Knowing More 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. 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. 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. This shows that a soft shell crab is not another species of the crab family. 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. 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 indeed a delicacy if you know how to pick the right kind and from the right source. 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. While it is in season, you should enjoy your soft shelled blue crabs as much as you can.
There are many ways that you can prepared these crabs. Deep fried with batter or shallow fried with flour, whatever your recipe for blue crabs are, they will surely satisfy your appetite. You can put them in buns, you can grill them over hot coals for a smoky aroma, pan-cook them 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.