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Apparatus for peeling crustacea such as crawfish

A crawfish peeling device provides a post that can be mounted on a tray. The post has first and second end portions, the first end portion having a slotted passageway, appointed tip, a pair of tapered flanges that are spaced apart on opposite sides of the slotted passageway and a ramp that is at the bottom of the slotted portion for catching the edible meat product when the user threads the tail upon the tip and then moves the tail from the first to the second end portion of the post. The present invention also provides an improved method of peeling a crustacea such as a crawfish or crawfish that includes the step of providing a post that has first and second end portions, the first end portion having a tip, a slot, tapered flanges on opposite sides of the slot, and a ramp at one end portion of the slot opposite the tip. The crawfish tail is threaded upon the tip. The tail is then moved toward the ramp. The tip and flanges are used to spread apart the tail shell section so that the edible meat product remains in the slot. The ramp can optionally be used to eject the edible meat product from the slot.

Method and apparatus for peeling crawfish

A method and apparatus for peeling crawfish or crayfish includes a machine frame that supports a peeling mechanism, preferably in the form of a pair of rollers rotatably mounted to the frame in a position that receives crawfish one at a time from a conveyor. The conveyor transports the crawfish to be peeled, the conveyor having first and second end portions. In the preferred embodiment, the conveyor includes multiple conveyor belts, at least two of which are positioned one above the other below the crawfish for sandwiching the crawfish therebetween to support them during use. The conveyor in combination with an alignment member straightens the tail portion of the crawfish and delivers the crawfish to the peeling mechanism. The alignment member can include an inclined plate or ramp that gradually extends the tail of the crawfish as the conveyor transports the crawfish toward the peeling mechanism.

Automated method and apparatus for the extraction of edible products from crawfish and similar crustaceans

The present invention provides automated devices and methods for extracting substantially all the tail meat from the crawfish exoskeleton. The devices and methods consistently remove the intestinal tract, without damage to the meat, and are capable of processing crawfish of all sizes and shell hardness at a rate greater than that of hand peeling.

Crawfish tail peeler

Apparatus for separating edible tal portions of crawfish and similar crustaceans from exoskeletal portions thereof, the present invention comprises a first roller having a concave lateral peripheral edge surface which is opposed at a substantially constant spacing by a convex lateral peripheral edge surface of a second roller, the rollers being rotated in opposite senses to receive the exoskeletal portions of the crawfish between the opposing peripheral edge surfaces of the rollers. Rear margins of the flippers of the crawfish are grasped between the counter rotating rollers, the exoskeletal portions covering the tail being pulled between the rollers to peel said exoskeletal portions from the edible portions and to simultaneously devein the crawfish tail.


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