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Red Crab
Snow Crab :: Chionoecetes bairdi
Bairdi looks like Opilio and is hard to distinguish by the untrained eye. The most noticeable difference is the presence of spines on the legs and claws. It is caught in the waters of Alaska, Eastern Canada, Greenland and Russia. The freezing methods are either Brine freezing or Blast freezing. Brine freezing preserves the product for longer storage and better transportation. This process does add saltiness to the flavor. Blast freezing keeps a more natural flavor, but produces a brittle shell and increases the chance for broken clusters.