Throw a couple of layers of construction paper on your table and get your crackers and hammers out, we are cracking crabs today!!!!
Blue crabs, 8-12 per person, live ones please!
4 tablespoons old bay seasoning
1 onion, cut in half
corn on the cob, 1 per person sliced in 3 pieces each
new potatoes, 2 per person, halved
clams, 6 per person
mussels, 6 per person
2 tablespoons salt
2 sticks salted butter
In a small saucepan melt the butter. Skim off the fat that rises to top for clarified butter. Seat aside.
I use 2 large pots and fill both with water 3/4 full. Add 2 tablespoons of old bay and 1 tablespoon of salt to each pot. Add half potatoes, half onion and half corn to each pot. Bring to a boil and add crabs (being very careful handling them since they are alive and will try and pinch you, i use a strong pair of thongs to grab them but my husband uses his hands) about 8-10 at a time, depending on size of pot.
It cooks in less than 5 minutes. About 2 minutes after the color changes from blue to red they are ready. Remove crabs with slotted spoons or thongs and place on a large platter. Add next batch of crabs and cook the same way. Potatoes and corn should be ready then. Remove them and place on a separate platter. Add clams and mussels. Those are cooked when fully opened. Discard any that won't open. Add to seafood platter and start cracking. Serve with plenty of drawn butter(clarified).