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Lanyboy Mar 22, 2005 12:24 PM

Costco had some beauties for sale @ $13.99 lb.
I was tempted but had a dilemma. What is the best way to precut the shells to make eating then easier and neater.
In restaurants they are pre split maybe with some type of saw. How would you do this at home. Furthermore, should you cut the shell before cooking? I imagine of this is doen while cold, it would be a little kinder on your hands.

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    dude Mar 22, 2005 01:26 PM

    Kitchen Shears

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      Wendy8869 Mar 22, 2005 01:57 PM

      Ditto! Occasionally I buy crab legs for myself to eat at home and all I need is pair of scissors. I don't cut them before steaming.

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        Spudlover Mar 23, 2005 02:31 PM

        How long do you steam them?

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          neener Mar 23, 2005 05:06 PM

          the rule of thumb i got from a buddy. let the water steam. add the legs. 7 minutes after it starts steaming again.

          i second the shears after steaming, easy and simple.

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            Spudlover Mar 24, 2005 02:53 PM

            Thanks, Neener, I will give that a try.

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        Lanyboy Mar 22, 2005 04:24 PM

        Boy, am I embarassed.
        Thank you for pointing out the obvious.

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          TomSwift Mar 22, 2005 05:34 PM

          What may not be so obvious (although it *is* painfully obvious) is the damage the little sharp spikes can do to your hands as you're cutting the legs. The solution that works for me is to grasp the leg in a thick potholder to protect your skin.

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