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Seafood boil on the beach

Crabs, clams, cod, corn—all in one pot. How to throw an old-fashioned seafood boil, West Coast–style

Seafood cookout essentials
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Seafood cookout essentials

Everything you need to throw your own party on the beach:

The ingredients. Clean and cut vegetables and fruit ahead of time, packing the components for each dish in separate containers. You don’t want the adventure of the day to be ruined because you didn’t prep.

The gear. For cooking, use a 20-quart canning pot. You’ll also need: cheesecloth, kitchen scissors, tongs, barbecue mitts, a propane lighter, a cutting board, a chef’s knife, a dutch oven, wooden spoon, and serving dishes and tools.

The fire. Check that your beach allows fires. You can build yours in a pit, using a grate with legs (Stansport camp grill, from $22; stansport.com), but a charcoal grill grate set on bricks will also work.

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