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

This is how these crabs get soft shells: Every crab will grow bigger and as they do so, their shells don’t and so if they are still growing, the need to shed their old tight shell so that they can grow a newer 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. Then after a few minutes out of its old shell, a new shell starts to form. Then after a few days the hardening of the new shell will begin. And in these few days before the shell starts to harden is the best time to catch these blue crabs. 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.

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. 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. If you want to buy fresh crabs, you need to buy them from a good source. If you weight the crabs, it shouldn’t be too light but around 2.5 to 3 ounces are just right. The jumbo crab which is 4 ounces is the best. 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 either try them battered and deep-fried to a crisp, or floured and shallow-fried. Other ways to prepare crabs are putting them in buns, grilling over hot coals to have that smoky aroma, or simply pan friend 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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