steamed crabs

I’m fairly sure that my absolute favorite thing to eat – anytime of the year – would be steamed crabs. I love them cold the next day, too – don’t you? One of my summer jobs when I was in high school and into college was working at a carry-out crab place, Bill’s Seafood in Perry Hall. Bill Paulshock started his business selling crabs out of the back of his truck, driving back and forth several times a week to the Eastern Shore. Then later, he opened a little shop (where I worked) and now, 20+ years later, he has a much larger shop and operation and does tons of catering, steams crabs off-site and still works SO hard. I don’t know how he does it all. Billy taught us all how to steam crabs and every once in a while (whoopsie) we steamed another bushel right before closing. Okay, that didn’t happen very often but when it did, everyone got to take a few hot crabs home. My mom did not allow my smelly, crabby old Tretorns into the house. For good reason. Gah-ross.

Growing up, we never had much money, so crabs were a really big deal. We never went out to a crab house to eat them…rather, ordered them from Bill’s and we savored every single bit of crab meat. Some of my best memories are in my parents’ backyard, hanging with my five brothers and a host of close family friends – eating, laughing, watching lightning bugs and trying not to get eaten alive by mosquitoes. My mom was a master picker and we all took turns picking crabs for my dad, as his Multiple Schlerosis did not allow him to do that for himself. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – sharing your backfin…that is LOVE!

I just found out this week that Mid-Atlantic area Giant Food Stores have partnered with Hooper’s Crab House from Ocean City to kick off a Crab Wagon tour for the summer and fall crab season. Crabs will be sold outside specific Giant stores by the dozen, 1/2 bushel and full bushel and steamed on site – perfect for backyard barbecues and crab feasts! The wagon will be onsite from 12:00 pm through 4:00 pm for each visit. Below is the entire schedule from this weekend through September.

Find your local Giant store # here: Giant Food. Also you can call the seafood department atthe Giant Store you plan to visit to get more info like prices, etc. So excited to see that my local Giant in Hampden will steam crabs THIS Sunday, July 6!

JULY 

5-Jul

389

Millville, DE

1 truck

5-Jul

387

Rehobeth, DE

2 trucks

6-Jul

2351

Long Neck, DE

1 truck

6-Jul

2306

Baltimore, MD

2 trucks

12-Jul

322

Baltimore, MD

1 truck

12-Jul

117

Catonsville, MD

2 trucks

13-Jul

310

Bowie, MD

1 truck

13-Jul

365

Abingdon, MD

2 trucks

19-Jul

362

Germantown, MD

1 truck

20-Jul

323

Easton, MD

1 truck

20-Jul

368

Gaithersburg, MD

2 trucks

26-Jul

763

Vienna, VA

1 truck

26-Jul

235

Frederickburg, VA

2 trucks

27-Jul

747

Reston, VA

1 truck

27-Jul

243

Stafford, VA

2 trucks

27-Jul

389

Millville, DE

1 truck


AUGUST

date

store

truck #

2-Aug

387

Rehobeth, DE

2 trucks

3-Aug

351

Salisbury, MD

2 trucks

5-Aug

2351

Long Neck, DE

1 truck

9-Aug

303

Baltimore, MD

1 truck

9-Aug

340

Laurel, MD

2 trucks

10-Aug

337

Baltimore, MD

1 truck

10-Aug

330

Bowie, MD

2 trucks

16-Aug

326

Lanham, MD

1 truck

16-Aug

194

Annapolis, MD

2 trucks

17-Aug

373

District Heights, MD

1 truck

17-Aug

304

Waldorf, MD

2 truck

23-Aug

363

Dundalk, MD

1 truck

23-Aug

365

Abingdon, MD

2 trucks

24-Aug

117

Catonsville, MD

1 truck

24-Aug

362

Germantown, MD

2 trucks

30-Aug

389

Millville, DE

1 truck

30-Aug

387

Rehobeth, DE

2 truck

31-Aug

2351

Long Neck, DE

1 truck

31-Aug

351

Salisbury, MD

2 trucks


SEPTEMBER

date

store

truck #

6-Sep

303

Baltimore, MD

1 truck

6-Sep

340

Laurel, MD

2 trucks

7-Sep

337

Baltimore, MD

1 truck

7-Sep

330

Bowie, MD

2 trucks

13-Sep

344

Elkridge, MD

1 truck

13-Sep

167

Annapolis, MD

2 trucks

14-Sep

109

Westminster, MD

1 truck

14-Sep

155

Columbia, MD

2 trucks

20-Sep

363

Dundalk, MD

1 truck

20-Sep

308

Edgewater, MD

2 trucks

21-Sep

128

Timonium, MD

1 truck

21-Sep

348

Clarksville, MD

2 trucks

27-Sep

364

BelAir, MD

1 truck

27-Sep

252

Purcellville, VA

2 trucks

28-Sep

2304

Perry Hall, MD

1 truck

28-Sep

108

Baltimore, MD

2 trucks