How to kill a crab?
I'm not a vegetarian but I respect all forms of life. I love to eat crab I've cooked myself. To kill one before cooking I put it in the sink and pour on boiling water.
This bothers me more each time I do it. The creature seems to be watching me and blinking its litle eyes. It takes a while before it stops struggling and I feel like I'm inflicting unnecessary pain.
Is there a more humane way to do it?
I prefer the microwave method, 6-l/2 minutes in a heavy glass lidded casserole with one tablespoon liquid and some spices, so starting the cooking with the crab still alive isn't an option.
I feel the same way - I usually boil crabs and crawfish. I throw them in the water and they die nearly instantly. I just say a little prayer when I do it.
If you want to dispatch them before boiling, you can cut the ventral nerve cord on crabs or lobsters (I just did it with my friends). Take a knife and stab them in the middle of their "belly", that being where the flap beneath them (actually their abdomen folded up beneath them) ends. The abdomen ends in a triangle-like shape, so just stab them right at its tip, or on either side of it, with a knife, and they will stop moving in seconds. The deeper you stab the better. Its the same basic deal with lobster, except there abdomen isn't folded up beneath them, so just stab the knife right in the center of where their legs meet.
I doubt seriously that a microwave is more "humane" than plunging the crab into a pot of boiling water, or into a steamer at full temperature.
Look, I get it, really. If you are vegetarian for health reasons, please ignore the rest of this post. But if your concern about killing animals is what prevents you from eating meat, eating fish and seafood is somewhat hypocritical, correct? So, you either need to get over this or eat this food only at restaurants if you don't like doing this.
I personally believe that nature intended for some living things to be eaten by other living things. It's the cooking part that truly separates us from the other species, so go for a hot boil bath, or go the opposite, and slow down the metabolism of your live crabs by putting them in an ice water bath before you cook them. They can stay that way for hours and will be really groggy.