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Blue crab steps in during delayed Dungeness season

Canned claw meat from wild-caught blue crabs is an option while the Dungeness crab season is on hold.
Canned claw meat from wild-caught blue crabs is an option while the Dungeness crab season is on hold. apierleoni@sacbee.com

The Dungeness crab season is on hold because of contamination in the crustaceans from patches of toxic algae blooms in the Pacific. What are we seafood-lovers to do while we wait for the possible season opener?

One option is to dive into a one-pound can of Chicken of the Sea brand crab-claw meat, harvested from wild-caught blue crabs. It’s on special through Dec. 29 at all Northern California Save Mart stores, marked down from $14 to $12.

Look on the back label for a crab cake recipe (or use mine), or make a crab Louie or whip up a crab salad. Or skip all that and dump the crab meat into a big bowl, add spicy cocktail sauce and squeezes of lemon and have a feast. Don’t forget the fork.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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