Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs For 14

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1 bushel (about 8 dozen) live Maryland blue crabs, preferably large. (NOTE: Males are usually larger.) A bushel is enough for 2 to 3 pots of crabs, depending on their size.

2 (12-ounce) cans beer

4 cups water

1 (8-ounce) packet crab boil seasoning, usually available where crabs are purchased

2 sticks butter, melted (optional)

Brown packaging paper for covering table


4 gallon crab pot, with tight-fitting lid

Heavy garden gloves

Wooden mallets or hammers

Small paring knives

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