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[STEAMED] 1/2 Bushel Male Maryland Hard Shell Blue Crabs - (2) 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.

Crabby Facts

Sneak a peek and what do you see?

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.  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!” 

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


Get the Stats!


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