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AndreaB

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Conch? Mon, 11/21/05 8:05 AM (permalink)
Does anyone know of a good source for Conch? I love conch fritters, cracked conch, and conch salad. I've done a search on the internet but because of the expense of the conch I ask if any of you roadfooders know of a good source? I'd appreciate it much if you know of a reliable source and can share it with me.

Andrea
 
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    rjb

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    RE: Conch? Mon, 11/21/05 10:13 AM (permalink)
    Canned conch is available in Italian markets as scungilli. Haven't had it, but its probably adequate for pasta sauces & fritters. Best bet for fresh is probably an Asian or Caribbean market. Fish markets in NYC's Chinatown usually have it.
     
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      SurrealGourmet

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      RE: Conch? Tue, 11/29/05 5:59 PM (permalink)
      I don't know if you have a Whole Foods Market near you, but I believe I saw fresh conch available at ours recently.
       
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        roossy90

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        RE: Conch? Mon, 12/12/05 9:00 PM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by AndreaB

        Does anyone know of a good source for Conch? I love conch fritters, cracked conch, and conch salad. I've done a search on the internet but because of the expense of the conch I ask if any of you roadfooders know of a good source? I'd appreciate it much if you know of a reliable source and can share it with me.

        Andrea


        It will probably going to be a regional thing--...Coming from Fla, I just love conch salad and miss it very much, now that I live in Maine, I love Maine lobster, but I still like my little Fla Lobster tails better.. Oversized shrimp as I can them..

        Good luck in your endeavor...The following is a pretty true recipe for the salad...
        ALways must have hot peppers in there..I like cilantro in it also..

        http://recipes.caribseek.com/Bahamas/sir-clifford-conch-salad.shtml
         
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          roossy90

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          RE: Conch? Mon, 12/12/05 9:01 PM (permalink)
          http://www.freshchoiceseafood.com/1lbfrescaisc.html

          Just in case... a wee expensive, but when worse comes to worse...
           
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            Jimeats

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            RE: Conch? Tue, 12/13/05 7:29 AM (permalink)
            Andrea, I don't know if there are any good Italian markets in your area but with the holidays comming they are sure to have it or know a local source. I have used canned scungilli with my linguini with very good success. Chow Jim
             
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              tmiles

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              RE: Conch? Tue, 12/13/05 10:34 AM (permalink)
              Even up here in New England, I see it in the larger supermarkets now and then. It is expensive. I have never bought it, except on vacation at a restaurant. If they can get fresh Maine lobster to Las Vegas, I don't see why Bahamas conch can't be shipped as easily, but as with the lobster, flown in costs more. Ask at your fish market or supermarket. I'll bet that they can order you some.
               
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                AndreaB

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                RE: Conch? Tue, 12/27/05 4:09 PM (permalink)
                Thanks for the suggestions! We went to a Caribbean restaurant in Lexington recently and they had no conch fritters because they said the conch has been probitively expensive. Some of the diners left when they were told this, because the fritters are a big reason why many of them dine there. I wonder if the hurricanes affected the conch harvest and availability?

                Andrea
                 
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                  AndreaB

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                  RE: Conch? Tue, 12/27/05 4:17 PM (permalink)
                  Oops I meant "prohibitively" But you know there's not much conch in the fritters and it's minced so I don't know what's going on.

                  Andrea
                   
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                    roossy90

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                    RE: Conch? Wed, 12/28/05 6:46 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by AndreaB

                    Thanks for the suggestions! We went to a Caribbean restaurant in Lexington recently and they had no conch fritters because they said the conch has been probitively expensive. Some of the diners left when they were told this, because the fritters are a big reason why many of them dine there. I wonder if the hurricanes affected the conch harvest and availability?

                    Andrea


                    When I lived in the keys, and I think still, there is no conch harvesting in federal waters, and all conch comes from the caribbean..
                    I may be wrong, but I think it is still that way.
                    I will google myself after I post this reply...
                    I mean there are signs all up and down the road warning you not to take conch, under federal penalty..
                    Tara
                     
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                      roossy90

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                      RE: Conch? Wed, 12/28/05 6:47 PM (permalink)
                      http://www.savetheconch.org/history.html

                      This is what I just found...
                       
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                        Jimeats

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                        RE: Conch? Thu, 12/29/05 6:08 AM (permalink)
                        Nice post Roossy very informative. Don't they have a King and Queen Conch down there in Key West? Are'nt they one in the same? lol Chow Jim
                         
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                          roossy90

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                          RE: Conch? Thu, 12/29/05 12:21 PM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Jimeats

                          Nice post Roossy very informative. Don't they have a King and Queen Conch down there in Key West? Are'nt they one in the same? lol Chow Jim


                          Thanks,
                          Here is what I found... It shows them being different, and I cannnot say if they use the meat from the King or not...
                          That is a good point, but it looks like a totally different shell..
                          Hmmmmmmmmmm.
                          Tara

                          http://astridproductions.com/pink_conch.htm
                           
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                            Hasselhoff

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                            RE: Conch? Wed, 01/11/06 7:53 AM (permalink)
                            Conch?

                            Is conch like a steamed ham?
                             
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                              Sundancer7

                              RE: Conch? Wed, 01/11/06 8:44 AM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Hasselhoff

                              Conch?

                              Is conch like a steamed ham?


                              I sort of guess you are kiddding but in case you are not, I have attached something that you may find of interest.

                              http://www.foodreference.com/html/artconch.html


                              Paul E. Smith
                              Knoxville, TN
                               
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                                roossy90

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                                RE: Conch? Wed, 01/11/06 6:47 PM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by Hasselhoff

                                Conch?

                                Is conch like a steamed ham?


                                HUH?
                                That was a joke, right?
                                 
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                                  sizz

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                                  RE: Conch? Wed, 01/11/06 7:32 PM (permalink)
                                  if you cant find Conch then try using Abalone instead. Abalone is very similar in taste and texture............ you have to pound the hell out of them to make them eatable........... The best substitute for both of these gastropod mollusc is Squid steaks you'll be able to find them easily in sea food markets and there 10 times $$$cheaper............
                                   
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                                    roossy90

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                                    RE: Conch? Wed, 01/11/06 7:42 PM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by Jimeats

                                    Nice post Roossy very informative. Don't they have a King and Queen Conch down there in Key West? Are'nt they one in the same? lol Chow Jim

                                    ONLY IN Key WEst, the King and Queen are the same, snicker snicker wink wink!!
                                     
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                                      jchiszar

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                                      RE: Conch? Tue, 03/14/06 8:59 AM (permalink)
                                      Once a year and only in the Caribbean. Cracked or fritters.

                                      Less then a month before I taste those wonderful critters again!
                                       
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                                        Phishmonger

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                                        RE: Conch? Tue, 03/14/06 10:06 AM (permalink)
                                        I always carried frozen whole conch in the fish market when I was there. Sold enough to keep it on hand year-round. As I recall, it sold for only about $6.00 a pound. Came in 5-lb. cartons.
                                         
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                                          Phishmonger

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                                          RE: Conch? Tue, 03/14/06 10:07 AM (permalink)
                                          I've gotta say, I never tried it myself, but the regular customers who bought it would say it was reliably good from the frozen state.
                                           
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                                            dogmeat

                                            RE: Conch? Wed, 03/22/06 9:04 PM (permalink)
                                            Well my how things have changed, try $12 wholesale IF you can find it! Seems like it may have been overharvested, a shame. It's all those Northern visitors eating those fritters I guess.
                                             
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                                              Twinwillow

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                                              RE: Conch? Sat, 04/22/06 11:26 PM (permalink)
                                              I'm afraid that Conch is going in the same direction as Abalone.
                                              Availability, down-way down. And, prices up-way up!
                                               
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                                                DLnWPBrown

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                                                RE: Conch? Sun, 04/23/06 12:10 AM (permalink)
                                                Ahhhhhh, I remember living at Holden Beach NC when hurricane Diane came through. We went out the next morning and picked up hundreds of huge conch and took them back home. After washing them off, we loaded up the chest freezer, had a few drinks and waited for the freezer to do their magic. God they were good after all the work.


                                                Dennis in Cary
                                                 
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                                                  Jimeats

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                                                  RE: Conch? Sun, 04/23/06 8:09 AM (permalink)
                                                  Conch, harder than hens teeth to find up here in Boston. I use Scungilli alot during Lent and typically buy the canned product, the fresh is non existant. After much hunting at some of my favorite mercartos I did find one source and I bought the last five cans availible to the tune of about $40 dollars worth. At that price I'm not inviting freinds for dinner. I did notice that both brands of Scungilli are distributed out of Jersey one by Ruggiero seafood Newark and the other was Cape May seafood in Burleigh. Chow Jim
                                                   
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                                                    backfrmIraq

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                                                    RE: Conch? Mon, 06/12/06 2:47 PM (permalink)
                                                    Some of the Seafood places around Mobile and Panama City used to offer up conch chowder.....but that's easy to throw in a substiture rather than real conch.....nowadays haven't seen it offered on a menu around Mobile....crab Chowder is a good substitute
                                                     
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