King Crab (Christmas Catch)

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The king of the crustaceans, king crab is big, delicious, and fresh from the freezing waters of my fishery--Bristol Bay, Alaska. The meat is sweet and rich and is my family's traditional Christmas meal. Unlike many other crab species, king crab legs are not difficult to get into––they can be cut open with kitchen scissors. And with each leg close to a pound (or even more than a pound!), it's well worth the effort!

As much as 75% of the king crab sold in the US today is actually from Russia, which is not considered a sustainable fishery. Much of that is mislabeled and sold fraudulently as "Alaskan." Additionally, most of the king crab being caught in Russia is actually an invasive species, having been transplanted there by the Russian government as an experiment in the 1960s. While not the cheaper of the two, only Alaskan king crab is sustainably fished in clean and cold Alaskan waters.

Wondering how much crab one person can eat? Small folks might only eat one big leg, while big guys might want half a crab (3 legs and 1 claw). It's hard for me to imagine anyone eating more than half a crab in one sitting.

Preorder Period:
Jan. 1, 2018 –– Nov. 14, 2018.

Minimum Order & Share Size:
The minimum order is 1 Share –– 10 lbs.

Shipping:
Shipping will very likely be Dec. 10-12, 2018.

Cut:
Although I have sold my king crab by the "cluster" (a cluster is 3 legs and a claw, joined by the (body meat) in the past, the crab I'm getting these days are so big we have to cut the legs from the body meat so they fit in the box. You will get 1 claw per 3 legs because that's the way the crab is. Each crab has one massive "kill claw" and one smaller claw.

Packaging:
Your crab will come frozen and glazed in ice. This means there is a thin film of ice all over the crab to protect it.

INTERESTING KING CRAB INFO:

  • Red King Crab can grow to 5 feet wide and 24 pounds.
  • There are also blue and golden king crab.
  • Much king crab seen in US stores is Russian. Russian crab is not sustainably fished.
  • Around 40 species of king crab are known to exist in Alaska waters. Ten of those king crab species are fished for.
  • Golden king crab live up to 1,600 feet deep. Red and blue king crab prefer sandy bottoms and shallower water around 200 feet.



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