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Ikea's Annual Crayfish Party - August 19

WildSwede Jul 26, 2011 02:13 PM


This link is for the Burbank store. Call your local store to confirm they are having it.

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    czarp Jul 26, 2011 06:01 PM

    Sounds great!

    So is Ikea going to sell drinks, too? Or allow BYOB?

    1. wienermobile Jul 26, 2011 05:29 PM

      West Covina is also having the event but I can't find any info about Costa Mesa on their web site. Carson does no events because they don't have a full restaurant, only a snack bar.

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      1. re: wienermobile
        mrhooks Aug 3, 2011 05:54 PM

        Costa Mesa is doing it, but they always sell out at least a month in advance. Maybe they took it off their page once they sold out...?

        BTW, does anyone know if they're actually preparing the crayfish, or if they're just serving the frozen stuff you can buy in the Swedish Foodmarket? Not that I'm complaining, considering the price point, but I was wondering.

        (In case anyone was wondering, the frozen crayfish (thaw and serve, no cooking necessary) are something like $14 for 2.2 lb. Considering I can eat that much king crab and leave wanting more, I think it'll be cheaper to buy a ticket and eat there.)

      2. Professor Salt Jul 26, 2011 05:06 PM

        How is Swedish-style crayfish prepared?

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          Duppie Jul 26, 2011 05:34 PM

          Traditionally the crayfish is boiled or steamed in beer,dill and seasoned with a little sugar and salt, every family has their own boil. There is also a traditional cheese tart and of course washed down with plenty beer and little bottles of flavored schnaps.

          1. re: Duppie
            WildSwede Jul 26, 2011 05:52 PM

            We always boiled ours with lots of dill. Never steamed them. And of course, lotsa alcohol! YUM!! ;-)

            1. re: WildSwede
              happybaker Jul 26, 2011 06:01 PM

              Are they served hot or cold? And I'm guessing at the Ikea event, no adult beverages : /

              1. re: happybaker
                mrhooks Jul 26, 2011 10:42 PM

                I don't know about IKEA, but when Gustaf Anders used to do this, the crayfish were served on ice.

              2. re: WildSwede
                Duppie Jul 26, 2011 06:04 PM

                I can never remember the name of the cheese used in the tart, can you help me out. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a cray fish boil 2 summers ago in Stromstad and could not believe the size and sweetness of the cray daddys , although the Swedes hesitate sucking the heads.

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                  czarp Jul 26, 2011 06:08 PM

                  That's what she sa-- ah, never mind.

                  1. re: czarp
                    wienermobile Jul 26, 2011 06:10 PM

                    These are the cheeses Ikea is using for it's event: Vasterbotten, Grandfathers and Herrgard and/or Fontina, Crayfish Cheese Spread

                    1. re: czarp
                      Duppie Jul 26, 2011 06:24 PM

                      HA.... too easy?

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