Yabbies

Yabbies

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Yabbies are freshwater crayfish, rather similar to the French écrevisses. Although a few people have attempted – and succeeded – to raise yabbies commercially, most come from natural creeks and waterholes and consequently their supply in the cities is rather erratic. There seems to be no clearly defined yabbie season, but they are perhaps more plentiful in spring than in summer or winter. Yabbies have a taste vaguely similar to that of prawns (shrimp), but without the salty sweetness of the latter. Some say they are best eaten straight from the pot, without the benefit of any sauce; others like them warm in a salad, or cold with a lemony mayonnaise. Cooked yabbies may also garnish other fish or seafood dishes. Buy live yabbies when available at the fish markets. They should be clean, free of weed and react when touched. Grasp them firmly at the junction of the head and tail when handling. When purchased ready-cooked, they should be bright orange-red, stored on ice or refrigerated. Yabbies sometimes have a slight muddy taste and to overcome this live yabbies may be placed in a large bucket of cold water and left in a very cool place for about 5 hours or overnight. Alternatively, dill seeds may be added to the cooking liquid and the cooked yabbies left overnight in the cooking liquid with sprigs of fresh dill.

To cook: Kill yabbies by freezing, then drop into boiling salted water, Court Bouillon or Shellfish Stock. Lower the heat and simmer for about 5–10 minutes or until the shell colour changes to orange-red. Remove with a slotted spoon. When cool enough to handle, separate tails from heads. Cut through tail shells with strong kitchen scissors and extract tail meat.

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