Maryland Blue Crabs Steamed

Tonight’s Dessert Special: Spiced Maryland Blue Crabs! 

Dessert never tasted better! Traditional crab picking began as a meal finisher in Baltimore back in the 1940’s. Scarce to catch, but sweet to taste, blue crabs gave the diner’s pallet a sweet, meaty conversational picking as a final course. Yea, you can pass out fortune cookies or a super crab! Before this dessert status, blue crabs fed the hungry poor along the Wye River and Patapsco River, but both have changed drastically. With Ralph Brunn’s creation of Old Bay Spice and the crab houses’ choice of JO Spice created in 1945, steamed crabs shifted to the present-day feast standard. Built in the bay culture and peppery spice trade, steaming and spicing blue crabs became an art. Pride drove the crab cooking recipes. In fact, the name Old Bay is borrowed from an out of business old steamship company that traveled from Baltimore to Norfolk. Naming the spice after a familiar unique name gave the Chesapeake Bay lovers a rallying cry for crab feasts and spice that will wash down perfectly with a cold one!

Savor a good crab spicing video here.

In Crabs, Size Matters!

No need to use fiction in crab sizing when using the Traditional Chesapeake Grading System. We use this scale to give you quality crabs. The posers call smalls “Standards,” mediums “Selects,” and larges “Premiums.” These terms associate with oysters and shellfish, but not Blue Crabs. 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 crab feasting lover knows that this discrepancy is HUGE! Or should I say not so huge. Our crew takes pride in the exact system of baiting, potting and sizing crabs and know that respecting the Bay parallels to treating the customers right. Bottom line, you’ll pick and enjoy more jumbo, lump and claw meat with a crab measuring 6”-6 ½” point-to-point.

Behold, the true sizes!

Supers: 7+ inches
X-Large: 6 ½ -7 inches
Large: 6-6 ½ inches
Mediums: 5 ½ -6 inches
Small: 5-5 ½ inches

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More Crabby News

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. 

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. 






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