Lobster & Crab Claw-Cracking Tools

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Lobster & Crab Claw-Cracking Tools
Access crabmeat faster with a claw-cracker. (Louis-Laurent Grandadam/Photodisc/Getty Images)

There is nothing quite like the taste of steamed lobster or crabmeat. Whether you keep it simple with melted butter or mix up seafood pasta, a dinner of lobster or crab is sure to impress. Ordering lobster or crab at a restaurant is expensive, but cooking your own shellfish at home is an affordable option. Before you sit down to enjoy your lobster, make sure you have a claw-cracking tool. Accessing that sweet shellfish will be close to impossible without it.

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If you have ever eaten whole lobster or crab before, you know how hard it can be to access the meat underneath that tough shell. The best claw-crackers are usually metal because they are strong enough to break through a shell with minimal effort. Effective claw-crackers are shaped like the letter V. At the centre of the tool are jagged edges that, with the use of force, crack open the shell. You can purchase a claw-cracker from a variety of stores and websites. You can find claw-crackers for less than £5 on the Crate and Barrel website. You can also find similar claw-crackers on Amazon.com and at Home Goods.

Lobster/Crab Forks

You might still have trouble getting all the meat out of the lobster without the proper tools. Cracking the shell does not always open the exoskeleton enough to give you access. Make the process easier on yourself by ordering the proper forks. Use these forks on your lobster, crab, or even to open clams or oysters. These tiny forks can be found wherever utensils are sold. They are also sold in kits along with claw-crackers. For less than £13, you can purchase a seafood kit with all of these tools.

Other Options

If you do not eat shellfish often, you might not want to invest in a cracker. If you find yourself without the proper tools and do not have time to order them, you can use some items you already have at home. Do you own a nutcracker? You will need a practical nutcracker, not the type you use for decoration during Christmas. A nutcracker works in the same way as a claw-cracker. Put the claw between the cracker handles. Squeeze the handles together, putting pressure on the claw. This will crack open the shell and allow you to access the meat. For those who want to crack open their crab or lobster in a fun way, there are wooden mallets. These mallets cost less than a dollar to purchase and can be used to make mashed potatoes as well.

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