Summer peak is the best time to buy crab. The best way to store a blue crab is in cool, moist packaging. While producers suggest that the shelf life for soft-shell crabs is 5 - 6 days that includes all of the shipping and processing time; In the Midwest a shelf life of 2 - 3 days can be expected; and on the West Coast a shelf life of 1 - 2 days can be expected.
Blue Crab (1 doz.)
Blue crab is one of Florida's top 10 seafood products in dockside value and ranks in the top five in terms of pounds harvested. The blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) has a dark green or olive green hard shell and five pairs of bright blue legs. The undersides of the body and legs are white.