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Where do you get your live hardshell crabs (for cooking at home)?

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shellymck Jul 10, 2010 01:03 PM

Who has a good source for a dozen or bushel of live hardshell crabs to make at home, preferably in suburban MD. Thanks.

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    VirginiaCook RE: shellymck Jul 11, 2010 07:46 AM

    I don't know of any place in MD, but Maine Avenue fish market: 1100 Maine Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20024 is great!

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      MDBBQFiend RE: shellymck Jul 11, 2010 09:11 AM

      Camerons Seafood Market - outlets scattered around the DC area

      http://www.cameronsseafood.com/

      If you go, be sure to have a coupon from the website or Washington Post. They are sticklers for only honoring sale prices WITH coupon.

      I usually buy a bushel or two of live #1 Male crabs at the Rockville shop each summer and they've been good - fairly heavy and not too many dead ones in the basket.

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        cb1 RE: shellymck Jul 13, 2010 05:07 PM

        I get them from my brothers crab pots. Free is a good thing! But when he hasn't baited the traps, I buy them from a few local road side places in AA county. A guy in Severn, and a guy right by Millersville/Severna Park, also there is a great guy down in West River. Chat them up and you can see that you are getting all live crabs. The few times we have gotten them at the Maine Ave seafood market , I've gotten more dead ones than I appreciated.

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          cappie RE: shellymck Jul 13, 2010 05:18 PM

          Mels crabs on route 4 huntingtown md. ; about 20 minute from the beltway. His prices are very fair and the crabs are amazing.

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