How should I store live crabs and rocklobsters?
Many crustaceans, especially mud crabs, rocklobsters, yabbies and marrons, are sold live, so that they’re as fresh as possible when they’re cooked. When you buy them, they should be lively with a hard shell (indicating that they haven’t recently moulted) and all limbs and antennae intact. Fishmongers usually store live crabs, marron and yabbies out of the water, while rocklobsters, and live bugs, are best stored in a tank. Buy live crustaceans as close as possible to when you plan to cook them. Store them in a covered container, with ventilation holes in the top and wet butcher’s paper or cloth in the bottom and keep them in the coolest part of the house (below 20°C) for up to 2 days. Live bugs won’t survive long out of water and deteriorate quickly once dead, so cook them on the day they’re purchased.