We look forward to Crawfish Season every year here at Quality Seafood, and we start getting phone calls as early as December, for the few hoping to serve Crawfish for New Years.
So, when is Crawfish Season exactly?
That's not the easiest answer. Many Louisianans DO start to see Crawfish sometimes in December and January. They are just starting to come out, and they are very small, their shells are soft, and they are delicate at this point. Plus there is just not very many of them, and they tend to get taken by the native Louisianans (remember, it's their home state, and they've been waiting a long time to get their hands on the mudbugs). But technically you can see Crawfish as early as January and as late as June.
When will Quality Seafood get Crawfish?
We're a little finicky over here at Quality, and our name says it all... We want the best Quality Crawfish for our customers. Our customers know they can trust that they are getting the very best when they wait to buy from us, but I digress. Quality Seafood will typically wait to bring in Crawfish until late February, early March. We wait until the crawfish are large enough and strong enough to go through the purging process.
What does that mean, and why is Purging important?
Purging is important because it makes their lifespan longer. Purging is a process where they force water through the shells of the crawfish after harvesting them. They are cleaner, and they live longer. Early field runs can result in sometimes a 50% loss, (that means they died before you could boil them) and you paid a lot of money for these guys. Then you and your guests don't have enough crawfish to eat. Someone is going to miss out. THEN... you have to explain to them where you got them, yada yada yada. You don't want to boil a dead crawfish... Trust me.
We want your boil to be a success, and we want your friends and family to ask, WOW these are the best crawfish we have ever had!
Side note, and this has happened in the early days... We brought in Crawfish early in the season. Several customers bought their bags on Saturday, so excited, they had invited all of their friends and family over..... Ugh oh... it was too early DEAD CRAWFISH. Monday morning the owner was getting phone calls from angry customers who claim we had RUINED their weekend/party/family gathering... "We want our money back!!!"
So.... to make this very long story short. We bring in cleaned and purged crawfish typically by the end of February sometimes mid March. They come in 30# sacks, and the price ranges based on the season. They are by RESERVATION only, so have your order in by Wednesdays at noon. 512-452-3820