Ideally, crabs should be cooked as soon as possible when they are delivered (see below for how to cook a crab). If you are unable to cook them straight away, store them in the salad area of your fridge with a damp tea towel over them.
Cooked crab should be stored in a suitable bowl or dish and covered with clingfilm, ideally with ice.
Store as per the instructions on the packaging. The colder the better!
How to prepare crab
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How to cook crab
Unlike a lobster, crab needs to be sleepy before being cooked, otherwise it will “shoot” its claws and legs.
Put your crab into a pan of cold water and leave for half an hour; this will make the crab sleepy.
Boil a large pan of salted water, place the crab into the boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove the crab from the water and rinse with cold water and leave to cool, ideally for a couple of hours.