Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs

Chesapeake Crab leads fellow crab shacks with spicing their cangrejos azules or blue crabs in JO Spice #2. Leading crab houses echo the new Baltimore chant, “Those who know use JO!” 

What do they know?  We asked our steaming staff why they think JO Spice #2 finds preeminence when cooking crabs.  Crab house supervisor Felix laughs and says most customers ask for Old Bay, but really want JO.  They consistently attest that the spice tastes boldly spicy that complements the salty-sweet crabs.  He explains, “Yes, Old Bay fits the crab, but JO stays on it.  Old Bay seasoning has a fine quality that doesn’t stick to the crab during the steaming process.  JO makes their spice with larger salt flakes that stick to the crab like a barnacle on a boat!”  Yes, our crew always likes to compare thoughtful ideas to the Bay and life on the water. 

What do home “crab shacks” use?  When polling enthusiasts that love crab eating, we found that they know to use JO.  Season with assurance since JO from Baltimore began mixing spice in 1945.  Captain Jim, founder of Chesapeake Crab explains that JO spice has seasoned his hefty crabs since 1991.  He smiles and says, “Can’t go wrong with the secret mix of paprika, cracked red pepper, salt, mustard and other tasty ingredients.  We expect the best from the Bay in all ways!”  

Know your sizes.

Bay Crabs measure 5”-6” and fill the bushel at about 7 dozen.  Even though all our crabs swim in the Bay, estuaries, inlets and rivers, this name characterizes our smallest crab best for a side with other cookout favorites or as an appetizer.

Jimmies stretch 5 ½” -6 ½” from point-to-point and fill a bushel with about 6 dozen crabs.  Watermen call all male crab Jimmies, but we use that name to designate our family friendly size.  Serve with corn on the cob and potato salad. This size serves as an entrée.

Jumbo Crabs cause crowds to cheer with measurements from 6”-7” plus and fill a bushel with 5 dozen heavy crabs.  Boasting the most meat from claw, lump and jumbo meat, this size offers a filling entrée.  Don’t forget, this size contains the monster crabs known as the behemoth size above 7”.  Some crab enthusiasts find 2-3 crabs perfect per guest with all this meat.

Female Crab Bushels combine all sizes from 5”-7” plus and fill your personal bushel to 5-6 dozen.  To keep your ordering easy, a bushel entertains about 10 people.

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