Small crabs are an excellent source of food near the ocean. They're easy to catch, plentiful, and simple to cook. In this article I'll go into a bit more detail in order to answer a few questions, including the "did you have a tough time with those crab shells" quesiton.
We've all seen videos of the big commercial crabbing rigs hauling out monster crabs in the Pacific, but for most people, that isn't an option. The little guys hide under rocks during low tide. By flipping over rocks you can easily locate crabs. It takes some patience, and a good eye. Crabs often rely on their camouflage skills to hide from prey, and their biggest defense (other than to run) is to stay still. Tidal pools often hold slightly larger crabs. As a rule of thumb; the closer you get to the water, the "bigger" the crabs.
Crabs are easy to cook. You can roast them over hot coals, or boil them (similar to how mid-westerners cook crawdads). You know they're ready when their shells turn a bright red.
Since episode 5 of ALONE I have been asked how I ate the crabs. For those of you know don't know, there's another popular survival themed show where the "survivalists" have a difficult time passing (or more blatantly, crappin' out) the crab shells. I figured this could be an issue, so I peeled off as much of the shell as possible before eating. I would pop off the top and bottom portions of the primary shell, toss them into the ocean, and eat the rest like a potato chip. Maybe it was this method, or maybe it was the fact that my body has been handling large quantities of indigestible corn for 22 years, but they came out just fine.
Maybe that's too much information, but I figured I should keep it real with you guys!
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Sam is a writer, adventurer, and founder of Woodsong. In 2011 his practical experiences over many nights in remote wilderness areas inspired him to start this blog! Sam’s adventures have lead him throughout North America where he has had the opportunity to learn from world-class outdoorsmen, and perhaps the greatest teacher of all, the natural world.