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. 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. 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. This shows that a soft shell crab is not another species of the crab family. It is not only these blue crabs that experience molting but every type of crab for that matter.
Soft shelled blue crabs will give you an easier time to eat the crab meat since you don’t have to exert so much effort in prying meat out of the shell just like you do with the regular crab. 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. Soft shelled blue crabs are a delicacy but you need to know how to pick the right kind from the right source. If you want to buy fresh crabs, you need to buy them from a good source. 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. While it is in season, you should enjoy your soft shelled blue crabs as much as you can.
There are many ways that you can prepared these crabs. You can either try them battered and deep-fried to a crisp, or floured and shallow-fried. Crabs can be made into a sandwich, grilled for a smoky aroma, or pan cooked 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.