All about Soft-Shelled Blue Crabs
The months when soft shelled blue crabs are in abundance are during the months of May and September. 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.
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. Swallowing a lot of water to make their bodies bigger is how a crab breaks out of 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. The soft shelled blue crabs are thus, not another crab species but belongs to the same crab family. The process of molting is experienced by every crab.
It takes effort to take meat out of a regular crab but with the soft shelled crab, eating its meat is a lot easier. 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. The weight of the crab should not be lighter than 2.5 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. You can put them in buns, you can grill them over hot coals for a smoky aroma, pan-cook them in olive oil.
If you want to be sure that your crabs are clean, you can do the cleaning when you are arrive at home. The time to buy these crabs is the same day that you will cook them and not earlier.