I'm supposed to be resting from the computer because of a repetitive stress injury. So this will be a quick post today with no photo. It may take a few days before I can go full speed again.
Classic Boiled Crabs
For each pound of blue or rock crabs, bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add 2 chopped onions, 2 sliced celery ribs, a tablespoon or so of fresh lime juice, 1 tsp. hot paprika (or 1/2 tsp. each of sweet paprika and cayenne), and 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then lower the crabs into the liquid. Cook for about 5 minutes, then drain before eating. (Source: Columbian Home Products, LLC, Terre Haute, IN)
NOTE: I don't endorse this method, but am posting it because it is a classic method of preparing crabs. Crabs get waterlogged very easily, and IMHO, steaming is a better method. I will be posting more on this method in the future.