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Crab should smell fresh, with no hint of ammonia. Live crabs should be frisky.
Refrigerate live crabs in a bowl covered with wet paper towel for no more than 12 hours. Freshly cooked crab can be refrigerated for up to two days.
Bring 5 quarts (4.7 L) of water to a rapid boil and add each crab headfirst. Reduce heat and simmer 10 to 20 minutes. Immerse crabs in cold water for a few seconds when done so they don’t overcook.
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