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  • Live crabs for ultimate freshness
  • Can be seasoned exactly how you like
  • Crab meat can be used in a variety of dishes
  • An excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals
  • Premium Maryland blue crabs with distinct flavor and texture
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How to Pick a Crab

How to Pick a Crab

Crab meat is a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into a wide variety of dishes. Follow these steps to make sure you’re getting the most meat out of your crabs. Begin by removing the claws and setting them aside for later use. Then remove the legs and backfins. Save any of the premium meat that is attached to the backfins. To open the body of the crab, pry open the crab’s apron. Remove the apron and discard it. Then carefully pull off the top shell to expose the inside of the crab. Remove the crabs lungs and internal organs, these can be discarded along with the top shell. Break the remaining portion of the crab in half. You will now have two equal sections. Then squeeze and separate the section of crab to provide access to the remaining meat. After removing the edible pieces of white meat, repeat the process to pick the remaining section. Carefully pull out each bit of delicious white crab meat until all sections are clean. Finally, to remove crab meat from each claw, crack the inside of the crab claw using a mallet. Once the claw is cracked, you can pry open the claw and remove the meat with your fingers. Once finished, the crab meat is ready to be seasoned and enjoyed, or incorporated into your favorite recipe!

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Made in America Yes
Meat Variety Crab
Size Large
Source Wild-Caught
Style Maryland
Type Hard Shell

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Will I be reimbursed if any live shellfish die during transport?
Due to the sensitivity of living shellfish and the possible stress caused by transport, we cannot guarantee that live orders will be living upon delivery. We do guarantee that all the necessary precautions have been taken in shipping this live seafood and we do our best to ensure all live product is alive upon delivery. Because of our confidence that all the proper steps have been taken, we will not issue a reimbursement for deliveries with non-living product.

You will receive tracking information with an approximate delivery time once your order has shipped. We do recommend that you arrange to be present when your order arrives so you can oversee care of this product.
When will my refrigerated, frozen, or live food product be shipped?
In order to control the amount of time in transit for these perishable items, they are only shipped on select days of the week. Checking out with Ground Shipping will result in your product being shipped on the following schedule:

Orders placed before 1 pm EST Monday through Thursday will be processed that day and delivered the next day.

Orders placed after 1 pm EST Monday through Wednesday will be processed the next day and will be delivered the following day (two days after the order is placed).

Orders placed Thursday after 1 pm EST through Sunday will not be delivered until Tuesday.
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With an unforgettably rich taste and a delightful, hearty texture, these Linton's Seafood 5 3/4" live large Maryland blue crabs will have your patrons cleaning their plates and ready for more. These crabs come live for the freshest product possible, and this allows you to cook and season them how you desire. Whether you're creating classic Maryland crab cakes, serving a wholesome pasta dish, or handing your patron a shell-cracker and letting them have at it, these crabs provide the consistency, quality, and palatability your establishment needs.

These premium Maryland crabs have meat that is incredibly tender and melts in your mouth. An excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, crabs are used in a wide range of dishes. Explore this versatility and create foods that fit the needs of your establishment.

To prepare these crabs, put equal parts vinegar, beer, and water in a large pot. Place a rack just above water level for the crabs to steam on. Layer the crabs, sprinkling them with seasoning and lightly salting as desired. Be careful not to get pinched! Steam these live crabs for 25-30 minutes. A general rule of thumb is to have 8-12 crabs per person if you are only serving crabs, or 6 crabs per person if you plan to serve other food.

Unlike crabs from other areas, Maryland blue crabs must endure four distinct seasons throughout the year. This forces these crabs to hibernate and build up fat stores. These fat stores, or mustard, are noticeably darker than other blue crab varieties and results in a heartier texture with a sweet, buttery taste. This distinguished flavor, combined with perfectly formulated crab seasoning, makes these crabs a must-have for any seafood serving establishment. Why serve your patrons something ordinary, when you can serve them something extraordinary. To ensure you're serving the most delicious crabs around, try these Maryland blue crabs.

Located on the eastern shore of Maryland, in The Crab Capital of the World, Linton's Seafood has over 30 years of expertise in serving one-of-a-kind Maryland blue crabs, lump crab cakes, and other fresh seafood. As one of the first companies to perfect seafood shipping, Linton's is the brand to trust when it comes to finding the best seafood to serve at your establishment. From mouthwatering Maryland blue crab to tender lobster, Linton's fresh seafood and other goods bring quality and deliciousness right to your door.

Due to the sensitivity of living animals and the possible stress caused by transport, we cannot guarantee that live orders will be living upon delivery. We do guarantee that all the necessary precautions have been taken in shipping these live animals and we do our best to ensure every crab is alive upon delivery. Because of our confidence that all the proper steps have been taken, we will not issue a reimbursement for deliveries with non-living product.

You will receive tracking information with an approximate delivery time upon submitting your order. We do recommend that you arrange to be present when your order arrives so you can oversee care of these animals.

This item is special order and cannot be canceled or returned once your order is placed. Please contact Customer Solutions prior to placing your order if you have any questions or concerns.

Because this item is not stocked in our warehouse, processing, transit times and stock availability will vary. If you need your items by a certain date, please contact us prior to placing your order. Expedited shipping availability may vary. We cannot guarantee that this item can be cancelled off of the order or returned once it is placed.

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    This item is shipped refrigerated. You will need to ensure this item is stored at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler.

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    Made in America

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While the live crabs are seasonally unavailable, try these Linton's Seafood 5 3/4" non-seasoned steamed jumbo Maryland blue crabs instead! These crabs come steamed using Linton's trusted steaming process to help you save prep time and ensure a consistent, delicious product for your guests. Plus, they also come unseasoned, allowing you to prepare the crabs exactly how you like them!

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  • Live crabs for ultimate freshness
  • Can be seasoned exactly how you like
  • Crab meat can be used in a variety of dishes
  • An excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals
  • Premium Maryland blue crabs with distinct flavor and texture
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Specs
Made in America Yes
Meat Variety Crab
Size Large
Source Wild-Caught
Style Maryland
Type Hard Shell