All about Soft-Shelled Blue Crabs
May and September ranks the most productive months of fresh soft shell crabs. It is only during late spring and early fall that these blue crabs will be very productive and will have soft shells, and this is because these are the months when they are in their molting stage. 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. Then after a few days the hardening of the new shell will begin. We want to catch these blue crabs before their shell hardens. 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. 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. The jumbo crab which is 4 ounces is the best. While it is in season, you should enjoy your soft shelled blue crabs as much as you can.
Preparation and cooking of these soft shelled crabs can be done in a number of ways. You can either try them battered and deep-fried to a crisp, or floured and shallow-fried. 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. Another thing that you have to remember is to buy them when you intend to cook it on that same day.