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Roy
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Fresh lobster prices in New England - Fri, 07/25/08 9:31 PM
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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?

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RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England - Fri, 07/25/08 9:35 PM
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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 - Fri, 07/25/08 9:46 PM
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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 - Fri, 07/25/08 9:55 PM
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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 - Fri, 07/25/08 10:04 PM
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$14.95 a pound at two different supermarket chains in Columbus, Ohio.

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RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England - Sat, 07/26/08 5:22 AM
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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 - Sat, 07/26/08 8:12 AM
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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

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RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England - Sat, 07/26/08 8:15 AM
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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 - Sat, 07/26/08 10:04 AM
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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 - Tue, 07/29/08 10:10 AM
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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 - Tue, 07/29/08 11:49 AM
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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 - Tue, 07/29/08 12:35 PM
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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 - Tue, 07/29/08 2:49 PM
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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 - Tue, 07/29/08 3:40 PM
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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 - Tue, 07/29/08 3:51 PM
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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 - Wed, 07/30/08 6:23 AM
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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 - Wed, 08/13/08 12:14 AM
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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
britt

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RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England - Fri, 08/15/08 9:37 AM
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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 - Fri, 08/15/08 10:16 AM
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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 - Fri, 08/15/08 1:40 PM
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Originally posted by Jimeats

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 - Fri, 08/15/08 2:13 PM
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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 - Fri, 08/15/08 3:16 PM
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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 - Mon, 08/18/08 12:17 PM
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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 - Mon, 08/18/08 12:53 PM
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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.

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RE: Fresh lobster prices in New England - Mon, 08/18/08 12:56 PM
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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 - Sat, 08/30/08 8:50 AM
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Originally posted by brittneal

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 - Mon, 09/1/08 11:03 PM
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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 - Tue, 09/2/08 12:18 AM
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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 - Tue, 09/2/08 12:23 AM
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Welcome bobfuses...thanks for the info....enjoy our site!!

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 02/12/09 12:49 AM
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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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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 02/12/09 6:01 AM
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I worked in a couple of seafood resturants that carried live lobsters.  After a busy week the water would get really nasty from all the lobsters run thru it.  It definitely affects the taste.   One time we got in a huge shipment of small chicks that filled the tank.  A few of them were in "berry".  I dont know why, but they were reall dirty and clouded up the tank so much you could barely see them the next day.
I never had a problem with shell fish before I worked with live lobsters daily.  Between handling them and cleaning the tank I developed a minor allergy to shellfish.  I can eat them with no problem.  When I handle them or clean a lot of shrimp, my hands puff up and get itchy.  I saw a dermatologist who happened to come from lobster country.  He said when he practiced there it was a common problem.  If I gey poked by a sharp part of the shell, my hand will puff up and I get hives.
The more you handle them the lower your resistance can get.
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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Sun, 05/24/09 3:26 PM
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Shaws has 1-1/4 lb lobsters at $5.99/lb this week.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Tue, 07/7/09 4:43 PM
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Picked up two this past weekend at $4.99/lb at a roadside seller - quite kickingly fresh.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Tue, 07/7/09 4:51 PM
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Yesterday I walked by the lobster tank in one of the supermarkets here and they were selling at $10.95 a pound for 1 1/4-pounders and $12.95 a pound for 1/1/2-pounders.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Tue, 07/7/09 5:17 PM
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Michael Hoffman


Yesterday I walked by the lobster tank in one of the supermarkets here and they were selling at $10.95 a pound for 1 1/4-pounders and $12.95 a pound for 1/1/2-pounders.


holy crap! that's expensive. It's July - prices should be dropping!  Although, gas prices at what they are, shipping fresh lobster to Mid-West can't be cheap.
 
 

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Tue, 07/7/09 5:52 PM
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Michael Hoffman


Yesterday I walked by the lobster tank in one of the supermarkets here and they were selling at $10.95 a pound for 1 1/4-pounders and $12.95 a pound for 1/1/2-pounders.


I'm guessing you kept walking.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Tue, 07/7/09 6:09 PM
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Oh yeah!

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Tue, 07/7/09 9:15 PM
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Roy


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?

 
Stew Leonard's(Ct) has been advertising whole lobsters for $5.99 per pound.  Locally(Pa)I just got 16oz tails at $.99/oz.



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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Wed, 07/8/09 1:25 PM
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Oh man, I take back my "holy crap" statement. Live Wild Caught Lobster at Harris Teeter on Pennsylvania AVE SE on Cap hill in DC...wait for it....wait for it.....14.99/lb!!!   now THAT'S a holy crap. jeez, maybe I should move to Ohio...


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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Wed, 07/8/09 2:14 PM
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Scorereader


Oh man, I take back my "holy crap" statement. Live Wild Caught Lobster at Harris Teeter on Pennsylvania AVE SE on Cap hill in DC...wait for it....wait for it.....14.99/lb!!!   now THAT'S a holy crap. jeez, maybe I should move to Ohio...


I called an old friend in Connecticut who happens to be a lobsterman. He said he's lucky to be getting four bucks a pound.
Somewhere, someone's making lots of money off lobstermen.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Wed, 07/8/09 3:04 PM
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Apparently in the mid west, Mr.Hoffman. We cant touch lobster for the prices everyone has mentioned....and I am insanely jealous.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 10:58 AM
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Ann, I'm in the mid-atlantic - home to blue crab, oysters, clams, and an abundance of fishies, and only 1/2 day Acela train ride from Boston, and I'm jealous! Lobster in the summer is our annual tradition. I make salt potatoes (a syracuse tradition), boil up the lobsters and grill corn on the cob in their husks). At 14.99/lb (for 1-1/4 pounders), I don't think we'll be doing it until I can find a better price - like at least under ten bucks /lb. I'd buy extra for soups and salads for under $8/lb

Even in my hometown of Syracuse, July meant ~$5 or 6/lb for live maine lobsters ~1-1/2 pounders. At this point, in DC, it's cheaper to get dungenous crab from the WEST coast.  arrrgh! Michael Hoffman is right, SOMEONE is making a killing!


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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 11:02 AM
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Glad to hear I am not the only one,Scorereader.We are paying about 24.99 a lb right now. Now for some reason, king crab legs have gone way down here-I found them for 12.99 a lb.Thats a steal  in Wisconsin.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 11:59 AM
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annpeeples


Glad to hear I am not the only one,Scorereader.We are paying about 24.99 a lb right now. Now for some reason, king crab legs have gone way down here-I found them for 12.99 a lb.Thats a steal  in Wisconsin.


The Giant Eagle supermarkets here have King crab on special this week for $10.95 a pound. I bought some last month when it was on special at $8.95 a pound.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 12:11 PM
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Well, again, I am jealous!!

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 12:18 PM
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Ah, yes! I found a seafood place in Bethesda. It's owned by a lobster fisherman in Maine. The stuff is here in a day or two from the NE coast. - $9.99/lb. I'll be there tomorrow so I can bring home Lobster for our 10th Anniversary. Sweet! Thank you Google! (I also found some asian seafood places in the 'burbs, selling for $5-7/lb depending on which store, but research says these aren't necessarily any fresher than grocery store lobsters that have been in a tank for an unspecified amount of time - although, it's a good price for making salads and soups)


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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 12:35 PM
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Last night grocery shopping I passed the seafood counter and saw "Maine Lobster tails" for $39.99/lbs.

Welcome to North Dakota.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 12:57 PM
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Good God!

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 12:58 PM
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Ah, yes! I found a seafood place in Bethesda. It's owned by a lobster fisherman in Maine. The stuff is here in a day or two from the NE coast. - $9.99/lb. I'll be there tomorrow so I can bring home Lobster for our 10th Anniversary. Sweet! Thank you Google! (I also found some asian seafood places in the 'burbs, selling for $5-7/lb depending on which store, but research says these aren't necessarily any fresher than grocery store lobsters that have been in a tank for an unspecified amount of time - although, it's a good price for making salads and soups)


Happy anniversary!

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 8:35 PM
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Scorereader


Ah, yes! I found a seafood place in Bethesda. It's owned by a lobster fisherman in Maine. The stuff is here in a day or two from the NE coast. - $9.99/lb. I'll be there tomorrow so I can bring home Lobster for our 10th Anniversary. Sweet! Thank you Google! (I also found some asian seafood places in the 'burbs, selling for $5-7/lb depending on which store, but research says these aren't necessarily any fresher than grocery store lobsters that have been in a tank for an unspecified amount of time - although, it's a good price for making salads and soups)


When I lived up in NOVA (10 years back), there was a fellow who sold ,fresh from Maine, down around Glen Echo and also close to NIH. Hope your's is the same guy as he always had excellent product.
 
Happy anniversary,  Doug 

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Thu, 07/9/09 9:04 PM
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A few weeks ago (and every so often BTB) Shoprite in Derby has Lobster on sale @ $4.99 per lb. I buy 4 cook 2 to eat that weekend and the other 2 I cook and sucker bag and freeze for Lobster rolls, pretty good deal.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Fri, 07/10/09 9:10 AM
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Dave's in RI is advertising king crab at $8.99 /lb, fresh caught mussels at $2.49 and Ipswich steamers at $2.99 this week.  Guess it's a seafood weekend.

Just a few years ago, they would often times have mussels at 50 cents / lb.  I always wondered how they could make a profit bagging up & selling me two pounds for $1.  Unfortunately, they shot way up in price about two years ago.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Sun, 08/2/09 9:53 AM
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I've been craving lobster lately, but not bad enough to pay a restaurant $50.  If I want to umm..sort of pig out by myself, will one be enough?  Most of the fresh ones around here are at the Asian markets and I'd guestimate are about 1 to 1.5 lbs  I want leftovers for 1 big salad, too.  How long will the meat keep?  And let's say I cook two, eat one.  Should I chill the extra one whole, or remove the meat first?  Thanks 

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Sun, 08/2/09 11:50 PM
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Fairway in New York, Long Island has Lobster at $4.99 a pound, all sizes (including the bigguns).  King Crab at $6.99

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Fri, 08/7/09 2:15 PM
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Shaws is advertising lobsters at $4.88 / lb this week.  Read the wholesale price is down to $2.25 / lb.    Daves (RI) has an excellent lobster salad at their deli counter for $19.95 / lb.  Local restaurants are advertising $12 dinners & $20 twins.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Fri, 08/7/09 2:25 PM
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rainyday6


I've been craving lobster lately, but not bad enough to pay a restaurant $50.  If I want to umm..sort of pig out by myself, will one be enough?  Most of the fresh ones around here are at the Asian markets and I'd guestimate are about 1 to 1.5 lbs  I want leftovers for 1 big salad, too.  How long will the meat keep?  And let's say I cook two, eat one.  Should I chill the extra one whole, or remove the meat first?  Thanks 


If you want lobster meat for "leftovers" you'll certainly need more than one bug at those weights. I know that when I eat lobster I need at least two of those little one and a half-pounders for just one meal -- and that would only be if I was eating something else with them.
 
If you just want to eat one, and buy a second for your "leftovers," you'll need to cook them both as they don't live long out of water.

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Fri, 08/7/09 2:41 PM
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A 1-lb lobster has almost 1/4 lb of meat.  A two pound has about 9-10 oz.  I'm amused when they like to make the claim that lobster is cheaper than hot dogs - but who eats the shell? 

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Fri, 08/7/09 3:23 PM
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Having just spent three weeks in Maine (and knowing a number

of lobstermen), I am saddened to report that the current boat price for

lobsters -- at least in Maine -- is hovering around just @ $ 2.00/lb.

 


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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Tue, 08/11/09 2:27 PM
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Question.  A buddy and I would like to have a bunch of friends over on Labor Day weekend and cook up a mess of lobsters.  We are planning on travelling to "somewhere in New England" to purchase said lobsters.  Our goals are to get them as cheap, fresh and by paying as few middle-men as possible.  We'd love to get right from the fisherman if poossible.

My question is does anyone know of such a place?  Are the pick-up truck fishermen as pictured above common?  Could they handle an order of 30-40 1.5 pounders?  Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

hey mjambro!  Got any connections?

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Re:Fresh lobster prices in New England - Tue, 08/11/09 3:07 PM
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annpeeples


Apparently in the mid west, Mr.Hoffman. We cant touch lobster for the prices everyone has mentioned....and I am insanely jealous.
 

No different in Dallas, Ann. Other than the Asian markets, prices are still high.



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