WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT MARYLAND BLUE CRABS?

Maryland Blue Crabs are really unlike any other crab in the world, thanks to the growing conditions and the type of estuary we have in the Chesapeake Bay. The need for hibernation is the main reason Maryland crabs taste better than other types of crab — and also tastes better than blue crabs from other waters. Just like other creatures that hibernate, crabs need to build up fat stores to sustain them through the winter during which they lie dormant buried in the sand. This gives the crabs that buttery flavor you won’t find anywhere else.

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT MARYLAND BLUE CRABS?

Maryland Blue Crabs are really unlike any other crab in the world, thanks to the growing conditions and the type of estuary we have in the Chesapeake Bay. The need for hibernation is the main reason Maryland crabs taste better than other types of crab — and also tastes better than blue crabs from other waters. Just like other creatures that hibernate, crabs need to build up fat stores to sustain them through the winter during which they lie dormant buried in the sand. This gives the crabs that buttery flavor you won’t find anywhere else.

CRAB SIZES

The #1 Male crab, also known as a “Jimmy”, are typically the most sought after crabs. They are easily identified by their blue claws and  inverted t-shaped apron which resembles the Washington Monument. #1 Males tend to have flakier meat.

The #2 Male crab, are smaller Jimmys. They are typically caught right after shedding their old shell and have not quite filled out their new bigger shell.

Jumbo crabs are simply very large Jimmys. These crabs are a rarity and therefore are not always available.

The Females, also known as “Sook” can  be identified  by the orange color on the tips of the claws or their dome shaped apron. The Sooks are typically sought after for the sweet taste and the egg roe that sometimes is present inside the crab.  Sooks tend to have denser meat.

HOW DO I KNOW I’M GETTING THE REAL DEAL?

The world of crabs has become so complicated with product coming in from Venezuela, China, the Philippines and Indonesia that it’s nearly impossible to know what kind of crab meat product you’re truly getting. That’s where the True Blue program comes in to help you identify the REAL Maryland Blue Crab products from the cheaper, less palatable alternatives. Cameron’s Seafood is proud to be a True Blue certified partner which means that we sell 100% authentic Maryland crabs, crab meat and crab cakes.

HOW TO EAT MARYLAND BLUE CRABS LIKE A PRO

1. Twist off the legs and claws off the body. Discard the legs and put the claws aside for now.

2. Pull off the apron (the flap located on the abdomen).

3. Turn the crab over and pull upward on the shell from the back of the crab peeling it forward.

4. Grab each side firmly and bend in the middle, breaking in half. Take each half and break those in half too.

5. Pick the meat from each half. (Pro tip: slide the extracted meat across the top shell to pick up some delicious seasoning)

6. Crack the claws with a mallet and extract the meat.

Chef Austin Preparing Fresh Blue Crabs

Chef Austin Preparing Fresh Blue Crabs from Cameron's Seafood Market. Shop Our Selection of Great Seafood Tools http://evkitch.com/2z2bUjz

Posted by Everything Kitchens on Friday, October 6, 2017

HOW TO EAT MARYLAND BLUE CRABS LIKE A PRO

Twist off the legs and claws off the body (put the claws aside for now).

Pull off the apron (the flap located on the abdomen).

Turn the crab over and pull upward on the shell from the back of the crab peeling it forward.

Grab each side firmly and bend in the middle, breaking in half.

Pick the meat from each half. (Pro tip: slide the extracted meat across the top shell to pick up some delicious seasoning)

Crack the claws with a mallet and extract the meat.

Chef Austin Preparing Fresh Blue Crabs

Chef Austin Preparing Fresh Blue Crabs from Cameron's Seafood Market. Shop Our Selection of Great Seafood Tools http://evkitch.com/2z2bUjz

Posted by Everything Kitchens on Friday, October 6, 2017

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