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  1. Serves/Makes:9 or more servings

  2. 1/2 c Old Bay Seasoning

  3. 3 c white vinegar

  4. 3 c beer(or water)

  5. 3 dozen live Maryland Blue Hardshell Crabs

  6. Preparation

  7. Mix Old Bay seasoning, vinegar, and beer (or water) in a very large pot with a rack,and tight-fitting lid.

  8. Bring to a FULL BOIL.

  9. In the rack, add one-half of the crabs, and sprinkle more Old Bay seasoning, just enough to cover the shells abit.

  10. Repeat with the remainder of crabs.

  11. Steam, covered, until crabs turn a bright red color, about 40-45 minutes.

  12. Serve hot or cold. Note: Serve crabs immediately if to be eaten hot.

  13. To serve cold. bring to room temperture and refrigerate until ready to use.


  15. Goes well with:Corn on the Cob We Marylander's look forward to the Summertime for the Crab Season to begin.It's the BEST EVER!!!


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