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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. So during these months, there is really abundant supply of soft shelled blue crabs.

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. Swallowing a lot of water to make their bodies bigger is how a crab breaks out of its old shell. It only take a few minutes after breaking out of its old shell before its new shell starts to grow. It takes a couple of days to complete the process after which the hardening of the new shell occurs. This few days slot is when we want to catch them. This shows that a soft shell crab is not another species of the crab family. The process of molting is experienced by every crab.

It takes effort to take meat out of a regular crab but with the soft shelled crab, eating its meat is a lot easier. Crab meat you can always buy any time of the year, but these soft shelled crabs are not always available and they taste differently since you can eat their soft shells which gives you dish a nice crunch. It is indeed a delicacy if you know how to pick the right kind and from the right source. If you want to buy fresh crabs, you need to buy them from a good source. The weight of the crab should not be lighter than 2.5 to 3 ounces. 4 ounce jumbo crabs are a lot better. During the soft shelled blue crab season, it is good to treat yourself to as much of these crabs are you can eat.

The crabs may be prepared in an infinite number of ways. Deep fried with batter or shallow fried with flour, whatever your recipe for blue crabs are, they will surely satisfy your appetite. Crabs can be made into a sandwich, grilled for a smoky aroma, or pan cooked 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. Don’t buy the crabs until you intent to eat them that day.

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