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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This hot, delicious dip has everything we love about crab cakes in dunk form. Begin by mixing mayonnaise, Creole mustard, horseradish cream, Old Bay Seasoning, and finely chopped celery and onion. Season with salt and Tabasco, then stir in plenty of fresh lump crabmeat. Place this mixture in an ovenproof dish and top with crumbled cornbread. Bake in a medium-hot oven until brown and bubbly, and serve at once, with toast triangles or celery sticks for dunking. Creole mustard has a nice little kick of heat and works well in this recipe—substitute Dijon mustard if you can’t find it. Horseradish cream is sometimes labeled “horseradish cream style” or “prepared horseradish.” You’ll need to bake a batch of our Easy Cornbread before you begin, or buy premade cornbread without a ton of sugar (the dip should taste more savory than sweet).
Make-ahead note: The crab mix can be made up to 1 day ahead—just leave out the salt until you’re ready to bake it.
We featured this recipe in our Thanksgiving, Southern Style menu.