The sharp spines on the red king crab shell may perforate the packaging, causing the loss of the airtight seal. As insurance against oxidization and freezer burn, the crab sections have been individually water-glazed, encasing them in an icy, air-tight barrier. This protective barrier is fragile so the crab should be handled accordingly. We recommend that it be stored in its outer carton. Once the crab has been thawed, do not refreeze as the glaze will have been lost.