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where to find crayfish?

When I lived in Sweden, every May I could find crayfish sold in supermarket. It's still far from spring but I start to miss the taste of crayfish. Maybe it's possible to find crayfish somewhere in Switzerland or it would be nice to have a small weekend trip in late spring to go to the nature look for crayfish in some lake, pond.....Does anyone have experience with catching crayfish in Switzerland? Perhaps I need a fishing license for it? waiting for your answer.
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Old 19.01.2011, 18:15
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Re: where to find crayfish?

France, and sometimes Italy.

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Old 19.01.2011, 18:21
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Re: where to find crayfish?

thanks Tom. Where in France can I find it?
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Re: where to find crayfish?

I've had a box of frozen ones from the food shop in IKEA in summer. Maybe just stocked around the mid summer period. Maybe worth a phone call to ask.
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thanks Tom. Where in France can I find it?
I've gotten them (live ones) a few times in the fish section of the Carrefour near Mulhouse.

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Re: where to find crayfish?

food shop in IKEA?? wow...I never knew they sell such...or I actually haven't heard IKEA has food shop....but this is a great starting point! I already feel like eating a big crayfish dinner~ thanks Glend!
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I've gotten them (live ones) a few times in the fish section of the Carrefour near Mulhouse.

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great great!! instead of a fishing trip, I could go to Mulhouse! I love the french...
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Re: where to find crayfish?

You need to put the trap in a lake or slow moving water

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You need to put the trap in a lake or slow moving water

A trap?.. I thought it was enough just to put my feet in the water....just kidding!

This looks a lot of fun to do. I love going fishing.
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Old 19.01.2011, 18:38
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When I lived in Sweden, every May I could find crayfish sold in supermarket.
But that's part of Swedish culture (loads more fresh water there). I was there in September, once, and they had crayfish parties. My host invited all his mates round, and everybody sat around eating crayfish all evening. You start by sucking the juices from underneath the body/head area -- if you find a female still with eggs stuck around the legs, then you are considered very lucky.
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Does anyone have experience with catching crayfish in Switzerland?
No ... just crabs!
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But that's part of Swedish culture (loads more fresh water there). I was there in September, once, and they had crayfish parties. My host invited all his mates round, and everybody sat around eating crayfish all evening. You start by sucking the juices from underneath the body/head area -- if you find a female still with eggs stuck around the legs, then you are considered very lucky.
oh I miss the crayfish parties...the grilled crayfish, corn and potatos...yummy..

I was there for 3 years and really enjoyed their fresh water products (and the nature of course).

Crabs?? where did you catch/trap crabs??
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food shop in IKEA?? wow...I never knew they sell such...or I actually haven't heard IKEA has food shop....but this is a great starting point! I already feel like eating a big crayfish dinner~ thanks Glend!
Yes. Ikea has them!
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Old 19.01.2011, 19:18
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oh I miss the crayfish parties...the grilled crayfish, corn and potatos...yummy..
Never had them hot/grilled - only straight from the box. I didn't even know if they had been previously cooked/boiled in the preparation/packing stage. I just did as the "natives" did.
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Crabs?? where did you catch crabs??
Sorry, can't quite remember her name (but it's not wise to ask personal questions)

Maybe I shouldn't mix factual replies, with crude humour, within the same post.
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Never had them hot/grilled - only straight from the box. I didn't even know if they had been previously cooked/boiled in the preparation/packing stage. I just did as the "natives" did.

Sorry, can't quite remember her name (but it's not wise to ask personal questions)

Maybe I shouldn't mix factual replies, with crude humour, within the same post.
those packed in the boxes were pre-cooked, so it's fine to just eat straight from the box (after defrosting)...but I liked the taste when they were hot (who doesn't?).

oh the crab part was a joke? my meal is gone....
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Re: where to find crayfish?

I have found some "fluss krebs" (river crabs - known in the US as "crayfish," "crawfish," or "crawdads" depending upon where one is from) at Aldi. They were precooked and shelled and sold in small packages (maybe 200g at the most) in an apparently assorted box with salad shrimp.

They're not so great if you're planning a crawfish boil or something like that (I remember racing crawfish before they went into the pot when I moved to Southeast Texas) but they're decent in a "crawfish alfredo" sauce.
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I remember racing crawfish before they went into the pot when I moved to Southeast Texas
What, the winner got away, and survived the pot?
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What, the winner got away, and survived the pot?
I guess the finish line was a pot...
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I guess the finish line was a pot...

It was long enough ago that THAT detail is lost in the mists of time, I am pretty sure that all the "mud bugs" made it into the pot though. It had been a welcoming party for our family when my father was transferred there from California.

The other part of that which I am fairly certain of is that it is likely that the race was an activity given us kids with the intent of keeping us busy and out of the way of the adults... much like when my auntie sent us out to catch grasshoppers when she was making Grasshopper Pie.
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It was long enough ago that THAT detail is lost in the mists of time, I am pretty sure that all the "mud bugs" made it into the pot though. It had been a welcoming party for our family when my father was transferred there from California.

The other part of that which I am fairly certain of is that it is likely that the race was an activity given us kids with the intent of keeping us busy and out of the way of the adults... much like when my auntie sent us out to catch grasshoppers when she was making Grasshopper Pie.
so you used to believe that the pie was made of grasshoppers?
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so you used to believe that the pie was made of grasshoppers?
As it happens, she hadn't intended to use actual grasshoppers at all, although we kids (my brother, a cousin or two along with another auntie who is a year younger than I) - I was probably about 7 at the time - thought it was a great idea.


If you find some easily attainable crawfish though, I'd like to know... I'd sure love to have a Louisiana style Crawfish Boil sometime.

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