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 and Salt & Sundry.

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

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

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

Some classic seasoningOld_Bay_SeasoningOld Bay Seasoning; various locations and prices at

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

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

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

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

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

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Hayley is an Associate Editor at Washingtonian Weddings. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.