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    Live Hard Crabs

    Hard-shell Maryland crabs are a staple for summers at the shore. Crack open some blue crabs and enjoy them with your favorite sauces.

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    From the Chesapeake Bay directly to your home!  If you would like to steam them yourself, we provide the freshest crabs possible to ensure you have the best crab feast possible!  If ordering more than 1 bushel, each order must be made separately (only 1 bushel can fit in each box).

    Preparation
    How to Steam Maryland Crabs: Order your live Maryland crab online and add 1 part water and 1 part apple cider vinegar to a large pot or crab steamer. Bring liquid to a boil. Add live hard crabs to the pot and sprinkling dry Old Bay crab seasoning on each layer. Cover pot and and wait for steam to escape the lid (about 10 mins). Steam the Maryland blue crabs for 20 to 30 minutes more (until crabs turn orange). If shells are dark red or green spots, then crabs are not fully cooked. Remove crabs from the pot and coat lightly with Old Bay seasoning.

    How many crabs in a bushel?

    SIZE DIMENSIONS APPROXIMATE CRABS IN A BUSHEL
    Standard Crabs 5-5.5 inches 84 – 96 crabs
    Large Crabs 5.5-6 inches 72 – 84 crabs
    Jumbo Crabs 6-6.75 inches 60 – 72 crabs
    Colossal Crabs 6.75 inches or greater 48 – 60 crabs

    Should I order live blue crabs or order steamed crabs?

    We do everything that we can to package your live MD crabs in containers that will help to keep them alive as long as possible. Unfortunately, some of the crabs don't always make it due to environmental factors such as outdoor temperature, handling of the courier, etc. Upon receiving your order, only consume the live crabs and discard any that are no longer moving. We recommend that you order our steamed crabs to ensure 100% edibility when your crabs are delivered. *Cook crabs thoroughly before consuming, do not eat raw or under cooked shellfish*Please note that the average mortality rate is approximately 20% when ordering live Maryland crabs.  Shipping and handling may cause all crabs to be dead (box upside down, thrown around truck, etc.) If this is a concern, then we recommend that you order STEAMED CRABS instead.* We can only offer store credit if death loss is greater than 20%, and we are not able to give any refunds on dead crabs.