The 2021-22 Guide to Richmond Hill, Georgia 2021-22 - Page 146
EVERY LOCAL SHOULD KNOW
PICKING the BLUES
BY PAIGE GLAZER ILLUSTRATION BY JACKIE MALONEY JACKIEMALONEY . COM
You can start by tossing the etiquette out of the window ! Picking blue crab is by far the most unglamorous method of food consumption . I have yet to discover a mannerly way to pick them . To say it ’ s messy is an understatement , and to say there is a right or wrong way is up to the guests at your table .
I ’ ve been in more than a few situations where I was unsure of how to eat a certain food , and blue crab was one of them . I was sort of embarrassed to ask my friends how to pick them ; after all I am a Southern girl — this was like one of those things I should know . But , I kid you not when I tell you that my mom and my aunt always picked our crabs as children … must have been the Southern girl in them . The process becomes part of the pleasure of eating , kind of like shucking oysters .
There is no quick resolution to easing your hunger pain either ; you must savor each morsel . I remember the first time my little boy wanted to pick his own crab — my sweet little six-year-old was highly disappointed in the reward . “ Is this it ?” he said as he held the meat from the body . To which I replied , “ Yes , buddy , that ’ s all you get out of this kind , but isn ’ t it good !”
For all of you who find yourself around the table with the day ’ s catch staring at you … here is your “ How To !”