Enjoying Your 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. And this is the reason why this is the best time to purchase soft shelled blue crabs since the supply is abundant.
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. The shell then hardens after a few days. We want to catch these blue crabs before their shell hardens. This shows that a soft shell crab is not another species of the crab family. 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. 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 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. Look for the crabs that is not lesser than 2 1/2 to 3 ounces. 4 ounce jumbo crabs are a lot 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. You can dip the crabs in batter and deep fry them until they are really crispy or you can simply put flour and fry it in a shallow pan. Crabs can be made into a sandwich, grilled for a smoky aroma, or pan cooked in olive oil.
You can also get them cleaned up before bringing them home, but it is easy to do that at home where you have better control of it being contaminated. Another thing that you have to remember is to buy them when you intend to cook it on that same day.