Click here for live crawfish ordering information and pricing.
See answers below to the most commonly asked FAQ’s pertaining to both local
live crawfish sales! We hope this quick “reference guide” regarding both local live
crawfish sales will help you make an educated buying decision!! Please
direct further order related live crawfish questions to:
or call 1-866-crawdad (24/7) or cell
469-767-BOIL (2645) David Snell.
- 1. How do I select a live crawfish vendor? Why do so many live crawfish suppliers have complicated web sites selling live crawfish?
Do your homework before ordering from any local live crawfish supplier!
We suggest you mandate several recent live crawfish customer referrals before
ordering and find out how many years they have shipped / delivered live crawfish.
There are many online national live crawfish suppliers who find ways to BUILD MARK UP into
"Cajun packages" that can confuse you, the buyer. What you need is live crawfish... a direct, safe,
inexpensive way to get them to you without a lot of "hype"!
- 2. Local and national live crawfish pricing - Why do so many sites have "varied live crawfish pricing" and how do we price our live crawfish?
Many on line suppliers will offer either a "per pound" price or a "Cajun package" price. Per pound pricing
is typically the best, LEAST EXPENSIVE way to purchase, especially in larger amounts... say, 30 pounds plus.
Just be careful that you find out what SIZE that price is being quoted for and you actually get the
size YOU are paying for. Live crawfish prices fluctuate weekly or even daily like gasoline. Do
all these on line suppliers change their web prices daily?
Cajun Crawfish Company offers accurate, up-to-date, DAILY live crawfish pricing so if the market drops say,
25 cents a pound, YOU receive that price deduction! Many sites DO NOT UPDATE these daily dips / fluctuations
on live crawfish pricing. Call us and see versus a few of our online friends!
- 3. How fresh are your live crawfish for local delivery?
We ONLY ORDER live crawfish when YOU order, thus our LIVE crawfish make it to you
just the way you paid for: alive! Several days old "live" crawfish do NOT bring you
back as a customer as the crawfish can be weak and/or dead and dying. We are far too
busy to be worrying about these issues so our suppliers have been with us for awhile!
Straight from the farm and farmers docks to you!
- 4. What sizes (grades) of live crawfish does cajuncrawfishco.com carry?
We will typically sell three sizes or "grades" of live crawfish. Sizes are seasonal!
Small to large are as follows: Field Run (mixed), Washed (medium/few large), Select
(as large as we can get). Live crawfish SIZES start small and get more expensive November
through February and then increase in size and go down in cost as season goes on March through June!
- 5. What months out of the year can I purchase live crawfish?
The earliest we can get Live Louisiana crawfish is mid-November and the latest we can get
live Louisiana crawfish is July 4th weekend.
- 6. Can I buy live "Louisiana" crawfish year round?
NO. Live Louisiana crawfish are NOT available year round! The earliest live Louisiana
crawfish we have ever seen is in November and latest is July 4th weekend.
- 7. Can I buy "Pacific Red" live crawfish during off months?
Yes and no! "Pacific Red" live crawfish are sometimes available from July through
August into September. They are west coast based crawfish that feed on rice
and are closely compared looks-wise and taste-wise to the Louisiana Red swamp live crawfish!
Live crawfish are NOT always available year round as some advertise on line!!
- 8. How do we avoid "dead loss" on local live crawfish orders?
"Dead loss" (multiple pounds dead from shock or dropping or old crawfish) is both locally and
nationally unacceptable! It is avoided by ONLY ordering when YOU call and we confirm YOUR
order same day from the farm/our suppliers! WE do NOT ship or deliver "old" live crawfish as
it simply sets the stage for troubles we would just assume not have! Great care is given to ensure YOUR live crawfish arrive just as their name states: "live"!
If an order ever sustains a dropped box during airport/FedEx shipping, etc., we want to know ASAP so
we may fix the issue. Call owner David Snell direct: cell 469-767-2645
- 9. What is the best way to keep our live crawfish alive until we boil?
Keep live crawfish cool/moist between say 40 to 50 degrees F. by using wet towels on
top of live crawfish bags. KEEP OUT of direct sun light which can dry them up. DO NOT
submerge live crawfish in water to store, they will die! Transport all live crawfish in
shipping boxes or in coolers for local pick up. NO direct wind in bed of truck and NO
submerged water! Best to cook live crawfish same day you get them or within a 24-48
hour window! POINTER: IF crawfish are kept cool and a few look dead or have straight tails cook
ALL of them and then throw away straight tails! If meat falls apart after cooking then that crawfish is no good!
- 10. What does it mean to "purge" live crawfish and do we have to purge our live crawfish before we boil?
NO, you do not have to purge. Purging is a process to help a live crawfish excrete any waste it may be
carrying prior to boiling. Method calls for submerging live crawfish in say a small baby pool with
cold water and salt. Live crawfish submerged 10-15 minutes will reportedly help live crawfish purge
their waste system. They do need to be boiled soon after if you elect to purge! Many live crawfish will
arrive with cleaned veins where purging is a personal preference and NOT mandatory! Crawfish veins are
easier to peel away than say boiled shrimp. So we do NOT typically purge as it is NOT a guaranteed
- 11. How do you boil your live crawfish and veggies and have a consistent flavor each time?
We have a two step boil / soaking method we ALWAYS follow for live crawfish boils. TRUST US!
Our method will make you look like a rock star if you follow it! It takes two pots and burners
OR one pot / burner with a couple bags of ice!
A. Two pots/burners: BOIL live crawfish IN PLAIN WATER for around 10-15 minutes or until they turn
red and start to FLOAT to the top of your pot. (Pull a few to check and make sure meat is white and
NOT opaque and yellow fat is solidified or close to it, not runny.) THEN transfer hot boiled crawfish
to your second pot where water temp is kept at around 120 F. THIS pot is where we suggest you use your
own blend or OUR dry and pure liquid seasoning. The boiled crawfish will raise the water temp to
around 140 degrees which is the BEST SOAKING temp. Crawfish can soak at 130-145F for hours before
they get "soggy". The longer they soak in COOLER than boiling water (best around 140F) the better
they will soak in the seasoning! Same process with your veggies: once they are all boiled let them soak
in second pot.
B. One pot: Go ahead and put all of your seasoning in the boiling pot. Once crawfish are boiled
correctly, turn flame off and then ADD ICE until YOU reduce water temp to around 140F. Let soak at
least 30 minutes and then try. This is good when you have one bag or less. NOT good for doing multiple
batches as it is too time consuming to soak and then bring back to a boil once previous batch has soaked.
Order live crawfish from us and we will MAKE SURE YOU and your live crawfish boil turn out like ours!
WE will offer real time help by calling owner David Snell cell 469-767-2645. If YOU
look good, then WE look good and you buy from us again (we hope)!
- 12. Can Cajun Crawfish Company update us through email of weekly or daily live crawfish pricing?
YES. Please FILL IN YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS on our sign up box found mid-way down on our
home page. We will send weekly updates of "current pricing"
and local locations of where we will be boiling. Look for us in front of local Grapevine and Garland
Texas Bass Pro Shops throughout the 2013 season! We will let you know!!
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- 13. How do you price Local Crawfish?
See question numbers 1 & 2.
- 14. Why should I order my local live crawfish from Cajuncrawfishco.com?
We do what we say we will do! Live crawfish delivered at the most accurate current prices which can
change daily. Our pricing is typically less than our few competitors. We do NOT have a high overhead
as we partner with grocery stores for storage space saving YOU high live crawfish mark-ups! Please ask us
for our live crawfish customer referrals! Let our happy customers sell you... not us!! We rent and sell
all pots/burners and sell seasoning to do your own boil. We supply one-stop shopping with guidance to make your boil
be a success!!
- 15. How do I order local live crawfish from Cajuncrawfishco.com?
Please email your request or call us direct for our most accurate local live crawfish pricing. During the
season (Nov. - July 4th), we can order live Louisiana crawfish OVERNIGHT five times a week! ORDER BY 2 p.m.
weekdays and we WILL have your local live Louisiana crawfish by the next morning.
Email: email@example.com or
972-337-BOIL (2645) or cell 469-767-2645 if you have an immediate need!
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Cajun Crawfish Company hopes that our answers to these most frequently asked questions pertaining
to our local live crawfish sales will help you in selecting a
“reputable” live crawfish vendor and ensure a great boil even if this is your first time!
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