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Maryland Blue Crabs Steamed

Maryland Blue Crab Pride

Piles and piles of fat rusty crabs!

The air’s still a bit nippy, but the Blue Crabs are on the move!  Cutting through choppy Bay waves, our crab boats find a way to pull the healthiest and fattest crabs so far, this 2020 Maryland Blue Crab Season.  Bring it on!  We especially cheer for fat rusty crabs!  These crabs have gorged themselves on clams, oysters, insects, fish and even eel grass.  What a bunch of fatties!  Our captain teaches the newbies to hand select these crabs for your online orders. What does this mean for you?  Mounds of jumbo, lump and claw meat ready for a hot butter dipping!

Get feasting on a bushel! 

Steamed Bay Crabs 5”-6”

(6-7 dozen) *

Steamed Jimmy Crabs 5.5”-6.5”

(6 dozen) *

Steamed JUMBO Crabs 6”-7”

(5 dozen) *

Steamed Female Crabs 5”-7”

(5-6 dozen) *

*approximates.

You can tell a fat crab, just by sight.  Listen to the captain’s tips!

Knowing when to select a crab or to throw it back in the Bay requires a keen eye and a quick touch of the shell. “No one likes a bushel of meatless crabs.  What a waste!  These Blues just needed a few more months to fatten up.  We throw “shell crabs” right back in the water, mates!” Also, crabs caught from the muddy bottom may seem heavy, but they’re merely filled with soot from the Bay’s floor. “All crabs have an appetite.  Even the bottom dwellers.  Don’ be tricked by a seemingly heavy crab that’s just filled with mud!” With a careful sorting we leave the light crab for a complete “ripening.” Let Mother Nature grow the crabs. Pick the fatties. That brings us to the tips.

  1. “Check the crab’s belly.  If it appears “rusty” and not shiny, you know you got some good ones.”  Avoid crabs that appear shiny or overly “white” on the undercarriage.
  2. “Press the crab.  Hold down those claws and feel for a solid core.”  A shell filled with jumbo, lump and claw meat will naturally feel dense, full.
  3. “Respect the catch and you’ll have customers who respect the feast!”  We here at Maryland Blue Crab Express always rush the best crabs right to your front door!

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So, you’ve spent the day looking at crab sites for the best crabs for your feast and you feel frustrated on pricing and sizes.  What should you do?  Take a deep breath and celebrate the fact that you clicked on the best crab site online!  Our crew sizes crabs to a scale used by Chesapeake Bay watermen for decades.  We want to impress our customers with larger crabs in each category.  Just take a quick look at the other names for a large.  “Premiums.”  “Selects.” “Standards.”  At Maryland Blue Crab Express, we call a large a “large” and measure it to a Chesapeake Bay Standard, 6”-6.5” point-to-point.  Don’t worry.  We don’t ship meatless crabs either!  Our crabs boast salty-sweet mounds of jumbo, lump and claw meat!  Express your true Maryland Blue Crab sizes to your outdoor feast today!

Crab Sizing & Serving Tips

  • Traditional, True Size Scale:  Supers (7” +), X-Large (6 ½”- 7”), Large (6”-6½”), Medium (5½”-6”), Small (5”-5½”)
  • Serving Sizes: 1 Dozen feeds 1-2 people.  ½ Bushel, 5 people and Bushel, 10 people.  Keep in mind appetites and if you’re serving sides.
  • We take pride in catching, sizing and steaming the best USA Blue Crabs!

 

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