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Video: How to Cook Crawfish in the Wild Using Cactus

Cactus hot pockets are some of Mother Nature's finest cookware.

If you've foraged for food and found yourself in a predicament of not having anything to cook with, there's an easy solution if you're out west. For those of us in the Southwest, Texas prickly pear (or any other kind of flat-armed cacti) can be just as useful as a store-bought pot or pan.

According to the video description, YouTubers Zachary Fowler and Chris Thorn decided to join forces in a 30-day survival challenge in Texas earlier this year.

Early on, Fowler apparently decided to start using crawfish traps to gather food, which quickly paid dividends, as you can see from the number of crawfish he has in this video.

Watch the video below:

It's almost hard to believe he didn't just cook those with real equipment between shots. If a "cactus hot pocket," as Fowler calls it, can cook crawfish this well, what else can it cook?

As an adopted Texas resident, I notice Texas prickly-pear cacti pretty much everywhere I go, especially when I'm in a camping environment. So I'm definitely trying this whenever it's time to cook over a fire again!

Fowler says the crawfish take about five minutes to roast in the cactus, which seems fast to me, but I suppose it is directly over heat, right?

"This is wild Texas food," he said. "We're in the middle of a survival challenge and I am eating like a king. These were the first things we started catching down here. (We've been) cooking them in the fats of the other foods we've gotten while we're here. (We've been) frying them up that way, steaming them and this is I think now becoming one of my favorite ways. There's almost a smoky flavor to them being cooked inside of this like they were cooked with green beans or something. That's really good."

Do you know of any other ways you can cook crawfish in a survival situation? Let us know!