Live crab (fresh meat) should not be stored in the fridge. They must be kept alive (typically in aerated water) until they are cleaned and cooked. Putting a crab in the fridge will kill them and you should never cook a dead crab. Cooked crab meat, if stored in an airtight container, can last three to five days refrigerated.
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Freezing cooked crab meat is quite easy. Simply store it in an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag. You can also wrap the meat tightly with foil or freezer wrap. Frozen crab meat will maintain its best quality for up to three months.
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Placing crab meat in the refrigerator is the safest and most effective way to thaw it. Because frozen crab is prone to dryness, be sure to substitute its loss of natural juices with a wet ingredient like mayonnaise.
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There are several reasons Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25. The date is nine months after March 25, a day recognized by Christians as Annunciation. It was the day Mary was told she would was having a baby. The nine months that follow are an approximation of Jesus’ birth. Dec. 25 also coincides with pagan Winter Solstice celebrations like Saturnalia' and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti. Since they were historically celebrated around that time of year there was precedent for holiday festivities during this time of year.
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What Does the Name 'Christmas' Mean and What Is the Meaning of Christmas?
Christmas is a shortened from the words “Christ’s mass.” It’s derived from the Middle English word "Cristemasse" which has Greek, Hebrew and Latin origins. Christmas is an annual holiday that honors the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated by Christians around the world and is regarded as an important religious and cultural holiday.
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How Can We Celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is traditionally celebrated in many ways and celebrations vary across cultures. In the days leading up to Christmas, people usually put up special decorations including colorful lights and evergreen trees. Gifts are often placed under the tree and exchanged on Christmas day among loved ones. Large meals are also typically served as part of the celebration as well.
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Chefs have a way of making things indulgent in the best possible way. Take this recipe by Jose Garces of Amada restaurant in Philadelphia, for example: Two of everyone’s favorite flavors—crab and guac—combine for a terrific appetizer.
Game plan: To roast the garlic and jalapeño, coat them in vegetable or canola oil and place in a 500°F oven until the garlic is golden brown and the jalapeño skin is blistered and blackened. If you don’t have time for this, don’t worry; the roasted garlic and jalapeño add a nice complexity to the dish, but the guacamole will be delicious regardless.
Special equipment: A molcajete is a Mexican mortar and pestle. If you don’t have one, you can substitute a standard mortar and pestle or a bowl and a large fork or spoon.
This recipe was featured as part of our Suckling Pig for the Holidays menu, as well as our Chile Pepper Recipes and Bar Snacks photo galleries.