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#91 Sneakeater

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 12:28 AM

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 12:44 PM

I’m looking to buy soft shells when I’m back for a State-side visit next month. Looks like Chesapeake crabs will still be in season. I’m thinking about ordering them from Linton's. I expect that I’ll be getting them frozen, ideally flash-frozen shortly before shipping, and that’s alright by me, as I’ll be on an island in LI Sound, and God knows how long they'll be sitting around waiting for the ferry. I also read somewhere that live crabs don’t travel well. But my question: does taste/quality differ among (from small to large) hotel/prime/jumbo/whale? I plan to do a simple pan fry and maybe serve with a ponzu sauce.



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Posted 08 July 2019 - 02:20 PM

IMO taste is the same with any size. However, taste does change when purchased frozen or un-frozen but dead.



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Posted 08 July 2019 - 02:54 PM

Does their taste (or, for lack of a better word, their "cookability") degrade so significantly when frozen that I should forego them if I can't get live or "fresh"? When I lived in Philly, I always used live crabs and enjoyed them thoroughly.



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Posted 08 July 2019 - 03:08 PM

Get live crabs or flash frozen ones (once frozen they can be in a -24f freezer for all eternity), not freshly dead ones, is the point.
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