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Memorial Day is just around the corner. Americans think this national holiday kicks off summer, and the fun begins. Many Marylanders throw a crab feast at their homes to celebrate. If you are new at organizing or attending one, it helps to know the basics, which we’ll cover below.
Crab Picking & Eating Etiquette
Certain types of meals will have their protocol that attendees are expected to follow. Although crab feasts are not known for their elegance, there are specific ways to show you are minding your manners and being considerate to others. Below are several tips for diners.
- Eat your fill, but do so at a reasonable pace.
- Avoid licking your fingers, even if their flavors are very tempting.
- As you are chewing, keep your mouth closed.
- Make sure your paper towel and napkin are nearby to stay neat.
- Be sure to wash your hands before and after your meal.
Maryland Crab Feast FAQs
How can you tell a crab is from Maryland?
A Chesapeake Bay blue crab is typically light blue with touches of black. They are also a lot smaller than their brothers and sisters on the Gulf Coast. Crabs from the Carolinas and Florida also sport different colors.
Why do citizens of Maryland steam crab?
The more south you travel, the more common crab boils become. Unfortunately, this style of cooking will turn crab meat into mush. In contrast, steaming allows excess moisture in the crab meat to evaporate.
Why is Blue Crab of Maryland the best?
Experts say Maryland’s blue crab has the best flavor. Their delicate texture and taste are head and shoulders above other crabs. They are incredibly delicious in the fall because they have accumulated fat to prepare for winter hibernation.
Make your Memorial Day Crab Feast easy by picking up all you need for your party at The Crab Shack!
Lovers of fat, juicy crab, and fantastic seafood don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy incredible deliciousness all year at the two locations below!
Our Crofton branch can accommodate a large party group, so if you are interested in reserving tables, please call (443) 302-2680.