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Our Guide to Crawfish Boil Etiquette

May 06, 2019
Our Guide to Crawfish Boil Etiquette

Texans love their Cajun crawfish. We love it so much we host crawfish boils throughout the spring, including one right here in Jordan Ranch on Saturday, May 18. Do you have your tickets yet?

If you’ve never been to a boil, we’ve put together a handy list of do’s and don’ts. Spend a few minutes looking it over, then come out to The Shed, 30757 Jordan Crossing Boulevard, from noon to 3 p.m. and get peeling!

Don’t Eat Before You Arrive

Sure, crawfish seem small but you get a lot of them. At the Jordan Ranch Crawfish Boil, your $5 ticket includes all the critters you can eat. And don’t forget the sides. Traditional sides include corn and potatoes among other things. That’s a lot of food. If peeling crawfish isn’t your thing, we’ll have food trucks on hand where you can purchase something a little more to your taste. 

Do Wear Dark Clothing

We’re not going to lie. Peeling and eating crawfish is a tad messy. We don’t want to give it away so let’s just say juices are involved…

Don’t Wear Watches or Jewelry

Did we mention the juices? Your hands are going to be covered and the last thing you want is to have sticky stuff on your finery. 

Do Keep Water – Or Beer – Handy

Texans do not mess around with their spices and crawfish are traditionally spicy. If you’ve never experienced anything cooked in Zatarain's boil mix, you are in for a treat — but you’ll definitely need something cool to wash it down with. We’ve got you covered with beer and other drinks available for purchase.

Do Pinch, Peel, Eat and Repeat

Now for the moment of truth. It’s time to eat your first crawfish. How? Find the crawfish’s natural waistline. That’s where you break it apart. Try it anywhere else and, well, those juices. Start at the top of the tail and peel the shell off. Once the meat is exposed you can pinch it and pull it out. If you are brave, you can suck the juices out before you peel but that’s not for everybody.

Don’t Rub Your Eyes

Did we mention the spices? If you rub your eyes before cleaning your hands, you will regret it. Wash your hands well once you are done eating or bring sliced lemon to rub on your hands. 

Do Enjoy the Fun

Crawfish boils are always fun. There’s music — Zyedco, a blend of blues, jazz and rhythm if you are lucky — or a DJ. At our boil, we’ll have music, a crawfish-eating contest with prizes for the winners, children’s activities and more! All proceeds benefit Brookwood Community, a non-profit residential facility and vocational program for adults with disabilities.

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