Sunday, September 03, 2006
Two weekends ago, Alison and I hopped in the car and drove a few hours to Rehoboth, Delaware. Friends rented a place for the week and invited us down for the weekend, we had great weather, I let myself get a horrible sunburn and we ate and drank well. One thing I'd been wanting to do for a while since being in this area is to try blue crab. It's one of those meals where beer and napkins are a necessity and you'll probably end up hungry and drunk four hours after you start. What could be better?
E, Chad, Sam, Carrie, Brooke. Here we are midway through the meal
My first blue crab. Isn't he sweet? There is a decent about of meat in the two claws, but the majority lies hidden in the sides of the body. Blue crab require more work than say King crab or even Snow crab, and the amount of edible matter is lower despite the increased work required. I like the flavor that the Old Bay seasoning/boil imparts, but occasionally it overpowered the flavor of the crab.
This bag contains a quarter bushel. We got two bags for six people and only had a few leftover. In total we had half a bushel and it was around 85 bucks. We didn't find any special tools were required other than some butter knives used to crack the claws. I found the back of an ice cream scoop useful for the same task.
Getting to the meat of the crab is a time consuming process, but with sweet rewards. One must often multi-task, however, to avoid extreme boredom. Carrie exemplifies this multi-tasking behavior by talk on her phone and dissecting crab at same time.