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How to Pick a Crab

How to Pick a Crab - Maryland Style

To pick crabs, you should first have a plentiful supply of hot, steamed, Maryland blue crabs, which you can find at the Red Roost. You should have a large table that can withstand the pounding of the mallets and the pointy shells of the crab. Don't go picking crabs on your best table surface. Ideally, a picnic table is best. Next, cover the table with a thick layer of newspaper. This will help to protect the table surface. Gather together small bladed, sharp knives, small wooden mallets, a roll or two of paper towels, a large trash can, several friends, and some cold brew. You might also want some extra crab seasoning, such as Old Bay Seasoning, or some vinegar for dipping the meat into.

Here is the way we pick crabs down on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Of course, any way that will yield that great tasting crab meat is the right way, but some ways are undoubtedly more efficient than others.

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