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DLauw
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
It’s something relatively new to me too. We (me and my best bud) started using the two pot method about 9 or 10 years ago after talking to a cook at a restaurant. Perfect, tasty, easy-to-peel crawfish every time. Quicker too, next basket drops in the boil when there’s 10 minutes left to the soak.

Depending on the amount we’re boiling, we will sometimes break out four pots- two boilers and two soakers.

A few years back, we busted out #800 pounds in two days. My daughter and his daughter’s separate graduation parties. (Same age, not friends/different crowds)

ETA: sorry for the hijack OP
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Miketheseventh
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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8 of us. All 32 pounds

Y’all are some very light eaters. We usually have another couple come over when we do them and never have any left. Sacks normally average 34 - 38 lbs


CottonWasKing
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
We just use ice for the soak. Cook for 5-7 minutes( I never remember got it written down somewhere) cut off fire and throw a bag of ice in and let them soak for 20-30 minutes. Reseason with half as much and start the second batch.

1st batch is for the women and children the second back is for the drunks.


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TygerTyger
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
Yeah man, Texas people just don't put away as much as Louisiana folks. When I first moved here and would boil for people I'd end up spending the last two hours of the party peeling tails and putting them in zip lock bags.



Bleeding purple
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
Yep, just boiled this weekend. We had 11 adults and some kids. Boiled 83 lbs and spent last 30 min peeling for the freezer. Of course we had all the add ins too.

So I normally boil potatoes, garlic, onions, and celery all un-bagged for 15 min in seasoned water. Pull all that. Then add crawfish and sausage with bagged mushrooms pearl onions and more garlic for 5 to 8 min depending on size once boiling again. Then add lemons and frozen corn +/- ice once fire is off and let it soak for 15 min.

Used Louisiana brand crawfish boil and their new no salt herb mix this time too. I also additional cayenne and Tabasco for heat. Really liked first batch but next 2 got to salty without an increase in heat. Even soaked last batch for 30 min.



I'm curious on 2 pot method is the soak pot cold, room temp, or heated some?



tenfoe
Member since Jun 2011
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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we will sometimes break out four pots- two boilers and two soakers.


Way too much work. Y'all must not drink beer.


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TygerTyger
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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I'm curious on 2 pot method is the soak pot cold, room temp, or heated some?



I've never tried it but I've heard that the seasoned pot is cold. A buddy told me that's how Tony's Seafood does it.

I keep thinking I'll try it one day but don't want to risk screwing up a whole sack of crawfish. Especially at this year's prices.



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White Bear
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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but I keep them in a mesh bag
This is why the local boiler does, and still over cooked them. I cooked some shrimp recently, dumped them into a boiling pot for about 1 minute, they were just right.


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slinger1317
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
I have included shrimp in every crawfish boil I've done this year.

I started putting them in as soon as I cut the fire off and let them soak for 20-30 mins with the crawfish. Now I wait 5-8 mins after cutting the fire and then add them- seems like those few mins keep them from overcooking and makes them peel a lot easier.


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the4thgen
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Dallas, tx
Member since Sep 2010
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
I learned that lesson the hard way when I moved to Dallas as well. Everyone there likes the idea of a crawfish boil but eat like birds when it actually comes out. I even go lower to 2 lbs when I don't know everyone in the crowd. I'm no crawfish eating champion but it does seem to always blow away the texas folk when they see my pile haha.


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CarRamrod
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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I boil my crawfish for 7 minutes,
7 mins from the moment you put them in? or 7 mines after the get to a boil?


TygerTyger
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Houston
Member since Oct 2010
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
7 from the moment you put them in.

Trust me. People that over cook their crawfish serve bugs that are hard to peel and are mushy.

7 minutes and cut the fire. Then add corn and shrimp and let them soak. They will peel easy and taste great.

I'm no pro, but I boil a LOT of crawfish.

For instance this year I've boiled 5 times already and have two more to do. the first 4 boils were 3 batches each, so about 360 pounds and the one last Saturday was one batch. That's a total of 390. The next two boils will be 2 batches and then 4 batches.

So I've got lots of trial and error to hone in on my process. I promise I'm not bragging when I say people love my crawfish.

Give it a try.

And I always say, there's a lot of right ways to boil crawfish and even more wrong ways to do it. My way works for me.
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CarRamrod
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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7 from the moment you put them in.

Trust me. People that over cook their crawfish serve bugs that are hard to peel and are mushy.

ok thats why i was asking...... "boiling" for 7 mins is WAY too long.


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CarRamrod
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Member since Dec 2006
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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So I've got lots of trial and error to hone in on my process. I promise I'm not bragging when I say people love my crawfish.
is funny how many people say this and i have ben to some boils that really frick them up.

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Give it a try.
i have my own process that works and well received as well. so ill stick to it.


DTRooster
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Member since Dec 2013
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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i have my own process that works and well received as well. so ill stick to it.
after who knows how many tons over the years. I think I'll do the same


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TygerTyger
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Member since Oct 2010
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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So I've got lots of trial and error to hone in on my process. I promise I'm not bragging when I say people love my crawfish.
is funny how many people say this and i have ben to some boils that really frick them up.



I can't argue there, and this isn't the OT, so I'm not going to be a dick and lock horns with you. I grew up in Baton Rouge, I'm half cajun, I take cooking seriously, and I have never had anyone even hint that my crawfish were less than good. Most say they are great.

ANs by all means, stick with what works for you. this whole thread was a guy asking what to do. Everyone can share their experience.


Kingpenm3
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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I've always put the potatoes in first and let them boil for about 15 minutes while I get everything else ready. They take longer to cook. I started adding the mushrooms at that time as well. You really can't "over cook" mushrooms, and by giving them that extra cook time, they soak up a TON of flavor. They become tiny balls of delicious lava.



When I buy everything I always use the motto, double the mushrooms, half the potatoes.


TygerTyger
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
Yep. I triple the mushrooms.


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CarRamrod
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Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
im not trying to fight ya. i was hoping you would say 7mins after putting them in. I was just pointing how most people say their crawfish are great, yet there is so many bad crawfish being cooked. Its a funny observation, not trying to call you out.


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TIGERSby10
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re: Dropping shrimp in crawfish boil
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I also additional cayenne and Tabasco for heat.


Biggest mistake usually made by rookies. You don't need tabasco, cayenne, or any other seasoning besides the powder and liquid crab boil seasoning. Adding cayenne just makes your mouth burn (doesn't add flavor) and tabasco makes the batch taste disgusting.


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