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CHEDBALLZ
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Crawfish Weight Question

If you boil 1 pound of live Crawfish how much will they weigh when they are finished cooking?

Will the gain weight due to absorbing water?

Remain the same weight?

Lose weight from loosing body fluids?

What says the FDB?


TigerHam85
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
I think lose weight. Probably down to 0.8 pounds or so.
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yellowfin
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
lose about 10% but is varies, biggest thing is how fast you weigh them after they come out of the pot


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OTIS2
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
And why is this a question?


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liuyaming
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
America's Test Kitchen should research this. There are two factors that I can think of that would affect the weight.

The first being that food generally loses weight when cooking. Don't know if this applies to boiling.

The second would be the amount of liquid the crawfish absorbs which could vary depending on the soak time and the amount of empty space within the crawfish that could hold liquid.

The results would probably be too inconsistent to be conclusive but I'd be interested to see.


yellowfin
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America's Test Kitchen should research this.


no need, I do it every day


liuyaming
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
Gotcha.

Just curious if you measure the weight of the whole batch after they're done.


yellowfin
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I know the weight that I boil in a night then compare it to what I sold plus what's leftover
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s14suspense
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
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I know the weight that I boil in a night


I was passing past the back porch at Sammy's the other night and saw a Stainless coiled chiller looking thing in one of the pots.

Image: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/s/t/stainless-steel-immersion-wort-chiller.jpg


What's that used for in Boiling Crawfish?


liuyaming
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Cool. Mind if I ask where your place is at?


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BRgetthenet
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
Lets them soak longer without adding ice,


s14suspense
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Lets them soak longer without adding ice,


I would think that would be smart. Plus you could pre-heat water for another batch with the runoff from that.



CarRamrod
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Plus you could pre-heat water for another batch with the runoff from that.
yea i dont think that would be to efficient.


yellowfin
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
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What's that used for in Boiling Crawfish?



cool the water down I'd guess


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Stadium Rat
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
What's the typical percentage of dead crawfish in a sack?


s14suspense
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
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Plus you could pre-heat water for another batch with the runoff from that.

yea I don't think that would be too efficient



I was thinking about it for efficiency purposes

Soaking/cooling down a full pot of crawfish while simultaneously filling up another pot of water with HOT runoff water from the chiller so you already have near boiling water for the next batch...?


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JasonL79
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
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What's the typical percentage of dead crawfish in a sack?


Depends on the time of the year, how they were taken care of,where they were caught(wild or farm raised), and how long they have been out of the water. Earlier in the year when they are weaker and thinner shelled you may have as much as 3-5lbs per sack dead after just a few days out of the water. Later in the season you can sometimes keep crawfish for 6-7 days and only have 1-2lbs dead.

I always figured you will lose about 15-20% with dead crawfish and shrinkage (raw versus cooked weight). So if you boil a raw 40lb sack you should get 32-35lbs cooked after dead and shrinkage.
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yellowfin
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re: Crawfish Weight Question
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What's the typical percentage of dead crawfish in a sack?



this varies a lot

right now? I cooked 2 sacks last night that were in my cooler from Thursday and didn't have 5 dead crawfish

a foggy February morning? I'm not keeping them more than a couple days


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