Cost: ~$40 - $100+
Category: Outdoors, Baltimore, Kitchen, Cooking
You can't visit Charm City without noticing that there is a huge abundance of crabs in Baltimore. Of course, there are many ways to enjoy nature's most delicious crustacean, but here are a few great gift ideas that should appeal to any fan of the species. Here I'll cover the full gamut of of Callinectes sapidus, otherwise known as the Chesapeake Blue Crab, from cooking and catching to decorating and eating.
Crab CookerOnce you've picked up a fresh bushel of Maryland crabs you'll need a proper crab cooker to steam them in. For this, I recommend none other than the Granite Ware 33-quart crab cooker.
The 33-quart capacity allows for more than enough room for steaming a little over 3 dozen crabs at one time. Of course, the large size means it will take up almost two burners all to itself, but by allowing for 40+ crabs to be steamed at once you'll be sure all members of your crab feast have plenty of crabs to eat after the first round of cooking. Trust me... There's nothing worse than sitting down at a crab feast and finding each person has to limit their crab intake until the next batch has been cooked.
In addition to its massive capacity, the Granite Ware crab cooker has a stylish design that fits perfectly in any modern home. Obviously the full, rich taste of your crabs is the most important detail to any crab feast... But you might as cook them with style, and the Granite Ware crab cooker provides exactly that. Whether cooking on stainless steel or a vintage-style range, you'll be sure to get welcomed comments when your guests see this mammoth beauty in your kitchen.
Crab Door KnockerHaving lived in the Greater Baltimore Area nearly all my life, I'm more than familiar with the anomaly of natives to the region that somehow do not enjoy eating crabs. While the general consensus is that they're "too much work," for one reason or another some people just don't enjoy a fist full of delicious jumbo lump, back fin crab meat. To each his own, I guess, but no one can deny that crabs are a cultural staple of this region.
For crab-lovers and naysayers alike, I still recommend a quirky, classy, and culturally significant crab door knocker. Currently they're not yet as commonplace as a stained-glass address above the front door of an old school Baltimore row home, so they add a welcomed change of pace to anyone who approaches your home. If you have the option of ringing a grimy doorbell or lifting a sturdy crab door knocker to announce your presence, which would you choose? This knocker is guaranteed to put a smile on your guests' faces before they even enter your home, making it the perfect Baltimore gift idea.
Crab PotEven if eating crabs isn't your favorite activity or you don't have your own door to install a crab door knocker on, the outdoors man among your loved ones will definitely appreciate the Protoco X-Large 4 Tunnel Crab Pot.
Coming from one of the biggest names in crab pot producers, this 4 Tunnel crab pot allows for crabs to enter (but not escape!) from four different directions. The Blue Polyethylene coating protects this crab pot from salt water corrosion, ensuring successful crabbing for many years. Whether your favorite crabbing expert fishes a few miles off shore from the comfort of their flashy fishing boat or only has a local pier to drop their chicken neck baited traps off of, the 4 Tunnel Protoco crab pot will make an excellent gift idea.
Best Crabs in BaltimoreFinally, if cooking, crabbing, and door knocking don't seem to fit into your idea of the perfect Baltimore crab experience, most people in the area still enjoy picking and eating some delicious jumbo lump back fin crab meat. Whether you're from out of town or a life-long Baltimore native, everyone must experience eating crabs at least once while they're in town.
Since there's nothing worse than devoting a dinner towards nature's most delicious crustacean you should be sure to find an historically delicious seafood restaurant that is known for their crabs. While I would love to tell you a $100 gift card to Legal Sea Foods, they unfortunately closed their Baltimore branch quite some time ago. Instead, I will recommend Captain James Seafood and Bo Brooks Lighthouse as the two best crab places I've experienced throughout my many years of devouring crabs in Baltimore. If you're looking for the best crabs in Baltimore, those are the only two places I can honestly recommend exploring.