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Maryland Blue Crabs Steamed

Blue Crab Update

Don’t Let Deceiving Crab Houses Sell You Inferior Crab Sizes!

2019 marks the year of fraudulent crab size reporting.  Some online retailers go as far as renaming the size to “bamboozle” the online shopper.  They call smalls “Standards,” mediums “Selects,” and larges “Premiums.”  These terms associate with crabs?  Many watermen hear these terms and think of oysters.  Still other shoppers associate selects or premium as a meat or poultry “feel good term.”  The deception doesn’t stop there.  The Chesapeake Bay Traditional Grading Scale™ designates a large as 6”-6 ½ “.  The new “creative” sizing marks the large as 5 ½”-6 ¼”.  Any Bay enthusiast knows that this discrepancy is HUGE!  Or should I say not so huge, the large sized from the fly-by-night new crab houses. Bottom line, you’ll pick and enjoy more jumbo, lump and claw meat with a crab measuring 6”-6 ½” point-to-point.

All the Crabby Facts 

Join the Chesapeake Bay Crab Eating Frenzy!  A Maryland Blue Crab receives the accolade “Beautiful Swimmer that is savory.” Enthusiasts rave over the olive, bluish-green crustacean with delicately white salty-sweet meat.  Crabbers set their pots strategically in Bay estuaries to capture crabs measuring upwards to 9-plus inches point to point.  Small fish, clams, snails, eelgrass, and sea lettuce nourish Blue Crabs for quite a tasty catch. A catch includes both male and female crabs.  Both receive exact, traditional grading from smalls (5”-5.5”), mediums (5.5”-6.0”), large (6”-6.5”), extra-large (6.5”-7”), and supers (7” plus).

Many enthusiasts enjoy the differences between Male and Female Crabs.  The Male sports a unique inverted t-shaped abdomen while the female exhibits a rounded bell-shaped one along with striking bright red nail polished claws.  Preference arises in the consistently flaky male crab meat compared to the female’s dense quality.  We here at Maryland Blue Crab Express proudly present all sizes and both male and female in dozen, ½ bushel or bushel quantities. Our crew seasons the crabs with JO spice #2 to customer requests: none, light, regular and extra spice. Follow us on Facebook for blogs and recipes for the Blue Crab!

Special Note for Crab Enthusiasts:  When selecting your shipping method, two distinct packing materials keep your crabs ready to eat: gel packs and dry ice.  Overnight transit utilizes gel, while longer travel requires ice packs.  If the crabs freeze due to the ice packs, simply allow the crabs to slowly thaw within the refrigerator to maintain ideal texture and taste. Also, please keep in mind the following chart for serving amounts.  Get your hammers swinging, legs crack'n and meat dipp'n!

1 Dozen Feeds Approximately 1-2 People. 

1/2 Bushels Feed Approximately 5 people. 

Bushels Feed Approximately 10 people. 

Recipes: Fit-friendly Crab Dip. 

You sit there filled to the gills with spicy Maryland Blues and you’re just wondering what to do with the extra, heavy crabs?  Try making rich & creamy Maryland Crab Dip.

Gather your ingredients!

Pick your remaining crabs and fill a measuring cup.

Mix together with a wooden spoon 4 ounces cottage cheese (lower in fat than cream cheese), ¼ cup Monterey Jack (mild & sweet), 1 cup provolone (sharp), 2 tablespoons hummus (Possibly with eggplant for added protein), 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce, 2 teaspoon JO Spice Seafood Seasoning, 1 teaspoon dry mustard. Save ¼ cup provolone as a finishing layer on top.

Fold together all your ingredients gently so your bigger lump pieces remain solid.  Find a casserole container and wipe extra virgin oil inside it.  Place cover over the rich dip.  In a preheated oven at 350 degrees, bake for 30 minutes.  At that time, remove the cover and cook for another 15 minutes.  The top will boast a golden-brown hue with this added time.

Prepare to serve.  Cool for 5 minutes and impress with another round of the Blue Crab delicacy!

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