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Enjoying Your 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. To free itself from its old shell, the crab has to swallow a lot of water so that their bodies will dilate and become big enough to break out of the shell. Once out, it takes around 10 minutes before the process of forming a new shell starts. 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. The soft shelled blue crabs are thus, not another crab species but belongs to the same crab family. It is not only these blue crabs that experience molting but every type of crab for that matter.

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. 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 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. 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.

Preparation and cooking of these soft shelled crabs can be done in a 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.

Although you can have them cleaned already before bringing them home, it is not really that important since it is easy to do it at home and you are sure that it is not contaminated. Don’t buy the crabs until you intent to eat them that day.

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