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10 Reasons Crawfish are as Unique as Louisiana

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Let’s face it, there is no other place quite like the Bayou State. Whether you live in Louisiana or just love the natural beauty, people, and culture, there is something about Cajun Country that grabs ahold of people and refuses to let go. Here at CajunCrawfish.com we love our Louisiana heritage almost as much as we love crawfish. Fortunately, crawfish are as unique as the place they call home.

  1. They come in way more colors than red. You can find rare ones that are blue, white, orange, green, and pretty much any other color of the rainbow. They all turn red once boiled though.
  2. Crawfish can drown and have inner gills so they can live out of water.
  3. Of the over 500 species of crawfish, only 2 species are eaten.
  4. The earliest crawfish fossil is about 30 million years old and evidence of 100 million year old burrows were found in Australia.
  5. A crawfish’s eyes can move independently from each other.
  6. While walking, they move forward, but they swim backwards.
  7. Louisiana’s Official Crustacean is the crawfish.
  8. They can grow back lost legs and claws.
  9. They molt once a year and eat their former skeleton to regain the calcium and phosphates they need.
  10. Crawfish feed at night.

And one more little fact about our little friends…they taste absolutely delicious. Fortunately for you, CajunCrawfish.com lets you get crawfish delivered right to your front door! Whether you are looking for live crawfish in season, or whole boiled crawfish year-round, we deliver fast so you can enjoy these amazing crustaceans anytime.

Crawfish Festivals 2017

It’s that time of year again. The weather is warming up, the trees are beginning to turn green and the smell of crawfish is in the air. In Southern Louisiana, the distinct scent of boiling crawfish is one of the sure signs that Spring is finally here. Crawfish are a long-standing tradition down here, and we show our love of these crustaceans with festivals throughout the state.
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Louisiana isn’t the only state that celebrates the crawfish, however, and there are a number of festivals throughout the United States. Here are a few of our favorites:

Louisiana:

  • Mudbug Madness in Shreveport, LA – On Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, head on over to Shreveport for Mudbug Madness. Voted one of the 100 best events for 2019, Mudbug Madness celebrates all things Louisiana for their 31st year. They must be doing something right.
  • Crawfest in New Orleans, LA – On April 6, Tulane University in New Orleans offers up more than 20,000 pounds of Crawfish, music, art, and fun at the Uptown campus for the annual Crawfest. Tickets are only $10 and free for Tulane students, which includes UNLIMITED Crawfish!
  • Louisiana Crawfish Festival in Chalmette – On March 21-24, 2019 cajun bands provide the music, and arts and crafts booths showcase local talent. There’s always a giant midway with carnival games, cotton candy, candied apples, and fun rides. You can dine on several different crawfish dishes while there.
  • Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival – Come to watch the world famous race of the crawfish! Enjoy crawfish prepared in anyway you can think of from boiled to a pie. It takes place May 3-5, 2019.
  • Crawfish Mambo: Cook Off & Music Festival on the Lake – New Orleans’ largest cook-off, will be held May 11, 2019. You can sample dozens of different crawfish boils cooked by teams competing for “Best of Boil”. Feast on all-you-can-eat crawfish, while dancing the Mambo or take a break to shop the Mambo Artists Village.

Texas:

  • Kemah Crawfish Festival – Takes place under the Kemah Bridge in Kemah, Texas, April 19-21, 2019. There will be crawfish, beverages, live music, and fun, all with a free admission.
  • Woodlands CrawPHish Festival – On March 23, 2019 in Woodlands, Texas, event attendees will enjoy crawfish and a variety of refreshments while listening to live music. A designated Kids Zone will feature a variety of activities including a bouncing moonwalk, inflatable slide, face painting and more!
  • Bigass Crawfish Bash – Scheduled events include the crawfish cooking competition, live music, kid zone, vendors market, Veterans VIP tent, food court and more! All of this is taking place on April 20, 2019  in Hitchcock, Texas.
  • Llano Crawfish Open – A two day event held on April 26 & 27, 2019 in Llano, Texas. You can enjoy crawfish team roping, arts and crafts for kids, live music, food to be served, a charity golf open, 5K walk/run, and also a motorcycle fun run.
  • Mauriceville Crawfish Festival  – Festival features music lineup , entertainment, creole cooking demos, competitive crawfish cook-off, and more all on May 3-4, 2019 in orange, Texas
  • Crawfish Festival – Located in DeSoto, Texas at the DeSoto Amphitheater on June 1, 2019, including tons of delicious spicy crawfish, great food live music, vendors, and games  at this friendly, relaxed, and fun event.

Arkansas: 

  • Crawdad Days Music Festival – Held every year in Harrison, Arkansas and held the third weekend of May around the banks of Lake Harrison. This year it takes place on May 17-18, 2019 where you can enjoy food, crafts, clothing items, and the STAR attraction… crawfish!
  • Hot Springs Gumbo & Crawfish Festival – Takes place on April 20, 2019 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where you can sample gumbo from the areas cooking teams fighting for “Best Hot Springs Gumbo”, purchase a crawfish dinner, and also enjoy some dance music!

Florida:

Mississippi:

California:

  • LSU Alumni of San Diego – This crawfish boil happens on May 26, 2019 @ 10:00the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Go to enjoy hot and spicy boiled crawfish by Cajun Chefs, with seasoned corn and potatoes, cold and premium beer, live music all afternoon, with a selection of soda bottles water food and drink.

Illinois:

  • Gumbo Ya Ya in Rock Island, IL – Catch the spirit of the French Quarter as they celebrate in downtown Rock Island, Il in the District! Cajun foods, Cajun music, and of course a lot of Crawfish make Mardi Gras in the District a great time every year! This year’s Gumbo Ya Ya takes place June 12 & 13.

Georgia:

  • Frogtown Crawfish Festival – Fresh Louisiana crawfish, live music, arts and crafts, kids zone, food, adult beverages, inflatables, face painters, games, contests, and much more. Its $10 a day entry fee, but kids 12 years old and under get in free! It will all start May 12 & 13, 2017 in Columbus, Georgia.
  • Woodbine Crawfish Festival – Family oriented event for all ages offering children’s amusements to arts & crafts, to cloggers, square dancers, and live bands, This years festivities begin on April 28, 2017 and April 29, 2017 at the Satilla Waterfront Park Stage and gazebo stage.

New Jersey:

  • Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest – Camping weekend event will consist of not only live bands, but great food options and crafts for all ages attending! All taking place in Augusta, New Jersey on June 2, 3, & 4, 2017.

Oklahoma:

  • Chisholm Trail Round-Up Crawfish Festival – Enjoy a taste of Louisiana at the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival in Yukon. This annual outdoor event celebrates Cajun culture with food, history and music. The festival is family-friendly and features numerous activities for all age groups, including the Kid’s Kreative Korral, chicken and crawfish races and pony rides. A live Cajun band will perform and give dance lessons throughout the day. Taking place in Yukon, Oklahoma on June 3, 2017.

Oregon:

  • Annual Tualatin Crawfish Festival – This festival has a crawfish cooking contest, a crawfish crawl relay, 5K, & half marathon, Food booths, Beer garden, vendor village, crawfish eating contest, fireworks, and a silent disco all while being able to enjoy quality family time on August 4 & 5, 2017.

Tennessee:

  • Porter-Leath Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival – Over 30,000 festival goers will enjoy live music on three stages from nationally known Louisiana Zydeco bands and local award-winning artists in Memphis, games including crawfish bobbing, eating, and racing, arts & crafts vendors, and a play zone for children ages 12 and under. VIP experiences are available and include the Swamp Tent featuring an all you can eat crawfish and cajun cuisine and CashSaver Louisiana Gumbo Cook-off which offers cash prizes. All events start on April 23, 2017 for free admission Wagner Place and Riverside Drive in Memphis Tennessee .
  • Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil – Over 2,000 people, 4,000 pounds of all-you-can-eat crawfish, over 80 kegs of all-you-can-drink beer and ciders, and 7 of Nashvilles hottest Bands. All on April 8th, 2017 in Cumberland Park, Nashville, Tennessee.

Washington D.C.:

  • Bayou Fete XIII- DC-LCC Annual Crawfish Boil – 10,000 pounds of all you can eat crawfish and 50 kegs of beers, cokes, and water all day long while being able to listen to live music and a day packed full of event that include softball, volleyball, and other park games, but you must bring your own equipment. This event takes place on June 10, 2017 at Fort Hunt Park- Area-A in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Have any other crawfish festivals you think we missed? Leave a comment below and let us know!

H is for Holy Trinity

H is for Holy Trinity- Abc's of Cajun Cooking, Celery Onions and Bell pepper

The Cajun Holy Trinity or just Holy Trinity is a term used in Cajun and Creole cooking to describe the group of three essential aromatic vegetables: onion, bell pepper and celery. These three items are the base mixture for most recipes such as gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, sauces, stews and more.

The Term holy Trinity is appropriate in New Orleans culture where Christianity and Catholicism are so prevalent.
Just as the Father, SOn and Holy Spirit are the core of Christianity, Celery, Onion and Bell Pepper are at the core of Cajun Cooking.

You want me to Suck What?


For those of us accustomed to Eating crawfish, the saying “pinch the tail and suck the head” is simply a phrase that illustrates how to eat those little mudbugs. But to those not used to eating Louisiana crawfish, these instructions will likely come as a surprise, or may even offend!
Even among veteran crawfish eaters, there are those who simply won’t suck the crawfish’s head. I guess I can unnderstand their hesitance to stick the head of this bright red, half-bug, half alien-looking creature in your mouth, but one you do you’ ll understand exactly crawfish lovers do it. That explosion of juicy cajun goodness you get from sucking the head is hard to beat! So the next time someone asks you to “suck the head” don’t get offended, just do it. You can thank us later!

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6 Tips for the Perfect Memorial Day Crawfish Boil

Memorial Day Crawfish Boil Pot and Paddle

Planning Your Memorial Day Crawfish Boil
Memorial Day is just around the corner and the warm weather party season is officially in high gear. So to get things started off on the right note, why not throw a Memorial Day crawfish boil? After all, a crawfish boil is as American as hot dogs and burgers, only a lot more fun to eat!

Of course, if you have never hosted a crawfish boil then this may sound a bit intimidating. But what exactly is necessary to have a successful Memorial Day crawfish boil? So, glad you asked! Here are some tips for throwing the perfect crawfish boil – no matter where you live.

Memorial Day party, Crawfish and Beer
6 Tips for the Perfect Memorial Day Crawfish Boil
1. Order at least 3 pounds of live crawfish per person who will attend. (Rule of thumb for purchasing food for a Louisiana crawfish boil– 60 pounds of crawfish will feed 15 – 30 guests; 90 pounds should feed 25 -30 guests.)

2. A few days before your Memorial Day crawfish boil, check to see that you have paper products – don’t forget newspaper to line the serving table with, propane for the grill, a large pot (think big – perhaps grandma’s big stew pot!) and an equally large paddle with which to stir the pot. You will also want to order, or reserve the crawfish, so that on Memorial Day, you can just go pick up your crawfish. To keep it truly patriotic, you can even ask for some of the blue and white crawfish, too!

3. On the day before you do your shopping. Be sure to also pick up corn on the cob, potatoes and onions to toss in the boil along with your crawfish seasonings, plenty of beer and lots of ice! You may also want to include watermelon, as a dessert, as the sweetness of the melon is great foil to the spices and heat of the Louisiana crawfish boil seasoning.

4. When your guests begin to arrive for your Memorial Day crawfish boil, you will want to be ready to start cooking. Place that large pot on your bruner, fill it with your seasonings, and of course, a healthy amount of beer and add the potatoes first –these will take the longest time to cook! Now, when it comes to the perfect recipe for the proper Louisiana crawfish boil, there is a wealth of opinions, so be sure to check out our How To Boil Crawfish page to determine what appeals to you.

5. When the cooking is complete, drain the basket and pour down the center of a newspaper lined table or, you can put the food in several Styrofoam containers lined with foil. Then give out a holler, and let everyone know the Memorial Day crawfish boil is ready to devour.

6. Every good party needs some entertainment, so consider having live music or a DJ, plenty of games and places for mingling and dancing.
And there you have it – the steps to planning a perfect Memorial Day crawfish boil. So, whatcha waiting for? Get those invitations out and get ready to have a great Memorial Day crawfish boil!

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G is for Gumbo – The ABC’s of Cajun Cooking

G is for Gumbo - The ABC's of Cajun Cooking

Gumbo is a dish that originated in Southern Louisiana during the 18th century. Cajun Gumbo typically begins with a roux of flour and some type of fat (butter, oil, lard). The color and underlying falvor of gumbo come from this roux, which is loving stired continuously until it turns a rich caramel color. Next comes the Cajun Holy Trinity (bell peppers, celery and onions) and often includes okra. A Meat or shellfish stock is added and some type of shellfish is often added (crawfish, shrimp, crab), and many Gumbo’s include Andouille sausage an chicken. Filé powder (ground sassafras ), is another key ingredient. The dish combines ingredients and culinary practices of several cultures, including West African, Creole, French, Spanish, German, and Choctaw.

Pinch Dat Tail and Suck Dat Head

Crawfish - Pinch dat Tail, Suck dat Head

Those of you familiar with crawfish know exactly what this saying means. But to everyone else out there, let me just say that it has nothing to do with the opposite sex.
What is the meaning of this cryptic phrase? Why, it’s non other than the exact advise you need to know how to eat a boiled crawfish!

As most of you know, the best part of the crawfish is the tail. That’s where most of the meat is. The pinch refers to the action (actually a pinch and a twist) that you need to take to release this tasty mudbug morsel from it’s red armored shell.  For some, this is the end of their crawfish experience, but for the rest of us adventurous eaters we know that the spicy Cajun juices and flavors are hidden in the front half, or the head, of the crawfish. This is the sucking part. “Sucking the Head” may not be for the faint-of-heart, but it’s well worth the risk as it may just be the most flavorful suck you ever embark on! If you want a further explanation of how this is all done, here’s detailed one: How To Peel & Eat Crawfish.

Enjoy and Laissez les crawfish rouler!

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Nice Piece of Tail

Nice piece of Tail, Crawfish tail

Here at CajunCrawfish.com we love the whole crawfish. We love the color, shape, claws, and we even love their beady little eyes. But if there’s one pat of these Louisiana mudbugs we love the most, its the tail! After all, tails is where the meat is! We love them so much we think their downright sexy. We love crawfish tails, and who doesn’t love a nice piece of tail?

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F is for Filé – the ABC’s of Cajun Cooking

F is for Filé - The ABC's of Cajun Cooking

Flé powder, (or Gumbo filé powder) is a necessity for cooking authentic Cajun cuisine. It is also essential in Creole cooking.  Made from the powdered leaves of the sassafras tree, Filé has a cooling smell, reminiscent of eucalyptus crossed with juicy fruit gum. Filé powder is used for its unique flavor and aroma as much as it is used as a thickening agent for Soups and stews, especially Gumbo.