Note to Reader: You don't have to read this section if
you don't care if your crabs are not fresh or the crabs you caught
go bad in your home.
There are two ways to store crabs during a trip. The obvious
way is of course putting the crabs in a water filled bucket, since
the crab species you can catch in the Lower Mainland don't have
lungs, so they need water to breathe. However, should you find
the method inconvenient, you can just wrap each crab up in some
paper towel or old newspaper. This way seem to work pretty well
and some have actually said that crabs wrapped in paper can survive
longer than crabs storaged with a water bucket. You'll have to
find out for yourself whether this is true or not, but it is definitely
easier to carry paper than a bucket full of water. Make sure you
don't store the crab upside down because they are more likely
to die in this orientation.
After you get home from your crabbing trip, you should cook and eat your catches as soon as possible. They will have a better taste this way. If you must store the live crabs, you should store them in well-ventilated containers covered with damp cloths or paper towels/newspaper, inside a refrigerator. Don't put the crabs in air-tight containers because they will suffocate. You also shouldn't put the crabs in a container filled with water unless you have an air pump in the container or you change the water all the time. You should not store live crabs for more then a day. That is because they probably will be dead after that time and starting to give off a bad smell. Remember: Seafood give off the worst smells when they rot.
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