Crabbing in Maryland!

Foreign Service LifeRecommendations
May 31, 2009

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We’re all about new experiences lately and this definitely fit the bill.  My in-laws live on beautiful Chesapeake Bay and they invited us over for a crab-eating shindig before we left the country.  All in all there were 7 of us there, 6 of which were employed in the foreign service at one time or another (I was definitely the odd-one out!)  The beautiful crabs you see above are straight from the Bay.

Eating a crab is way trickier than you think and requires lots of tools: a mallet, a fingerbowl, towels, paper on the table and a garbage nearby!  Crabbing is also NOT a formal affair, I learned.  As you whack your mallet down on the crab, those shell pieces fly everywhere!  I recommend apologizing to your neighbor in advance… it saves time later!  For the Minnesotans like me who perhaps haven’t had the opportunity to whack a crab with a mallet, here’s a 2 minute instructional video on the process from my father-in-law:

I’m afraid I haven’t mastered the process yet, so I’ll have to pass any questions you have on to the experts …. Happy crabbing!

Getting to Know my Crab

Getting to Know my Crab

Required accessories for Crab Eating (look at it all!)

Required accessories for Crab Eating (look at it all!)

My hubby delicately eating his crab

My hubby delicately eating his crab

Our view off the deck over Chesapeake Bay

Our view off the deck over Chesapeake Bay

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  1. Katrina says:

    I have never had crab like that before, but it looks so yummy! I watched the video closely in case I ever have the opportunity to each crabs like that one day, I will know how to. Thanks for posting!

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