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Freshwater Crawfish

  • 11-05-2011 2:21pm
    Registered Users Posts: 10,603 ✭✭✭✭

    Salivating reading this and I know they're found in our waters, does anyone know if they can be harvested on a grand scale?


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,906 ✭✭✭✭CJhaughey

    Austropotamobius pallipes
    They are protected in our waters, There aren't a huge amount of them TBH they are under threat because of a number of issues. Water quality, introduced diseases among them.
    While the UK struggles with escaped signal crayfish we don't have them here fortunately and so far we have been lucky to keep what are basically Iceage remnant populations.
    There was a survey done a few years back and they found that lots of lakes that previously had populations no longer had crayfish present.
    Sad really.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,603 ✭✭✭✭duploelabs


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,198 ✭✭✭✭Alun

    It's a big thing in Sweden around August to hold a Kräftskiva, or crayfish party. The native freshwater crayfish are in pretty short supply there too, and fishing for them is restricted, so apparently most of them are imported from the US or Far East.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,906 ✭✭✭✭CJhaughey

    Bah, TBH a good fistfull of proper Irish Nephrops are worth more than any of those little muddy gimps. Same thing but tastier and widely available.
    The only reason that they eat those crawfish is that they can't get Prawns like ours at a reasonable price.
    The trick is to cook them in boiling salty water, as soon as the water comes back to the boil take them out and plunge them into ice water, this stops the overcooking which can make them mushy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,533 ✭✭✭✭The Nal

    Anyone know where you can get them? Frozen and imported obviously. Like the big Louisiana types.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,816 ✭✭✭Gloomtastic!

    Last time I had crayfish in a shell they were a bitch to peel and as mentioned above if they’re overcooked, the flesh just turns to mush.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,533 ✭✭✭✭The Nal

    Looking for these lads so I can do a boil like this one I had in New Orleans.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2 Anne Uumellmahaye

    I’m looking to make one Also. Might you know where to get snowcrab at a reasonable price in Ireland?

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,533 ✭✭✭✭The Nal

  • Registered Users Posts: 2 Anne Uumellmahaye

    Yeah, that’s what I’ve been seeing. So much cheaper in the uk! I believe spider crab is a good substitute tho.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,511 ✭✭✭foodaholic

    Guys I remember Ikea having them in their freezer section