Handyman Wednesday: Purging Crawfish

Hi everyone.  Today I wanted to share with you what Jess and my steps to cooking up squeaky clean crawfish.

Chances are, if you buy live crawfish they were caught in the process of munching down on some food and that’s a good thing. If they weren’t eating, then they wouldn’t grow.  However, if you don’t “purge” your bugs before you cook them you might end up eating their last meal along with them (if you get what I mean). If you’re like me, eating the the crawfish’s waste sounds less than appetizing.  Thanks to our good friend (in our dreams) Alton Brown from Good Eats, we we able to purge the crawfish so they would be squeaky clean before we ate them.  Here’s how.

Step 1: Get an aquarium pump (20 Gallon Size) from your local pet store or Amazon.  Get the tubing and an airstone to attach to it.

Aquarium Air Hose Aquarium Air Pump Aquarium Airstone

Step 2:  Get a big cooler large enough to fit all your crawfish with several inches of water covering them.

Step 3: Connect your aeration system together and install it in the cooler.

Step 4: Rinse crawfish 3-5 times until the water is clean and clear.  GET THICK LEATHER GLOVES FOR THIS… they might be small, but their claws hurt!

Take a Bath

Step 5: Insert bugs into cooler and wait.  Make sure when you close the cooler lid you don’t pinch off the air hose.

Cooler Purge

Step 6: In water from your faucet, there is no oxygen for the crawfish to survive.  All the oxygen in the water comes from the bubbler we built.  Therefore, don’t change the water too often.  About once every 6-8 hours is plenty.

Step 7: Cook Crawfish! (Alton Brown has a custom recipe for this…we listen to Alton).  Be sure to pick out the dead ones.  We had about 5-10% die on us.

Craw and Corn

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