Enjoying Your Soft-Shelled Blue Crabs
If you are looking to buy soft shelled blue crabs make sure that you look for them during the months when they are really abundant and that is during the months of May and September. They have soft shells because during late spring and early fall these blue crabs are in their molting stage and is most productive during this months. 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. Then after a few days the hardening of the new shell will begin. This few days slot is when we want to catch them. Soft shell crabs are still crabs and not another species since it only takes a while and they will look like a regular crab again. The process of molting is experienced by every crab.
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. IT is important to pick the right kind of crabs from the right source so that you can eat this soft shelled blue crab which is truly a delicacy. Buying your soft shelled blue crabs from the best sources will ensure that you have the freshest supply of crabs. The weight of the crab should not be lighter than 2.5 to 3 ounces. The jumbo crab which is 4 ounces is the best. Because it is a seasonal summer dish, enjoy it as much as you can.
There are many ways that you can prepared these crabs. You can dip the crabs in batter and deep fry them until they are really crispy or you can simply put flour and fry it in a shallow pan. You can put them in buns, you can grill them over hot coals for a smoky aroma, pan-cook them in olive oil.
You can also get them cleaned up before bringing them home, but it is easy to do that at home where you have better control of it being contaminated. Don’t buy the crabs until you intent to eat them that day.