Food

Tools for the Ultimate Summer Crab Feast

Tools for the Ultimate Summer Crab Feast
Crab crack essentials. Photograph courtesy of Old Bay.

When it comes to a summer crab cracking, there are a few culinary essentials you need in order to keep the festivities running smoothly. Being short a few mallets or running out of beer can put a damper on even liveliest shindig. The solution? Plan ahead, get your condiments right, and whatever you do, don’t forget the Old Bay.

A utilitarian oyster knifeOpinel-Oyster-KnifeOpinel No9 Oyster and Shellfish Folding Knife; $20 at opinel-usa.com and Salt & Sundry.

A 6-pack of easy-drinking beerFlying-Dog-Dead-RiseFlying Dog Brewery Dead Rise; various locations and prices at flyingdogbrewery.com.

…plus a growler full of something stout-erShine-red-growlerShine Vessel Co 64oz Wander and Rumble Growler; 59.99 at shinevessels.com.

A crab malletSilver-MalletSalisbury Fine Metal Artisans Crab Mallet; $12.50 at salisburyinc.net.

Some classic seasoningOld_Bay_SeasoningOld Bay Seasoning; various locations and prices at oldbay.com.

A get-your-hands-dirty apronApronNorth End Bag Co. Waxed Apron; $90 at northendbagcompany.com.

Serving and side dishes (preferably themed)Sweet-Corn-DishLe Creuset Sweet Corn Dish; $12 at lecreuset.com.

Marinadessauces, and condimentsTessamae's-Grill-EssentialsTessemae’s Savor Summer Grill Pack; $39 at tessemaes.com.

A workhorse coolerYETI-Blue-TundraYeti Tundra 35; $299.99 at yeticoolers.com.

And lastly, a nip of something strongeruntiledwhiskeyOne Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey; Flask from $16-$24 at oneeightdistilling.com.

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Assistant Editor

Hayley is an Assistant Editor at Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in Bloomingdale. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.