavored than lobster, YMMV.

jesusgecko
07-08-2009, 12:38 AM
mmmmmmmmmm.....huhu grub.....

davidlt89
07-08-2009, 06:23 AM
Don,
I do eat lobster, but I live in Northern maine and they cost an arm and a leg up here, so I do not dine on them to much, maybe once a year. But there is something about the crayfish up here that just does not trip my trigger. when I say I cannot even touch them, I am being serious. I have no doubt they may taste good, but the look just turns me off for some reason. But, you never know!!!! I won't say I will never eat them, because I don't know what the future holds. But I was also serious when I said I would rather have a bowl of chicken livers, I could eat those by the pound. God Bless.

bowhunter 51
07-08-2009, 09:16 AM
mmmmmmmmmm.....huhu grub.....

:MOGRIN: I stand corrected......................................... ................BH51....

22hornet
07-08-2009, 07:01 PM
mmmmmmmmmm.....huhu grub.....

Is that a witchity grub?

jesusgecko
07-09-2009, 02:05 AM
In a roundabout way, yes. The difference is yours turn into moths, where ours turn into nasty beetles of about 6 - 7 inches long. Our grubs aren't as big though.

Antler3
07-21-2009, 05:10 PM
EWWWW ! I can eat craw dads but don't think I could eat a grub .... maybe before I starved I would but not because I wanted too ewwww eeeee ...... nasty looking. Do you eat those jesusgecko ????

jesusgecko
07-21-2009, 07:58 PM
I'll eat them fried or barbecued, but there are a lot of ******** types that eat them live. Taste like chicken skin.

TackyDriver
07-30-2009, 04:05 AM
All this talk about giant crawdads, kouras, langosta, etc., is making me hungry. Mazatlan, Mexico is shrimp city. They serve a dish that translates to "Devils on Horseback". They get huge Black Tiger Prawns that are a little bit smaller than 8 inches. After cleaning, beheading and deveining, they slice the tails along the belly side. Then they insert Chihuahua Cheese inside and then wrap the whole thing in bacon. Throw them onto the grill. They're done when the cheese begins to ooze out between the bacon seams. Three of those puppies will keep you full until next Tuesday.

It doesn't sound like a stretch to adapt this recipe to the larger examples you all have been mentioning. Chihuahua Cheese is like Monterey Jack only nuttier tasting. I did have the nerve to ask a waiter how they got people to milk Chihuahuas for the cheese. He patiently explained that it was just cheese from the state of Chihuahua. I didn't have the heart to tell him that I was pulling his leg so I just told him I was Canadian. DavidT89, would you eat crawdads if they were fed chicken livers?

gitano
07-30-2009, 11:20 AM
so I just told him I was Canadian.
:MOGRIN:

Paul

noel
08-01-2009, 07:25 AM
hey Tacky;that was a mean thing to say,although it could be a step up for ya!:nana:

TackyDriver
08-02-2009, 07:49 PM
hey Tacky;that was a mean thing to say,although it could be a step up for ya!:nana:
No Doubt. To stay in shape, I chin myself on the curb. I always tell myself that if you're scraping the bottom of the barrel, it shows you have depth. There're are a lot Canuck expats/snowbirds down there and we're not above a little mutual ribbing. At any rate, there's no sense getting crabby over some crawdads. I really felt the pinch.:grin:

drinksgin (deceased)
08-02-2009, 10:25 PM
E gads, how many missed the punt?
I really need to get a fresh start!

gitano
08-02-2009, 11:58 PM
:MOGRIN:

You're a funny guy, TD!

Paul

noel
08-03-2009, 07:00 AM
I couldn't let it slip by or somebody would think I wasn't paying attention! be careful of those curbs,they'll wear your skin thin.:biggthumpup: