Why are my crab leg shells soft?

Why are my crab leg shells soft?

Why some crab legs, snow, as well as, blue or dungeness crab legs may be softer due to being caught shortly after the molting stage. When crabs molt, they shed their shells completely by backing out of their existing shells. ... If you do get crabs like these all you can do is use crab scissors and cut through them.

What does it mean when crab meat is mushy?

Registered. From my experience there are two things that cause crab meat to become mushy. Either the crabs were over cooked or the crabs died and the bacteria began breaking the meat down prior to steaming.

How long should you boil crab?

One at a time, grasp crabs as described above and plunge them headfirst into the boiling water; if you have too much water, ladle out excess and discard. Cover pan and start timing. When water resumes boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 1 1/2- to 2 1/2-pound crabs 15 minutes, 3-pound crabs about 20 minutes.

How do you clean crabs at home?

Cleaning Crab

  1. Blanch in boiling water for 60 seconds; chill quickly. If using live crab, kill it before cleaning. ...
  2. Pry off the shell; remove anything that's not meat. Pry the shell off, pulling from the back of the crab first. ...
  3. Rinse; pry off abdomen. ...
  4. Cut into quarters; keep cold until needed.

Do crabs die when you freeze them?

You should never freeze blue crabs or any other crabs while it's still alive. Freezing them will cause them to die.