A very good friend was at the Albany Show, and he presented me with a "Crack'n Crab Cleaner", that has been developed from a small company on the coast. I have always cleaned my crab before the cook as to allow my spices to get into the meat of the crab. ODFW recommends that you should clean before cook as to reduce the amount of domoic acid to enter the meat if the crab was whole when you cook it. If you are interested in finding out more about the device, look up Tealcrab.com on the internet. I am looking forward to using mine.