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In celebration of my wifes birthday party, and my step daughters birthday we held a happy birthday get-together for both of them this weekend.

The plans started Tuesday of last week when my wife and I reserved 70 pounds of crawfish at the local meat market.

Thursday my wife and I went to the local grocery store to pick up some supplies for the weekend, and for a mylar bag project I am working on. We bought of crawfish boil spice, AAA energizer lithium batteries, powered pancake mix, sausage links, potato salad (red skin), boudain,,,, and a few other supplies

Friday night we had a friend of the family and her 2 kids spend the night with us. Her husband is serving in Afghanistan. It was nice to visit with her and just talk about life, kids, and just life in general. Our friend was passing through, and does not get to eat crawfish very often. So my wife and I invited her to spend the night and to join the celebrations Saturday.

Bright and early saturday morning my wife and I went to meat market, got the crawfish, got some ice, another propane cylinder, went back home and started setting everything up.


At 11:00 I fired up the crawfish burner, put the water on, and 1.5 bags of crawfish boil spice in the pot. About 20 minutes later the water was boiling, and the first batch of crawfish was put in.

For the second and third batches of crawfish the remaining 1/2 a bag of spice was added.

For the fourth and fifth batches, a whole bag of spice was added. After eating some mudbugs later, I think the fourth and fifth batches turned out the best. They were not hot enough to leave a burning sensation on your lips, but hot enough so you could deferential taste it.

I usually let the water get back to a rolling boil and leave the crawfish in the water for another 10 minutes. Crawfish, like a lot of shell fish call all kinds of bacteria and parasites. I figure 10 minutes in a rolling boil should be good to kill anything the crawfish are carrying.



At around 12 our guest started showing up. The first batch of crawfish had been pulled out and the second batch was in the pot by noon.

My wife wanted some boiled shrimp. After the first batch of crawfish, I dumped a couple of pound of pre-cooked shrimp into the pot and boiled them for 10 minutes.

By the time all of the crawfish had been boiled, 2 hours had passed, and I had cooked 5 basket loads. Now it was time to eat.

While everyone else had been eating, I had been cooking. So it my time to chow down. Instead of paper plates, we had plastic platters that are about 18 inches across and 1 /2 inches deep. Eating crawfish off paper plates is a futile effort. With crawfish you need a real plate so those mudbugs can be stacked deep.



Besides the crawfish, we also cooked sausage links, hot dogs (for the kids), and boudain on the grill. For side dishes, we had chip, dip, pickles,,,, just all kinds of good stuff.

For her birthday, I got my wife a new lens for her canon camera – a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III to be exact.

Somewhere around 1:30 or so my dad, mom, nephew, uncle, and my uncles soon to be wife showed up. My daughter was with my nephew – they had gone 4-wheeler riding Friday night and had spent the night at the camp with my mom and dad.

My dad had gone Turkey hunting Saturday morning and did not get back to the camp until about noon, so they were running a little late getting to the party. After the rest of my family arrived, my dad must have finished off 2 platters of crawfish, my nephew got a yard hammock out of truck, set it up and took a nap.

Somewhere around 6pm or 6:30pm we decided to shut everything down. The plates were rounded up, the last of the food was put up, ice chest was brought inside and the chairs were put up. Everyone seemed to have a good time. One thing is for sure, nobody left hungry.
 

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Lucky, stupid weather changes doesn't have them up yet. I've got 4 traps out and haven't caught the first one.
 

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Well done sir! You need a bigger pot and burner though.

Not going to nit pick your cooking even though I used to be the second best Cajun chef in Louisiana.:thumb:
 

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I've never had crawfish before. How do you eat them? Do you eat the tail or what?
You pinch the tail and twist the carapace; removing the tail. The shell of the tail splits in half usually. Some people suck the guts out of the head and the claws if big enough.

I don't really care for them though will eat some if offered.
 

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Ah, as a child of louisiana all I can say kev is, make them more spicy. I love me some crawfish
 

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Damn Kev.


Damn.


I'm way way too land locked up in IL. Picked up the crawdads and they are still alive?

Damn Kev.

Well done sir.
We had surprising warm weather in Northern IL today, the kids brought our grandkids over. I did the Northern IL burger and brats on the grill. I thought I had a little slice of heaven going, grilling, cold beer in hand, no winter coat needed...

then I see your post and video.

Damn Kev. Well done sir, well done.
 

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Don't forget to add some onions, corn and andouille sausage into the boil. I'm so jealous, we havent got to boil yet this year but it is coming soon.
 

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I've never had crawfish before. How do you eat them? Do you eat the tail or what?
Eat the tails like you would a shrimp... suck the heads. Potatoes, corn on the cob,.. cold beer.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Make some great dishes with any leftover meat... if any. lol

Looks good, Kev!
 

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Well done sir! You need a bigger pot and burner though.
Bigger post - yea, maybe so. Its only like a 42 quart pot.

Burner - its the biggest that academy sports and outdoors had.

I forgot to add mushrooms, and we needed more corn and potatoes. Something I used to do - take a whole onion, cut it into chunks and put it in with the crawfish. I like cooked onions, and the spice made them really good. Dont slice the onion, cut it into chunks and throw them into the pot.
 
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