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. This means that there is abundant fresh supply of it.
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. To free itself from its old shell, the crab has to swallow a lot of water so that their bodies will dilate and become big enough to break out of the shell. Once out, it takes around 10 minutes before the process of forming a new shell starts. It takes a couple of days to complete the process after which the hardening of the new shell occurs. And in these few days before the shell starts to harden is the best time to catch these blue crabs. Soft shell crabs are still crabs and not another species since it only takes a while and they will look like a regular crab again. The process of molting is experienced by every crab.
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. You can always buy crab meat anytime of the year, but what is different about these soft shelled crabs is their taste since you can also eat the delicate soft shells which adds a nice crunch to it. 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. This is the reason why it is recommended that you buy them from a good source to get the freshest crabs. If you weight the crabs, it shouldn’t be too light but around 2.5 to 3 ounces are just right. 4 ounce jumbo crabs are a lot better. During the soft shelled blue crab season, it is good to treat yourself to as much of these crabs are you can eat.
Preparation and cooking of these soft shelled crabs can be done in a 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. The time to buy these crabs is the same day that you will cook them and not earlier.