Monday, November 2, 2009

How To Pick Crabs.

Ahhh. The blue crab. Callinectes sapidus. From the Greek calli = beautiful, nectes = swimmer, and the Latin sapidus = savory.
Now is the season to eat blue crabs, because they are huge. They're fattening themselves up
for the winter, when they bury in
the silt, mud, and sand of their environs.
Check out Jimmie.
We had stopped at Billy's Seafood, on Colington Road, and Mr. Hawthorne asked for a dozen crabs. The going price now is a dozen crabs for $14. We got 15 crabs for $14. What can I say? They like us.
Kinda hard to fit these buggers in the pot. Mr. Hawthorne put about an inch of water in the pot and steamed these crabs for about 18 minutes. But these are huge crabs and there are a lot of them. Normally, we steam them in half the time.
Crabs are messy business, so I spread out some grocery bags.
Mr. Hawthorne's dip in the bowl, back right,
is Balsamic vinegar, malt vinegar, and Old Bay. Me? I'm a butter/lemon kinda gal.
Ooookay. Here's little Jimmie. What to do. What to do.
First, take off the shell.
Remove the gills/lungs.
Remove the apron.
Remove the cartilage/shell at the base.
Crack that baby in half.
Pull off the back fin. This is where jumbo lump crab meat comes from.
After pulling out the back fin, work on each leg, snapping off from the next leg at the body, and getting each chamber of meat.
Claw meat. Sweet. Succulent. It doesn't get much better than this.
Check out the size of this one. For you amateurs out there, here's a step by step on how to pick a crab, thanks to Mr. Hawthorne.
Or could could just pay $21 + a pound for somebody else to do it. But then you'd miss out on all the fun.


Unknown said...

great informative video. Too much trouble I say!

lucy said...

Miss Ann,
It's loosie, I saw the broccoli salad and it is my all time fav!!!!! Except I'm a veggie head so I use Betty Crocker Bacos cause they are all soy mmm mmm mmm. I miss you!!!! I hope to see you around thanksgiving and xmas time:)

Lucy said...

Oh PS I'm at your loverly daughters house and I miss yewwww so much, you are the best mamma around. :)

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Ohhhhh, Loosie Goosie, I miss you so much too. It's been too long. Please come see me!

Rosie Hawthorne said...

And Loosie? You're one of the bestest daughters around!