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Snow Crab :: Chionoecetes opilio
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Opilio is the most common and widely accepted species of Snow Crab. 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 adds saltiness to the flavor. Blast freezing keeps a more natural flavor, but produces a brittle shell and increases the chance for broken clusters.