Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check the status of an order placed online?
When placing your order, provide your email address when prompted and we will send notification once your order has shipped. Whether your order was placed online or by phone, you can check its shipping status by calling customer service 1-800-282-2722 and providing your order number or last name and zip code.

How can I change or cancel my order?
Once an online order has been submitted, it cannot be altered or cancelled for any reason. Please review your shipping address, gift recipient information, and selected ship date prior to placing an order.

How do I include a gift message?
With any gift order, we will be happy to print your gift message on the packing slip at no extra charge. When placing an online order, you are given the option to type a gift message on Step 4 of the checkout process.

Can I purchase or redeem a Gift Card online?
Gift cards can be purchased and redeemed online. To redeem your Gift Card online, simply enter the number in the Gift Card box at checkout. Additionally, Gift Cards will ship free of charge when Standard is selected, however there is an upcharge for Expedited and Overnight deliveries. To check your gift card balance, please call 1-800-282-2722.

Is there an expiration date for a Gift Card?
Yes, your Gift Card will expire five (5) years after the issue date.

Can I order from Mackenzie Limited, Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes & More, and Impromptu Gourmet on the same order?
Yes, for your convenience you can order from either of our sister catalog companies on the same order. Simply use the tabs at the top of the page to switch between companies, and your selected items will be placed into a common cart for checkout.

Why does Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes & More hold a personal check order for 10-business days?
From the date your check is received by our offices, it may take 2-3 business days for the order to be entered and for the check to be deposited. Please allow up to 2 weeks time after receipt of the check before your order will ship, to allow for clearance.

What type of crab do you use?
Our products are made from the Blue Crab and the Blue Swimming Crab from both domestic and imported sources. We use jumbo lump, backfin, and claw crab meat depending on the product recipe.

Can I prepare my order in the microwave?
Most of our products must be baked, broiled, fried or grilled. Cooking instructions are included on all items and are also available to view on our website.

How can I request a donation?
As a Baltimore based company, we are proud to say we give back directly to our community. All donations are made to the Maryland Food Bank. We regret that we cannot fulfill requests for donations of gift certificates or food items for any charities or fundraisers.

How is my order packed?
Orders are packed in styrofoam coolers with dry ice or gel packs. Please do not touch the dry ice directly, it is caustic and can burn the skin. When shipped alone, dry good items may be sent in a corrugated box.


What if there is no dry ice?
Dry Ice is frozen carbon dioxide. Unlike most solids, it does not melt into a liquid, but instead changes directly into a gas. This process is called sublimation. If there is no dry ice visible in the cooler, feel the product. If the product is cool, place it in the freezer or follow instructions for preparation. If the product is thawed, contact customer service. We may arrange to have the package picked up by Federal Express.

How do I dispose of dry ice?
Place the Styrofoam cooler outside or in a well-ventilated container and it will evaporate.

Recommendations for Recycling Styrofoam coolers?
There are many ways to reuse your Styrofoam cooler; here are a few suggestions for our customers.
  • Check with your local recycling center to see if they except Styrofoam.
  • Use to store Holiday decorations
  • Donate to local Meals on Wheels
  • Keep in your car to transport frozen groceries
  • Break up and use in the bottom of large planters to take up space so you won’t have to use so much dirt.

Are your products shipped Frozen?
Yes, almost all of our products are shipped frozen. Dry ice may evaporate prior to arrival at your door. This is perfectly normal, as long as the product is cool to the touch simply store in the freezer.

How can standard orders be in transit for 7 business days?
All orders are shipped to arrive up to 7 business days from the date you select when you place your order. Our standard shipping days are Monday-Wednesday. Orders placed after 11am EST on Wednesday will ship the following. Rest assured, we add the appropriate amount of dry ice in each package so that it will keep the products cold until they arrive.

Can I place an order now and have it delivered at a later date?
When you order online you can specify a later ship date during checkout. You may also request this service if you place your order by telephone with our customer service representatives. Please remember that you are selecting a ship date, not a delivery date. Please note, during busy holiday shipping seasons, we do release some orders a few days prior to the requested ship date, and therefore you may receive your order a few days early. We do recommend shipping holiday orders early in order to avoid busy ship weeks before a holiday.