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Why Do They Call It Dressed Crab?

Why do they call it Dressed Crab?

I’ve been eating a lot of fish lately. However, one thing that puzzles me is, why do they call it dressed crab?  As far as I know there’s no such thing as dressed fish or dressed beef, but what do I know?

The reason I’ve been eating fish is purely a health one. Something to do with Omega 3 oils and that kind of thing. I came across the dressed crab at a local supermarket. Packed in a little tin that was inside a cardboard box with the title Dressed Crab written across the bottom!

I did a little research using Mr Google and set about defining what dressed crab was. It shocked me and to be honest, I don’t think I’ll be eating too much more crab either dressed or undressed. Come to think of it, definitely not dressed!

Cockles

Cockles are another fishy shellfish. They appeal to my taste buds. Those poor little blighters go through hell just to satisfy my nutritional desires. They don’t get much of a life, sitting in a damp seabed, filtering whatever it is they filter day after day. Someone turns up with a bucket and spade, digs them up, puts them in an enamel bucket and straight on the stove to be boiled alive!!! Lobsters, muscles, crabs and whelks all suffer the same fate.

What Happens Next?

So, back to the crab dressing. It seems the poor old crustacean gets a boiling like the lobster and cockle. Then, his innards removed and mixed with breadcrumbs!! Just to literally rub salt in his wounds, it’s all put back in his shell!! Oh my!

I have ate so many crustaceans over the years. Now I feel bad. I never knew they went through so much. In future, I’ll stick with the jars of crab paste, hmmmm.

 

12 Responses
  • -Eugenia
    September 10, 2017

    Fun and interesting post. Thank you for sharing.

    • admin
      September 10, 2017

      Thank you for your comments, Eugenia and taking the time to write them. 🙂

  • Leland Olson Hoel
    September 10, 2017

    Dressed or undressed, when I eat crab, every now and then I throw down a chunk of salami to keep up my energy level. My hands are far to weak for crab legs now.

    • Trev Jones
      September 11, 2017

      Ah, Salami, Leland. Thanks for reminding me, I haven’t had any of that in a long time.

    • Trev Jones
      September 11, 2017

      Yeah, bless them. I just hope I don’t come back as one in another life.

  • Marzi
    September 12, 2017

    Thanks for the warning Trev 😊 what’s under the name of the Dressed Crab.

    • Trev Jones
      September 12, 2017

      You’re welcome, Marzi. Thank you for the comment. 🙂

  • Jude
    September 15, 2017

    Imagine if instead Mr Crab was ‘dressed’ in a nice jacket, and maybe a hat, and introduced to you!

    • Trev Jones
      September 15, 2017

      And we could walk together, sideways, as Crabs do singing, ‘oh I do like to be beside the seaside……?’ 🙂

  • wiltdidit
    September 15, 2017

    A restaurant opened up near us called ‘The Captain’s Boil’. If you can get past that rather unsavory name (the First Mate’s Bunions is almost preferable), within they serve only shellfish, crab, lobster, mussels, etc. You then don a smock and are given plastic bags into which you discard the shells of the crustaceans that you have just devoured. I am pretty sure that scene is depicted in Bosch’s famous triptych.

    • Trev Jones
      September 15, 2017

      Oh dear, sounds stomach churning. Thank you for the comment. 🙂

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