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[STEAMED] Maryland Hard Shell Bushel Blue Crabs -(4) mallets


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  • Overnight 1 Day Shipping Orders-2-5 Day Orders Will Ship With Dry Ice and May Partially Or Entirely Freeze Product. 
  • Due to steaming and shipping process we can not enure exact spicing requests. 

Did you know that the Chesapeake Bay wears the title as “The Largest Estuary of the World”?

Ideal conditions exist for those crawling and yes, swimming Blue Crabs. In fact, Bay professionals tally the number at 600 million for this entire crabbing season. Captain James paused in his bushel organizing and smiled with a truly robust grin and said, “This year’s Bay conditions give our Blues a perfect growing sanctuary. Fat crabs, lump meat, everything our fans like!” The perfect mix of saltwater and fresh, better known as brackish create salty-sweet meat within the crab’s armor. In fact, five rivers run into the Bay and the Virginia tidal water establishing a perfect home for our Beautiful Swimmers. The Susquehanna, Potomac, Rappahannock, York and James churn the waters into a habitat perfect for spawning and crab activities. Captain James warns us that winter and icy temperatures can change the game, but for now, let Fat Crab Season continue! Click here to read more at our blog.

Even the Native Americans enjoyed the Blues! 

Crabby Facts

Early Native Americans picked Blue Crabs too!  The Powhatan, Nanticoke, and Piscataway tribes enjoyed the plentiful crab supply in the largest estuary in America, the Chesapeake Bay.  In fact, scientists claim hundreds of millions of meaty crustaceans fill the bay.  The Indians mixed their diet.  Sometimes, they ate a crab and slurped an oyster.  The Bay offers many options and so do the cooking choices.  Possibly, you may want to continue using the grill and get your hands-on live crabs.  Maybe, you like stirring up some tasty soup in your galley kitchen.  The most popular choice remains steaming, however.  Find a large stockpot and mix water, beer and vinegar on the bottom and get a grate to set the spiced Blues.  You may want to use JO spice #2 since that brand brings out the best pop to the taste.  Allow them to steam for 20-30 minutes and you have amazing crabs, hon!  News break!  Good news.  We’ll save you the time and steam the crabs for you.  Take a gander at our online store for your choices from Bays to Jumbos!

Yes, Crabs have a WOW factor.

Crawling around the lagoon and estuary waters with their close cousins, the succulent shrimp and luscious lobster, Blue Crabs receive their own honor, Beautiful Swimmer that is savory.  Blue Crabs serve as a necessary predator in the Chesapeake Bay and waterways from Nova Scotia to Uruguay.  Fishing organizations know this fact and have limited the crabbing amounts and season to ensure the ecosystems stay healthy.  When feasting, Blue Crabs munch on mussels, snails, fish, eelgrass, and even smaller Blue Crabs.  Weak or Soft Shells must hide from these ravenous Blues.  In fact, when crabs mate, the male crab holds onto the Soft-Shell female until a new shell grows.  (Male crabs court with the female when she molts her shell.)  This act of kindness shows a Blue losing his crabby ways! 

 

Decide on your size. 

Our watermen grade and size to the Traditional Chesapeake Bay Grading System.  We proudly load your custom crab cooler and ship your crabs to your selected destination.

Category #1 Jumbo Bushels hold large and extra-large crabs from 6 to 7 inches and hold about 60 crabs.

Category #2 Jimmy Bushels consist of medium and large crabs from 5.5 to 6.5 inches and arrive with about 72 crabs.

Category #3 Bay Bushels consist of small and medium crabs from to inches fill a bushel with about 84 crabs.

Category #4 Female Bushels hold small, medium, large and extra-large crabs from 5-7 inches.  Prepare for about 84 crabs.