Do you host Seafood Boils for family and friends? My family is from South Louisiana we look forward to the spring and summer months. You can often find us during warm weather in our backyard boiling up a big pot of Crawfish or Crabs for family and friends. Once we boil our Seafood we dump them out on a holding rack, which allows the Crabs or Crawfish to cool down and gives everyone room to grab a tray and dig in!
I think the Seafood Cooling and Holding Rack is a genius idea! My father-in-law came up with the idea over 40 years ago. He passed down the original one he made to my husband years ago. It’s amazing how many Crawfish and Crab Boils that rack has been through. Sadly it fell apart the other day, so I decided to make another one.
The above picture shows my Father-in-law’s original Seafood Cooling and Holding Rack, with 80 lbs of Crawfish. Can you believe the rack above is really over 40 years old?
Here is the list of supplies you’ll need to make your very own Cooling /Holding Rack.
1- 8 ft long Galvanized Steel Rabbit Fencing with small holes
2- 8 ft long 2×4’s
4 Pack Galvanized Corner Braces with Screw
1- Box U Nails
Instructions to make the Seafood Cooling and Holding Rack.
( 1) Cut the two 8-foot long 2×4 pieces into 6-foot long pieces.You should now have 2-6ft pieces and 2-2ft. pieces of wood. (2) Use the 6ft pieces for the sides and use the 2 ft pieces for the ends to make the frame for the cooling rack. (3) Screw the frame together. (4) Next, screw the corner braces into the inside of each corner of the frame. (5) Flip the frame over onto a flat surface, lay the 8ft piece of Rabbit fencing on top of the bottom of the frame. (6) Using U Nails attach the Rabbit fencing to the frame. Flip back over and admire your new Seafood Cooling and Holding Rack. You will need to place the rack on top of two saw- horses or 2 tall garage cans. *Kim’s note- refer to the picture of the empty cooling rack above for guidance.
Here’re a few tips for using the rack.
When using the rack for Crawfish or Shrimp place a 16 ft long piece of screen on the bottom of the rack, letting 8 feet of the screen hang over one end. Pour the seafood into the holding rack . You can add a little ice on top of the seafood to keep them cool while everyone is sitting down eating. Fold the screen that is hanging over the edge to cover the seafood. This will keep the flies off your food!
When we boil Crabs I just pour the crabs into the cooling rack without the screen. But, I do use the screen to cover the food. After all the seafood is gone wash and rinse the rack and screen . I hang the screen and rack in my gargae on a hook.
What do you think about my Seafood Cooling and Holding Rack?
Check out my Louisiana Blue Crab Boil Recipe here
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