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Maryland Male Blue Crabs by the Half Bushel-(5) Mallets-(5) Crab Bibs-(5) Crab Knives- (1) Lb Crab Spice

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Imagine this exhilarating scenario.  You ordered a half-bushel of steamed Maryland Blues from Blue Crab Trading Company and picked today as the delivery date.  The online ordering form asked which UPS method you wanted, and you chose Next Day Air to get your spicy Jimmies in time for your birthday cookout.  You also found a promo code on Facebook and saved 20% off the crabs.  Everything lines up well.  You’re upstairs in the house and you hear UPS at the door.  After signing for your large box, you take the package in the kitchen and locate your trusty Swiss Army knife.  Slicing the corners and opening the box, you notice a Styrofoam cooler.  “Wow,” you exclaim, "they certainly shipped these beauties well."  Carefully, you tear the packing tape away and behold, fresh smelling crabs measuring 5 ½” to 6 ½” point-to-point.  You know that Blue Crab Trading uses the Chesapeake Bay Traditional Grading Scale and remember that a Jimmy Half Bushel contains Mediums (5 ½”-6”) and Large (6-6 ½”). You yell up to your wife and assert, “Yes, hon. These crabs measure exactly to size!” 

Don’t Get “Bamboozled” by Fraudulent Crab Sizes!

They call smalls “Standards,” mediums “Selects,” and larges “Premiums.”  These terms associate with crabs?  Many watermen hear these terms and think of oysters.  Still other shoppers associate selects or premium as a meat or poultry “feel good term.”  The deception doesn’t stop there.  The Chesapeake Bay Traditional Grading Scale™ designates a large as 6”-6 ½ “.  The new “creative” sizing marks the large as 5 ½”-6 ¼”.  Any Bay enthusiast knows that this discrepancy is HUGE!  Or should I say not so huge, the large sized from the fly-by-night new crab houses. Bottom line, you’ll pick and enjoy more jumbo, lump and claw meat with a crab measuring 6”-6 ½” point-to-point.

In Crabs, size matters!

The bigger the crab, the more jumbo, lump and claw meat for hot-butter dipping. Yes, like a sport. Crabs get weighed and sized like prized fighters.  In this case, they demonstrate some aggressive behavior and our crew knows how to choose hefty and exact sized crabs point-to-point.  Check out the stats.

Supers: 7+ inches

X-Large:  6 ½ -7 inches

Large:  6-6 ½ inches

Mediums:  5 ½ -6 inches

Small:  5-5 ½ inches


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Thinking about entertaining this weekend?  Serve succulent Maryland Blue Crabs in a “Half Bushel” to truly make your party the envy of the town!   We offer 3 sizes:

Jumbo Crabs consist of LargeExtra-Large and Legend Crabs from 6 to 7+ inches.

    - Approximately 2.5 to 3 dozen per 1/2 bushel.

Jimmy Crabs consist of Medium and Large  Crabs from 5 1/2 to 6 inches.

    - Approximately  to 3.5 dozen per 1/2 bushel.

Bay Crabs consist of Small and Medium Crabs from to  inches.

    - Approximately 3.5 to 4 dozen per 1/2bushel.

*Female/Sook Crabs consist of Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large Crabs from 5-7 inches.

 -Approximately 3-4dozen per 1/2 bushel.

The mix of crabs are random and not set proportions of how many of each size. It depends on the days daily catch. 

Recommended serving quantities are as follows: * 1/2 Bushels will feed 5 people. 

Warning: These meaty delicious crabs come from our secret crabbing grounds and are sure to satisfy any seafaring crowd. 

*This Package includes (5) Mallets-(5) Crab Bibs-(5) Crab Knives- (1) Lb Crab Spice