Soft Shells and Weekend Specialties 4.6.17 April 05 2017 Posted in
We thought they would never come. Finally, Soft Shells will be in the store this Friday and until they’re sold out. For those of you who don't know, soft shells on the east coast refer to Blue Crabs which have recently molted their old exoskeleton and are typically available from April to September. They begin to molt when water temperatures rise and the soft shell season works its way from south to north with the first availability typically coming from Florida before the season begins in the in the Chesapeake Bay, where over 90% of the total Soft Shell catch comes from. Over its two to three year lifespan, a blue crab outgrows and sheds its shell about 20 times! Once the blue crab molts, it typically takes four days for its shell to harden and in between, as you may know, the shell is soft enough to eat (thus Soft Shells). Watermen harvest soft shell crabs as peelers (about to shed), rank peelers (within hours of shedding), and busters (in the process of shedding). Soft Shells are great sautéed in butter or fried up as soft shell crab sandwich, and all they need is a simple cleaning.
Plymouth, Plymouth Bay, MA
We hope you'll stop by this weekend and take advantage! Stay tuned next Thursday for another edition of specialty items. Please note that occasionally items listed will not make it to our store due to weather or unforeseen supply issues.
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