What is artificial crabmeat made of? Is there shellfish in it, or will it affect shell fish allergies?
Qryztufre from Athens, TN
Qryztufre: I don't think it's made from shellfish but rather some kind of white fish, perhaps cod but I am not real sure. Why not go to your store and copy down some info from a package of imitation crab, such as the company name and website or phone #. Then I'd just ask the company what it contains. Also you might go to www.ask.com and ask your question there.
My girlfriend & I were at a Chinese buffet a few days ago & the question came up between us. They were busy so we did not bother to ask them *shrug*
The thought really never crossed my mind to look in the grocery store...the first thing that popped into my slightly oversized head to ask here at thriftyfun.com (as I check here daily).
I personally love the taste of it (though do prefer real crab) so I was wondering what was in it... *shrug* hehe...I'm one of those people that google almost everything...and here I am skipping a step ;)
My grandson's doctors said to NOT give him shellfish till he was like two or something (or if we did to do it in a hospital) in case he had a reaction ~ as such reactions are often lethal.
So maybe I will look it up (later)...but in a way, I'm glad I came here, as I did search here first. Now all of us can have the answer.
thriftyfun.com is better then ask.com *smirk*
I just pulled my package out of the fridge---going to make crab patties!!!
Here is the list of ingredients: Alaska Pollock,water,potato starch,sugar,sorbitol, contains 2% or less of the following:King crab meat,natural and artifical flavor, extracts of crab, oyster,Lobster,scallop,shrimp, and fish (salmon/anchovyand cutlassfish) Salt, rice wine, modified tapioca starch, hydrolyzed soy and whey proteins, autoyzed yeast extract, disodium inosinate and guanylate, sodium pyrophosphate, color
That is what it says on my package!! The brand is: Crab Classic imitaion crab meat!
So, hopefully that solves the mystery!!!
hehe...there is CRAB in artificial crab meat...
that *IS* good to know!
Each brand is a little different-mostly white fish with flavors and colors, etc. I use it all the time in salads, quiches, casseroles, etc.
Usually pollack meat is made into a paste called summi.To this is added sugar,sorbitol,wheat,egg whites,veg.or soybean oil,natural or artifical crab flavorings.Carmine,carmael,paprika,annatto extract is used to make the crab's red,orangs or pink coloring.In Maine it is against the law to sell artifical crab,lobster or othe rfish products.In Maine you get the real thing.
pollack = tastes like crabmeat
monkfish = tastes like lobster
My mom loves this stuff but I have always pictured a fish swimming around dressed as a crab, you know trying to blend into the crab families. LOL sorry just a funny.
At the bottom of the ingredient list it says Allergen Information: Contains alaska pollock, salmon, anchovy, cutlassfish, crab, oyster, lobster, scallop, shrimp, soy and milk. I would take that to mean, if you are allergic to any of those ingredients....don't eat it.
This stuff is great in pasta salads or just warmed and dipped in melted butter.
hi just start liking veg sushi and one day saw one called imation crab i ask the person behind the counter whats it from and was told soy patty.
In the case of shellfish allergies, an adverse reaction can be LETHAL. PLEASE don't expose your grandson to anything that could even remotely trigger a reaction. My son also has shellfish allergies and we have found that restaurant staff doesn't always know what is in a product.
Is some cases, things that are considered "safe" have been cooked in broth that contains essences of trigger substances. Use caution with broths, sauces, gravies, etc.
I just returned from the hospital after eating crab rangoon which is made from imitation crab meat. I though it was safe. being 26 weeks pregnant I had more than I normally do and had a really bad reaction.. Do not eat if you are allergic to shellfish!
Artificial crab is made of all the gross stuff left at the end of processing pollack. I saw it on the Discovery Channel and it was really gross. All the bits and pieces of pollack, and anything else that accidentally slips in, are pulverized into a paste called summi. Most of this is sold to Japan, but a lot of it is made into artificial crab. I'll never eat it again. YuK!
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