Do we crack claws?
Do to the fact of the integrity of the product we suggest cracking claws right before eating them.
We do crack claws for our platter products upon request
How many claws come in a package?
We calculate 1.5 lbs. per person. Thus, dinner for 2 comes with 3 lbs. of claws; dinner for 4 comes with 6 lbs. of claws; etc.
How much mustard sauce comes with my order?
We give you a 8 oz. container of mustard sauce for every 3 lbs. Thus, dinner for 2 comes with 1 container of mustard sauce; dinner for 4 comes with 2 containers of mustard sauce; etc.
How much will shipping cost?
Shipping rates are bundled into the package prices. The total price of the package is dependent upon your zip code, delivery date, claw size, and number of persons you will be feeding. We strongly recommend you go through the checkout process to get the most accurate pricing.
Are the stone crabs cooked?
Yes. In fact, stone crab claws are cooked once fishermen bring them to shore. They are boiled for about eight minutes and then dipped in cold water to stop the cooking process. All you have to do is crack and dip them in our delicious homemade mustard sauce.
What is the shelf life of a fresh stone crab?
A fresh stone crab will taste delicious and fresh for about seven days after delivery as long as you store it in a refrigerator. However, we find that our stone crabs never spend more than a day in a refrigerator. People just can’t help but gobble them up.
How many pounds does an average person eat?
An average person eats about 1 pound.
How do I store the Stone Crabs once I receive them?
If you have any claws left over, put them in an open container and keep them in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Or, you can put them in a cooler with ice. Remember to drain the water every so often.
If I crack the claws and don’t finish all of them can I eat them the following day?
Yes. However, we recommend that you eat them the day you receive them if they are cracked. Otherwise, the crab meat will be become dry and lose all its sweet, tasty freshness.
Where are stone crabs found?
The best stone crabs in the world are found in the Florida Keys and along the Florida coast. Wikipedia tells us they are available in Connecticut to Belize, including Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and the Bahamas.
How long does the stone crab season last?
The stone crab season begins October 15 and ends May 15. Any place offering stone crabs out of season are serving them frozen.
How many different sizes of claws does Vinny offer?
Vinny offers four sizes and on rare occasions sometimes five. Vinny offers medium, large, jumbo, and colossal. And
once in a while, our fishermen catch the motherload – a KING Colossal – a.k.a. The Baby Arm.
What are the black spots on my claw?
Those little spots are just bruises that the claw gets from Sea Urchin spines when they are cracking Sea Urchin shells to eat. The spots are fine and the meat is never harmed or bruised. We agree, the bruises are not aesthetically pleasing.
Can you eat medium claws as an entree?
Yes, but you have to eat a lot to get full. We recommend medium claws as an appetizer.
What does Stone Crab mean?
Stone Crab (Menippe Mercenaria)
Menippe-Greek, means force or courage
Mercinaria-Latin, something of value.