good are our crabs? Let’s just say, unbelievably
(Check out our boats here.)
Crabs swim all along the East Coast and weigh down our pots with all
sizes. We grade small (5”-5.5”), medium
(5.5”-6”), large (6”-6.5”), x-large (6.5”-7”) and super (7” +) with precision. We take pride in honesty and getting your
crabs quickly to you with zero shipping charge! Maryland Blue Crabs
from the Chesapeake taste extra sweet; however, with the perfect mix of salt
and fresh water, better known as brackish. Huge crabs grow from a diet of
eel grass, oysters, snails, clams and fish. With all these fat crabs, you
know that the meat is delicious, but where can you find the best meat on the
Blue Crab? First, keep in mind that the average crab weighs about 1/3 pound and
produces about a 2 ¼ ounces of meat according to the crab gurus.
you need to map out the crab to find the three major kinds of crab meat.
Most of the meat resides in the cartilage-lined channels on both sides of the
· Jumbo meat pulls from the back of
larger crabs, especially crabs (6”-up). You’ll love the large, pristine,
pure succulent pieces found in the back-swimming leg muscles.
· Lump chunks fall from the crab’s body
with similar meat to jumbo, but in smaller pieces.
· Darker claw meat, slightly
pink in color will pull from the claws. It boasts a robust flavor. We
know crab feasting takes work, but once you get a strategy, you can enjoy
tasting the different meat found in “The Beautiful Swimmer that is savory.”
out our half bushel categories. [Serves about 5 adults.]
· Bay-(small & medium mix),
3 ½ -4 dozen.
Jimmy-(medium & large mix), c. 3 dozen.
Jumbo-(large & x-large mix), c. 2 ½ dozen.
Female-(small-medium-large-x-large mix), 3-4 dozen.
Do you need a crab picking refresher? Yes?
Try these steps. 1) Gather your artillery: your hands (should be easy), work space (picnic table with crab paper), comfy clothes (possibly a smock or bib), wooden mallet, silver claw cracker and seafood fork or trusty crab knife. 2) Quickly crab the fattest crab from the pile before your cousin chooses it and place the crab belly-up. 3) Grab the apron and pull it up & snap it in order to place your fingers in the groove to pry off the top shell (Don’t worry; nature grew these crabs for this reason and he’s already cooked, so enjoy). 4) Remove the gills & guts. Crack the crab in two halves. (Watch the experienced eaters for guidance, but always look sure of yourself. Never let them see you sweat, unless its 90° outside.) 5) Press lightly on the back legs and pull the sweet backfin meat from the body. Find your spicy remoulade or hot butter that complements spicy with the salty-sweet meat. 6) Grab each leg and pick with the seafood fork the tasty morsels. Prepare yourself for the claws with the heavy artillery, the silver claw cracker. Carefully crack the claw, but don’t mutilate it. (Once again, peek at the experts’ strategy.) Twist the claw and strategically pull out the meat and showcase the piece and dunk it swiftly into your chosen sauce. 7) Leave no meat unturned since the experts will find this oversight a major faux pas!
You can order crabs steamed or live. Our steamed crabs come with light, medium, heavy or no seasoning and can be eaten cold or reheated. Our live crabs are caught daily from our own fishing boats and transported to one of our three crab houses. They are then shipped overnight to your table all in a matter of 24 hours.
U.S. Seafood & Meat Co. offers the largest grading scale in the industry at the most reasonable price. Our crabs are measured on the 1/2 inch point to point on the top shell increments and giving their appropriate size according to the "old time Maryland" grading scale. Most companies have abandoned this scale because its become hard to get Super Legends and Extra Larges. Our boats crab in secret coves and continue to catch these beautiful sought after crabs still today.
****Steamed crabs that are shipped using a method more than two days in transit may experience a fresh product becoming partially or fully frozen due to dry ice. This does not affect the freshness of the product. If this is an occurrence no refunds or reshipments of the product will occur.****
“Welcome to The Great Maryland Crab Company! May I take your order?”
Yes, I’ll take the Two Dozen Steamed Male Crab Meal.
“Perfect choice, you have 3 adult guests. These heavy medium males will feed you just
Get the Facts.
Daily our watermen catch heavy
fresh crabs for this 2-dozen special. On the Traditional Chesapeake Bay Grading
Scale, Mediums range from 5 ½” to 6” and boast jumbo, lump and claw salty-sweet
meat. Dip in apple, tomato balsamic or the traditional hot garlic butter, you’ll
love the fresh catch!
How about the stats?
X-Large: 6 ½ -7
6-6 ½ inches
½ -6 inches
5-5 ½ inches
got your back!
how much spice you want on your crabs:
light, medium, heavy or even no seasoning. As you navigate the online
form, check to see if you have gift cards, Facebook
vouchers and other incentives to make your
crab feast even more festive! Click on the
shipping options and choose from overnight to three-day ground. Our shipping department uses custom coolers to
deliver your crabs fresh with the needed gel packs/dry ice to keep the
temperature just right. Sometimes, if
the transit exceeds 2 days, freezing may occur so choose wisely for your shipping
choice. If your crabs do freeze, just
thaw them for a fresh product. Of
course, if you choose lively crabs for your own steaming skills, overnight
morning delivery works best. Enjoy you Chesapeake Bay eating experience!
Scroll through the internet and find fiction in Blue Crab Sizes. The
Great Maryland Crab Company wants to share the truth!
No need to use fiction in crab sizing when using the Traditional
Chesapeake Grading System. We use this scale to give you quality crabs.
The posers call smalls “Standards,” mediums “Selects,”
and larges “Premiums.” These terms
associate with oysters and shellfish, but not Blue Crabs. The deception doesn’t stop there. The Chesapeake Bay Traditional Grading Scale™ designates a large
as 6”-6 ½ “. The new “creative” sizing
marks the large as 5 ½”-6 ¼”. Any crab
feasting lover knows that this discrepancy is HUGE! Or should I say not so huge. Our crew takes
pride in the exact system of baiting, potting and sizing crabs and know that
respecting the Bay parallels to treating the customers right. Bottom line,
you’ll pick and enjoy more jumbo, lump and claw meat with a crab measuring 6”-6
Get your sizing here!
watermen turn the crab upside down and fix the points on the grading scale. Every
healthy crab gets sorted into their equal sizes and then loaded quickly into our
refrigerated truck for crab house delivery.
Our crab house crew doublechecks the sizes and then steams or organizes
for a fresh and superior delivery. Behold, nothing new, but timeless. The true crab sizes:
Supers: 7+ inches
Large: 6-6 ½
Mediums: 5 ½ -6
Small: 5-5 ½
Choose X-Large Blue Crabs for an entertaining entrée!
X-Large USA Blue Crabs stretch from 6.5”-7” point-to-point. You’ll be amazed on the weight and the loads
of jumbo, lump and claw meat in these freshly caught crabs. These hefty blue
crabs won at the game of eating, hiding and swimming the estuaries and salt-water
marshes along the USA shores. Alluding capture for seasons, these crabs
grew to maximum sizes while feasting on clams, mussels, snails, plants, fish
and more like no other blue crab. Using their back paddle-shaped legs to
find the most food, they grew large pieces of jumbo lump meat! With a
healthy crab, you get fresh salty-sweet meat. Our boats lay wait for the
largest crabs available for your dozen, half and full bushel orders. Yes,
the major quantities of blue crabs live in waters from Nova Scotia to the Gulf
of Mexico, but we guarantee USA blue crabs. Always sustainably caught,
professionally graded and traditionally steamed and spiced, our crab houses
always ship tonight’s crab feast right to your front door with FREE shipping! Order
your 2-dozen X-large special today!Check out our Crab Lovers Group. Click here.