Jumbo Soft Shell Crabs
Blue crabs go through a molting shredding on their outer shell, leaving a delicate soft shell crab that is exploding with flavor. There are several methods for preparing soft shell crab, you can bake, saut?, deep fry, or pan fry. There are also other ways of cooking that will give equally tasty results. Soft shell crabs are cleaned, individually wrapped, frozen and ready for preparation.
Soft shell crabs are an east coast tradition; out west, the crab is not harvested in its soft stage. The soft crab industry began during the 1870s in Crisfield, Maryland, and today, the shell crab represents a major Chesapeake Bay commercial effort.
The delectable soft shell crab must be caught right after it has molted. If left in the water, its shell will begin to harden in about two hours. Live soft shell crabs are available from late spring to early fall, with May through August the most productive months. They are cleaned and frozen soft shell crabs are available year round.
As the availability of crab increases during the summer, prices drop. You may wish to purchase a quality of soft shells when the price is low and keep them for future use. Clean and wrap them individually before storing them in the freezer. This can easily be accomplished by wrapping the cleaned crab with its legs folded under its body.
Each bag contains 4 x 2.6 oz crabs fully dressed and ready for cooking.
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How to properly defrost frozen seafood: We recommend that all frozen seafood be defrosted by placing product in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours depending upon the density. Never force thaw a product by running it under water (hot or cold as it can cook the product). Not only does this reduce the flavor, but it is also a health hazard.