The Campsite Crawfish Cook – “Keep It Paleo and Local!”


Last week was “The Bro’s” sixth birthday followed by Independence Day and if there were ever a reason to head out camping, this duo of days was it! Aside from the fact that my boys are two of the funniest, craziest and most widely imaginative boys in existence, and I love photo-documenting their lives, I wanted to show you how we went about cooking up a crawfish feast that was both Paleo and local.

It all started when Samson (The Bro!) wanted a minnow trap for his birthday. When we went to Cabela’s, we saw crawfish traps as well, so we got one of each. Then, we went camping and this is how it went…

We geared up and headed out to the lake.

We sent Samson out in his Kayak and we paddled the canoe with “The Jo!” in middle position.

We popped holes in two cans of cat food and placed one in each trap, then had our “anchor man” throw the anchor as we prepared to drop the trap. Jo has one job only and he does it well…

Make sure to close your eyes, lean back and scream so everyone in earshot knows that the anchor has been dropped.

We then set up for dropping the traps and tied a rope to each one. We dropped them to the bottom and then tied the other end of the rope to a one gallon milk jug to act as a marker buoy. We returned to the traps twice each day and emptied them.

We quickly learned that the minnow trap wasn’t catching minnows, but was catching only small craw fish. So, we used that one to store all of the crawfish so that they could still live in their natural environment until it was time for the warmer water ;).

By the end of the trip, we had over 100 crawfish.

We spared two of them as pets for the final day.

We rinsed the rest of them and put on a pot of salt water to boil, which didn’t take long on my Camp Chef Pro 90.

I added the crawfish to the water and let them rip for about 10 minutes.

When they began to float, I knew they were done.

I peeled a few of them straight away for munching. You pull them in half and suck the juice out of the head.

Then, peel the tail and clean any guts from the back meat.

I plunged the rest into ice water to chill immediately.

Then pulled cleaned the rest of them while the boys played with crawfish parts.

We then packed it up and headed for home with our chilled crawfish tails on ice in the cooler. We ended up cooking them on the morning of the last day, so I decided to save them for cooking at home. This goes to prove that, just because you are on vacation, doesn’t mean you can’t stock your Paleo Bank Account!

All in all, this was a great experience. It taught the boys about working hard and what it really takes to put food on the table. We kept it local (sourced within 400m of our campsite) all while “Keeping it Paleo!”. The dudes are total studs and while things get a little intense while camping (in close quarters 24/7 with late nights, early mornings, and no breaks) I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I can’t wait to see where my little Lewis and Clark take us adventuring next…

Until then, give a Campsite Crawfish Cook a try and “Keep It Paleo!”.

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(Finding Functional Fitness in the Forest)

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