Aside from the 200lbs of crawfish, these are your important items... Now let's get to the really important items!
Go to your seafood market to make the purchase of the live crawfish. Each sack weighs 35lbs and there should be a lot of movement within the sacks... That means they are fresh and that is important!
Be sure to rinse each sack very well to get any residual mud off the crawfish.
It is important to keep the crawfish fresh, so get a lot of ice until you are ready for the boil.
Getting ready for the first pot of crawfish... Guess what? Its time to rinse again..
Flip the sack and.... Rinse again
As you rinse the crawfish, begin to fill your pot with water just a bit less than 1/2 way. Bring your pot to the fire adding a big bag of seasoning, boil bag, crab boil liquid and a lot of lemons.
Back to the crawfish... After a lot of rinsing... Open the sack and put the crawfish into your rope bucket. Add water and 1/3 of a box of salt. This helps purge the crawfish...
Drain and repeat...
Repeat the purge step again... There's a lot of rinsing and purging when you put on a crawfish boil.
Rinse again and drain one last time...
The crawfish are ready for the boil.
With crawfish rinsed & purged and the pot rolling with a big boil, it is time to begin.
Lift your crawfish into the boil
Slowly... Very slowly lower the crawfish into the pot.
Slow until they are fully submerged...
Cook the crawfish until the pot begins to boil again. As soon as it rages into a boiling pot, shut off your fire and let the pot sit for 10 minutes.
When the time is up, slowly open the lid and pull the crawfish out of the pot. Pour the crawfish onto a table and....
You are ready for a feast!!!
Key Reminders: -Thoroughly Rinse & Purge the Crawfish -Don't Eat Straight Tailed Cooked Crawfish -It's OK to Dust the Cooked Crawfish With Additional Seasoning if Needed -Don't Over Cook the Crawfish
Crawfish Add Ons into the Boil Pot -Frozen Corn -Mushroom -Garlic -Sausage -Onions -Potatoes -Quite Honestly... Anything Else You Want!
There's a lot of Crawfish Experts. Listen to all the cooking tips, but do it the way you want and have fun!