The task of getting an unforgettable culinary treat from its source to your table can be very difficult, but is certainly always worth the effort. No less is true for crabs, which are one of the tastiest wonder of the waters.
Crabs are mysterious creatures. With their large threatening pincers, spiny legs and body shell, they look like sinister alien invaders straight out of a sci-fi movie. Mother Nature certainly knows best when she designed the crab with a hard spiny shell that conceals and protects the luscious sinfully rich meat beneath whose slightly sweet taste is difficult to describe.
Despite its scary appearance, crabs have become such a popular delicacy that special culinary tools have been designed to safely and quickly crack their hard shells and make a crab feast more enjoyable. Crab cracker size is not standard because it is dependent on the design made on the tool itself. For instance, there are crab crackers that come with handles looking like crab claws and ones that are ergonomically straightforward in design with simple soft grip handles. However, crab cracker size is always tailor made to fit the grip of any adult hand. On the average, the handles of crab crackers range from 6.5 to 7.5 inches to allow sufficient leverage for easy shell cracking.
Also known as a lobster cracker, this special table tool looks and functions just like a nutcracker. The inner side of the business end of the tool is serrated with a slightly wide opening near the point where the jaws of the crab cracker meet. This allows the tool to firmly grip the slippery shell and prevent the jaws of the crab cracker from crushing the meat when it breaks the shell open. Regardless of crab cracker size, these culinary tools are typically made of rust resistant stainless steel, lightweight aluminum metal or heavy-duty plastic that are usually colored red that associates these with the appetizing color of freshly steamed or boiled crabs, lobsters and other seafood.
Once regarded as a feast for the elite in ancient China, crabmeat can be made into omelets, crab cakes, salads and soups. However, this seafood delight is best enjoyed when boiled alive in salty water for about ten minutes or steamed from fifteen to eighteen minutes. Once cooked, nothing beats the pleasure of eating these tasty treats with your fingers while dipping them in melted herbed butter or light soy sauce oil. However, bleeding fingers cut or pricked by sharp edges and protective spines of these sea creatures can quickly ruin an otherwise heavenly culinary experience. At this point, it is advisable for you to grab any crab cracker size with matching crab fork to help your taste buds celebrate your seafood feast.