Learn how to pick a crab in Visit Baltimore’s video. Screenshot from video by Visit Baltimore.

As families gather for Fourth of July weekend, a staple on many Maryland tables will of course be steamed crabs.

Increased demand over the holiday weekend – combined with decreased supply from the crab population decline that has led Maryland to limit crabbing this summer – means consumers can expect higher prices for their favorite crustacean.

Still, some die-hard crab lovers won’t be deterred.

Whether you’re shelling out the extra money for your usual half bushel, or scaling back your order size to still enjoy a taste without breaking the bank, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting every last piece of meat.

Visit Baltimore published a video last year showing two ways to pick a crab. Plus, when you’re finished, you can save the shells to cook up a stew later and really get the best bang for your buck.

Do you have a special crab picking method or memory?

Is the crab “mustard” a do or don’t for you?

And what one side dish can you not live without when eating crabs?

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...