All about 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. And this is the reason why this is the best time to purchase soft shelled blue crabs since the supply is abundant.
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. 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. This few days slot is when we want to catch them. This shows that a soft shell crab is not another species of the crab family. 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. 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. 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. Look for the crabs that is not lesser than 2 1/2 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.
The crabs may be prepared in an infinite 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.
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.