Knowing More about Soft-Shelled Blue Crabs
May and September ranks the most productive months of fresh soft shell crabs. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 indeed a delicacy if you know how to pick the right kind and from the right source. This is the reason why it is recommended that you buy them from a good source to get the freshest crabs. Look for the crabs that is not lesser than 2 1/2 to 3 ounces. If you can find what is known as jumbo’s (4 ounces), this is even better. While it is in season, you should enjoy your soft shelled blue crabs 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. You can put them in buns, you can grill them over hot coals for a smoky aroma, pan-cook them 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. Another thing that you have to remember is to buy them when you intend to cook it on that same day.