I was thinking that I wanted to grill soft-shell crabs for the 4th of July. The thing is, I've always heard that you should cook soft-shells the same day you buy them, and I'm obviously not going to be able to find a fishmonger who's open on July 4th, so I'd have to buy them the day before.
But if I bought them on, say, the evening of July 3rd and then cooked them the following afternoon, the lag time would be less than 24 hours. Any thoughts on whether this would be OK?
And yes, I realize I could avoid the problem by buying them live and "cleaning" them myself (i.e., cutting off the faces and removing the lungs) just before cooking, but I'm not quite comfortable with that.