Kevin Pinto, FV Jenna Lee

If you have lived in the Eureka area for any length of time you look forward to the sign that appears on 4th St.  Live Crab!  and the name of the FV (or Fishing Vessel) is the Jenna Lee.  Getting your own live crab off the docks puts you one step closer to hunting and gathering — closer to the person who risks their life going out there to get it for you — spend any time out at the Marina on Woodley Island you might have happened by the Fishermen Memorial…and close by that is a column listing the names of all those who have lost their lives at sea.

So one day I thought I’d pop on down to the Marina and give my new HD video camera a spin — and that’s when I met Carol Pinto aboard the Jenna Lee with their adorable sea-dog.  Carol kindly held up a wiggly crab for me to videotape — but let me know that Kevin was the person I needed to interview for the radio show.  I learned a lot of things about crab fishing that day — but perhaps the most important thing I know about cooking live crab is that you should use seawater…it makes for the tastiest meat!  If you are a bit squeamish about tossing a live animal into a pot of boiling water, you can always find your crab already cooked at many of our local markets — but when you are ready to give it a try I think you will find that it will be the best crab you have ever eaten.

Find out more about the Jenna Lee and Kevin Pinto, listen here.

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