Stone Crab Season Has Arrived | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Stone Crab Season Has Arrived | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Stone crab shells can damage your garbage disposal. It’s best to toss them in the trash.

The good news over the weekend was the opening of Florida stone crab season. It’ll be here until May 1. Until closing, recreational fishers are allowed to harvest the claws from stone crabs that are 2 and 7/8 inches big and larger.

Whether you catch them yourself or you buy a bunch of claws, the impulse is to rush home, cook them and eat them as soon as possible. Afterwards, of course, you’re left with a bunch of shells. If your impulse is to dump them in the sink and let your garbage disposal grind them away – don’t. You’ll be risking major damage to your garbage disposal because the claws are too thick for the disposal to handle.

“Hard shells from seafood such as crab, lobster, shrimp and oysters are a common garbage disposal problem. Many of these shells are far too dense to grind up properly,” says. “So skip the garbage disposal and drop the shells in the trash, preferably a small trash bag so that you can take it out of the kitchen immediately” to keep the smell from permeating your kitchen.

While were talking shells, it’s also not wise to put any seafood shells in your garbage disposal, even shrimp shells. says that, even though the garbage disposal can handle them, they might slip through the disposal and catch in the drain and cause a clog.

If you do get a clog or damage your garbage disposal, call the 24-hour plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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