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Operating / Cooking Instructions
WARNING

When using the Crawfish Cooker please keep in mind that it is important to never fill the Cooker overthe marked “Max Fill” line.  Doing so could result in the unit becoming top heavy and creating an unsafe condition.

WARNING

NEVER light unit without first adding water for steaming or boiling.  Failure to do so, could result in a hole burned in the bottom of the pot, discoloration, scratching, and/or dimpling

How to cook?
ADDING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF WATER:

If cooking 1 full sack of crawfish (50lbs; max capacity), fill to the max fill line found on the inside of the basket.

If cooking less than 1 sack start by filling the Basket with the crawfish / shrimp / crab you intend to cook.

Next, add water until it fully covers the crawfish / shrimp / crab in the Basket.

Under no circumstance should the water level ever be above the Max Fill line.

Next, remove the seafood and set aside.

ADD THE SPICES:

Add the spices that you like.

We recommend crawfish seasoning bags that are available from a variety of manufacturers and found at your local Academy store during crawfish season.

Follow the directions on the seasoning bag.

BRING THE WATER TO A ROLLING BOIL:

The time required to bring the water to a rolling boil will vary based on multiple conditions including the amount of water used, ambient temperatures and wind.

Approximate time to achieve a rolling boil is appox. 28 minutes.

COOKING THE SEAFOOD:

Once the water is at a rolling boil, cautiously place seafood into the basket using elbow length oven mitts

or other safety equipment that prevents the user from being burned or scalded.

Once the seafood is in, gently stir the ingredients to ensure there is a good mix of seasoning throughout.

Close the cover and return to a rolling boil.

Approximate time to achieve a rolling boil is 10 - 15 minutes.

Crawfish / Crab / Shrimp Boil
  • For the Single sack crawfish cooker, fill to max fill line with water. Add crawfish seasoning based on your preferred spice level.
  • Bring water to a rolling boil. Add seafood.
  • Gently stir. Close the lid and return to rolling boil.
  • BOILING TIMES: Shrimp - 2 minutes; Crawfish - 5 minutes; Crabs - 5 minutes. (per pound)
  • Turn off the burner.
  • Gently stir the seafood again and let it soak.
  • SOAKING TIME: Shrimp - 5 to 10 minutes; Crawfish and Crabs - 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Seafood usually floats on the surface while soaking which limits their intake of seasoning. To counter this, carefully add about 4 pounds of ice to the pot, allowing it to float on the surface of the liquid. The sudden change of temperature causes the seafood to sink and increase the seasoning absorption.
  • Try including creamer potatoes, fresh sweet corn on the cob cut in thirds, fresh mushrooms, cloves of garlic, fresh peeled onions, and smoked sausage or andouille sausage. HINT: Allow potatoes extra cooking time by adding them to the boiling seasoned water 5 to 10 minutes early.
What types of liquid can be filled into the cooking vessel?

DO NOT USE WITH OIL. THIS APPLIANCE IS INTENDED FOR USE WITH WATER ONLY.

Can I use it at home?

NEVER operate this appliance indoors or any enclosed area. THIS COOKER IS FOR OUTDOOR USE ONLY.

What if you smell gas?

If you smell gas:

  • Shut off gas to the appliance.
  • Extinguish any open flame.
  • If odor continues, keep away from the appliance and immediately call your fire department.
    Failure to follow these instructions could result in fire or explosion which could cause property damage, personal injury or death.
CAUTION

Allow unit to fully cool (115˚F or 46˚C) before performing any cleaning.

Proper care and appliance maintenance will keep your product operating smoothly.

SUGGESTED CLEANING MATERIALS:

How to clean?
  • Before cleaning turn off the boiler at the regulator / manual valve then at the gas cylinder.
    Check that there is no flame, gas smell and the valves are in off position.
    Next, make sure unit is properly disconnected from propane tank prior to any cleaning.
  • Before removing the water, let the water / unit completely cool down to 115˚F or 46˚C.
    As a precaution use protective heat resistant gloves.
    The valve requires a garden hose fitting with a 1” diameter (sold separately - consult your local hardware store) to connect to a standard water hose.
    Use a hose or set a bucket under the valve. Open valve and drain the water from the Boiler.
    If using a bucket, open valve slowly to prevent from spilling. Any remaining water can be scooped from the boiler and placed in an approved container.
  • Everything that was in contact with the food must be hand washed with warm soapy water and nylon pad.
    If the boiler has black soot cooked on to the outside finish, scrub this down with a steel wool scouring pad.
    DO NOT spray oven cleaner on aluminum pots to remove grease or soot. It will cause the finish to become dull.
    If food remains stuck to the aluminum basket add hot water and let it soak, after cooling, scrub withsteel wool.
    If hard water causes darkening on the interior of your boiler, fill to the level of the darkened area with a water and cream of tartar or vinegar solution
    (mixed concentration of three cups of water to one tablespoon cream of tartar or vinegar).
    Boil five to ten minutes.
  • Confirm that all components are completely dry before using or placing in storage.
  • Store all components in a dry, covered location when not in use with the cylinder not attached.
* NOTE: Clean the entire appliance each year and tighten all hardware on a regular basis (1-2 times a year or more depending on amount of use)
CAUTION

Check burner and manifold tube for insect nests. A clogged tube can obstruct proper gas flowand can result in fire beneath the cooking appliances. Prevent blockages by inspecting andcleaning burner and manifold tube regularly.

DANGER

NEVER insert any tool or foreign object into the valve outlet or safety relief valve. You may damage the valve or cause leaking, which can lead to explosion, fire, personal injury or death.

What is the problem if the boiler takes too long or will not heat water?
My cookers' flame appearance is very weak.

If the hose assembly has Type1 Connection (black/green knob), it is equipped with a flow limiting device.

This device is intended to limit the flow of gas should these be a leak between the regulator and the appliance.

To achieve a positive gas seal, which will allow for maximum gas flow, the regulator control must be send to a completely OFF position before the cylinder valve is opened.

The Problem Can be Remedied in Two Ways:

  1. Turn the regulator control to the OFF position. Close the tank valve completely by turning it clockwise until it stops.
  2. Check that the Type1 Connection (black / green knob) is completely tightened to the tank valve.
  3. Wait 5 seconds for the pressure to equalize and for the flow limiting device to reset.
  4. Turn tank valve ON (counterclockwise).
  5. Turn the regulator control to an ON position.
  6. Relight cooker following all lighting instructions contained in this manual. Check for proper flame characteristics.

OR

  1. Turn the regulator control to the OFF position. Close the tank valve completely by turning clockwise until it stops.
  2. Remove Type 1 Connection (black / green knob) from the tank valve. The flow limiting device will now reset.
  3. Re-attached Type 1 Connection (black / green knob) to the tank valve. Tighten completely.
  4. Turn tank valve ON (counterclockwise).
  5. Turn the regulator control to an ON position.
  6. Relight cooker following all lighting instructions contained in this manual. Check for proper flame characteristics.
How long will propane in my tank last?

On average, a full tank will give you 4 to 5 hours of normal cooking.


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