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2008/07/25 21:31:22 (permalink)

Fresh lobster prices in New England

I was in Galilee, Rhode Island last week and live lobsters in the 1 to 1 1/4 pound size were selling at a place next door to Champlins for $5.99 per pound. In Ct., my supermarket is selling the same size and nowhere near as fresh, for $9.99/lb. What are they going for in your area?
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    MotherNature_
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/25 21:35:16 (permalink)
    quote:
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    I was in Galilee, Rhode Island last week and live lobsters in the 1 to 1 1/4 pound size were selling at a place next door to Champlins for $5.99 per pound. In Ct., my supermarket is selling the same size and nowhere near as fresh, for $9.99/lb. What are they going for in your area?


    Just curious, how can a live lobster not be fresh, unless it's obviously about to croak?

    Just asking... .
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/25 21:46:33 (permalink)
    If it's been existing comatose, albeit alive, for a week in a tank, I wouldn't call it fresh.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/25 21:55:16 (permalink)
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    If it's been existing comatose, albeit alive, for a week in a tank, I wouldn't call it fresh.


    He's not in a coma. He's sleeping.

    Mister, could you help me wake up my lobster?

    /obscure?
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/25 22:04:31 (permalink)
    $14.95 a pound at two different supermarket chains in Columbus, Ohio.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/26 05:22:15 (permalink)
    quote:
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    If it's been existing comatose, albeit alive, for a week in a tank, I wouldn't call it fresh.


    If that were the case I wouldn't be stupid enough to buy it.

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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/26 08:12:51 (permalink)
    I'm not sure what fresh meens. If their kicking or just moveing they are fresh.
    Lobsters are graded like steaks. This time of year the shedders are common and they don't command the price of a hard shell select.
    Also depends on where they were harvested, top dollar for Canadian and Maine.
    If you get a lazy lobster and it meets it's maker on the way home from market, cook it, it's still good. We call those sleepers and I use them a lot. But if it smells like amonnia toss it. Chow Jim
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/26 08:15:27 (permalink)
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    I'm not sure what fresh meens. If their kicking or just moveing they are fresh.
    Lobsters are graded like steaks. This time of year the shedders are common and they don't command the price of a hard shell select.
    Also depends on where they were harvested, top dollar for Canadian and Maine.
    If you get a lazy lobster and it meets it's maker on the way home from market, cook it, it's still good. We call those sleepers and I use them a lot. But if it smells like amonnia toss it. Chow Jim


    Exactly.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/26 10:04:40 (permalink)
    Two week's ago...local supermarket had 4 to 6 pound lobsters @ $5.99/lb. (and they steam them for you). We shared one and it was great!
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/29 10:10:56 (permalink)
    From what I've seen in the Boston area and Central MA, you normally get a price break on chicks and jumbos because they're hard to sell. I think the 2-3lb lobsters normally go for ~10$/lb in hard shell season, and a couple bucks cheaper in soft shell season.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/29 11:49:23 (permalink)
    Here in New Paltz this week one of our local supermarkets is offering 1-1/4 - 11/2 lobsters for 5.99. Larger are priced "according to size".

    We bought a 6 pounder two weeks ago for 5.99/lb.

    Cheers, john
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/29 12:35:33 (permalink)
    Yesterday in Auburn, Mass, $3 lb. The guy selling them got arrested, according to the paper today.....They had come out of a highway accident and had been condemed. Looked like a tempest in a teapot to me. The remaining lobsters were let go in Boston harbor........I suppose that if the get re-caught to day, they will be ok to eat, and $6.99 per lb......lol
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/29 14:49:20 (permalink)
    Prices are creeping up fast, catch is down, shedders are common now and the local demand has fallen off somewhat.
    Not sure how they condem a load of lobsters if they are still alive.
    Guy probably got arrested due to the lack of ALL the permits required to sell and transport shell fish and regular fish. Chow Jim
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/29 15:40:43 (permalink)
    In Dallas, the Asian markets sell the freshest lobsters for about $7-8.99 per pound. That's more than half of what they sell for in the conventional markets. But, the Asian markets don't stock the larger ones. They usually stock the 1-1/4 lb to 2 pounders-if that big.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/29 15:51:45 (permalink)
    They're on sale at various times and stores for $5.99 on Long Island. Sometimes that includes the big ones. The big lobsters dont's shed as often as the 1-2 pounders, so you're more likely to get a hard shell (full of meat, not water). I insist on squeezing the claw before I buy. If it's soft, I won't take it.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/07/30 06:23:40 (permalink)
    I heard on the radio this am that lobster demand is not so high this summer, so the wholesale price is $4.50/lb whereas last summer it was $5.25/lb They say translates to about $7-8 dollars per lb(for soft shell)
    I have not had my lobster yet this summer, I guess it is time!
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/13 00:14:45 (permalink)
    In Dayton, the only place is kroger or meijers. They were 10.99 this week. I never see one over 2lbs and the 2's are rare
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/15 09:37:57 (permalink)
    Champlins still had lobsters at $5.99 this week. If I recall correctly, they would steam & serve any 2-lb or larger lobster you pick out, with butter for an extra $3.

    Up the street, another fish market had shelled lobster tail meat for $39.99 / lb and $37.99 / lb for mixed tail & claw meat.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/15 10:16:22 (permalink)

    Roy,


    It is about $9.99 for chicks and a bit more for 1 1/2 sized ones at the store here in Waterbury. There seems to be some disconnect with the stores and the consumers here as the TV news is telling everybody about this situation of overabundance.
    I go to a place, Gulf Shrimp, next to you in Southington and chicks were about $6.99 a week ago.
    I just called them and the price has held for the chicks, $8.99 for 1.5 up and two pound lobters are around $10.99
    This topic has made me hungry and I am jumping in the car later.

    This has me enthused as I want to make lobster rolls. The New England style of course, but I see a sushi Lobster roll as another ceation. I can make California rolls with them and I will call them 'Anywhere But Boston Rolls'.

    mark

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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/15 13:40:49 (permalink)
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    quote:
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    I'm not sure what fresh meens. If their kicking or just moveing they are fresh.
    Lobsters are graded like steaks. This time of year the shedders are common and they don't command the price of a hard shell select.
    Also depends on where they were harvested, top dollar for Canadian and Maine.
    If you get a lazy lobster and it meets it's maker on the way home from market, cook it, it's still good. We call those sleepers and I use them a lot. But if it smells like amonnia toss it. Chow Jim


    Exactly.


    Well, not exactly. A lobster that has been in a pound or a tank for a week will still kick mightily when plucked out, but it isn't as fresh as one that has just hit the docks. Both may be live and fresh, and indistinguishable in appearance, but they are not the same.

    Not really any different that veggies or fruit that have just gotten to the local grocery store. They are fresh and good to eat, but not as fresh as ones just picked and sold from the farm.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/15 14:13:01 (permalink)
    A lobster kept in a tank,are you saying,doesn't taste as good??? Explain,please.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/15 15:16:15 (permalink)
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    A lobster kept in a tank,are you saying,doesn't taste as good??? Explain,please.


    Think of it this way. If I put you in a cage for a week, without feeding you, you might still be "fresh" in the sense you were alive and kicking when I dropped you in a pot of boiling water, but you'd probably have less meat on you than you did the day you were caught.

    While a necessity to bring things to market, things (fish, meat, fruit, etc) rarely, if ever, improve in taste, flavor, or quality during the trip from their natural habitat to the grocery store or market.

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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/18 12:17:39 (permalink)
    We paid $6.99/lb over the weekend for a family function. I picked them up at Price Chopper, a northeast chain supermarket. They were good, and easy to open because they recently shed, but as Jim mentioned they were not as good as the hard shelled selects. (but those hard shelled babies can be hard to open)
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/18 12:53:33 (permalink)
    BTW. All the mid west markets that sell lobsters(again korger and Meijersanyway) offer to steam them for free while you shop.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/18 12:56:01 (permalink)
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    BTW. All the mid west markets that sell lobsters(again korger and Meijersanyway) offer to steam them for free while you shop.


    I assume this is so you can eat them in the car on the way home?
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/08/30 08:50:41 (permalink)
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    quote:
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    BTW. All the mid west markets that sell lobsters(again korger and Meijersanyway) offer to steam them for free while you shop.


    I assume this is so you can eat them in the car on the way home?

    In my area lobsters have bee 5.99 to 6.99 a pound for the past few weeks. Quite different from last year when the prices were so high! We've been enjoying them!
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/09/01 23:03:23 (permalink)
    Thanks doggydaddy for your totally on topic reply. Sorry it took me so long to read you as so many people decided to take me to task over my inadvertent use of the term "fresh" and I lost interest in reading the topic. Anyway, we picked up 4 chicks at Stew Leonards in Newington yesterday at 5.99 per pound and had them tonight. They were alive enough to scream when hitting the steam (just kidding) but were excellent.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/09/02 00:18:12 (permalink)
    A long time ago when I fished for lobster in the Thames River, CT, the pound I sold to said that a few days in the pound was a good thing. It gives the lobster a chance to clean out its tract.

    IMO, properly pounded lobaters are viable for at least a couple of weeks. Lobsters in supermarkets are another thing.

    There, I done my first post.
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    RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England 2008/09/02 00:23:34 (permalink)
    Welcome bobfuses...thanks for the info....enjoy our site!!
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    Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England 2009/02/12 00:49:48 (permalink)
    I was in Rochester NH earlier this week and they were $3.99 lb for the chix (under a pound) at the grocery store.
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