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All about Soft-Shelled Blue Crabs
May and September ranks the most productive months of fresh soft shell crabs. The reason why these crabs have soft shells during these months is because they are molting and it is also during these months that they are most productive. This means that there is abundant fresh supply of it.
For the unknowing, in the U.S., these blue crab species have gotten too big for their shells and therefore in order for them to keep growing, they shed their old shell away in exchange for a newer 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. 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.
Anyway, if you have undergone the tedious effort in prying meat from a sharp thick shell of a crab, you know how often you would want to enjoy the pleasure of having a handful of this tasteful meat when you are accommodated with a soft shell crab that is easier to eat. Although crab meat is made available year round, soft shell crab, have an entirely different taste when they are in this state as it includes the delicate soft shells that adds to a nice crunch. 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. 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. 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.
Preparation and cooking of these soft shelled crabs can be done in a number of ways. 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. The time to buy these crabs is the same day that you will cook them and not earlier.