The Art of Mastering Seafood

All about Soft-Shelled Blue Crabs

The months when soft shelled blue crabs are in abundance are during the months of May and September. It is only during late spring and early fall that these blue crabs will be very productive and will have soft shells, and this is because these are the months when they are in their molting stage. This means that there is abundant fresh supply of it.

As crabs grow older, the also grow bigger and since their shells don’t grow big with them, then need to break their old shell and start growing a new and bigger one. In sequence, its way of discharging their old shell is to swallow water in order to dilate its body, enough to break away from its old shell. It only take a few minutes after breaking out of its old shell before its new shell starts to grow. Then after a few days the hardening of the new shell will begin. We want to catch these blue crabs before their shell hardens. This shows that a soft shell crab is not another species of the crab family. All crabs for that matter goes through the process of molting.

Soft shelled blue crabs will give you an easier time to eat the crab meat since you don’t have to exert so much effort in prying meat out of the shell just like you do with the regular crab. You can always buy crab meat anytime of the year, but what is different about these soft shelled crabs is their taste since you can also eat the delicate soft shells which adds a nice crunch to it. Soft shelled blue crabs are a delicacy but you need to know how to pick the right kind from the right source. This is the reason why it is recommended that you buy them from a good source to get the freshest crabs. If you weight the crabs, it shouldn’t be too light but around 2.5 to 3 ounces are just right. If you can find what is known as jumbo’s (4 ounces), this is even better. During the soft shelled blue crab season, it is good to treat yourself to as much of these crabs are you can eat.

There are many ways that you can prepared these crabs. Deep fried with batter or shallow fried with flour, whatever your recipe for blue crabs are, they will surely satisfy your appetite. You can put them in buns, you can grill them over hot coals for a smoky aroma, pan-cook them in olive oil.

If you want to be sure that your crabs are clean, you can do the cleaning when you are arrive at home. Another thing that you have to remember is to buy them when you intend to cook it on that same day.
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