A crab’s exterior exoskeleton shell must be shed as it grows for it to become larger. The crab will wiggle out from its smaller body, emerging slightly bigger and much softer. The new shell will harden over a few days, passing through several stages: soft shell, paper shell, and hard shell. Soft-shell crabs are taken out of the water as soon as they undergo metamorphosis to keep their shells from hardening. The best soft shell crab to capture is one that has just lost its shell. This is well known to the qualified crabbers, who work very hard to master their skills. Frozen Fish Direct works with crabbing fisheries that have been in service for decades, and these crabbers are softy specialists. In the business, these are referred to as prime, and there are 14 in the package. Have some of the tempura batter mixtures and you’re on your way to having a great meal!
Soft shell crabs are consumed in their entirety, ‘shell’ and everything. The meat inside is extremely sweet, juicy, and filled with pure crab flavour, and the shell is very pliable.
Frozen Fish Direct sourced crabs from sustainable crab farms, which follow proper fisheries management resources and has enforcement capabilities.