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TOO MUCH KING CRAB

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qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 01:12 AM

Ok, so I'm thinking all of you have noticed the huge drop in King Crab (and snow crab) prices this past year. Recently, my local grocer has them on sale for $5/lb (to think, only 5 years ago, I was paying $20-25/lb). I have ALOT of it. I steam em, make crab cakes, put it in sushi, salad....what else can I do??? Can one really get sick of crab?

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  1. CapeCodGuy RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 03:10 AM

    crab dip....crap puffs...crab crostini...crab canapes...crab stuffing...crab bisque...crab scampi....crab gratinee...crab newburg...crab gumbo....deviled crab...Me sick of crab? Not possible!

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      bryan RE: CapeCodGuy Oct 5, 2006 06:27 AM

      I'm with ya CCguy. Would like to add: Crab salad, Crab Louis, crab bisque - crab coated fish (thin fillets) lightly fried. Crab fritters, Crab au gratin. Oh my. I wish it cost 5$ a pound here in Chicago.

    2. Davwud RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 02:03 PM

      We have at times had a lot of them on hand too. Once for a change I make King Crab Po'boys. They were fantastic.

      DT

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        Biggie RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 04:04 PM

        Where the hell ae you getting king crab for $5 a lb?

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          qtxniki RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 04:07 PM

          In Ontario...Loblaws. 17.97 CDN for 3.5 lbs

          Jealous huh? =)

          I had a king crab omelette this morning. Also, spent 3 hours deshelling like 10lbs of it yesterday. I have a big pile of king crab leg meat sitting in a container in my fridge.

          Any1 got a good chowder or bisque recipe?

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            Mila RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 05:02 PM

            I know, it's crazy. I'm in Toronto. Whenever I see it I have to buy it, because the bonanza could be over at anytime.

            I am going to make crab linguine with the bag I've got in the freezer now.

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              Davwud RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 05:42 PM

              Make sure you save those bones qt.

              It's great for stock

              DT

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                Scagnetti RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 06:01 PM

                How do you deshell them? I always make a mess of it and waste a lot of meat.

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                  qtxniki RE: Scagnetti Oct 5, 2006 08:53 PM

                  I just use a chopstick for the body segments. I use a nice pair of kitchen shears to cut down the leg, pop the meat out. Each piece should come out whole if the crab is fresh.

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                Atahualpa RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 05:08 PM

                I'm in T.O. How didn't I know! I've been sitting here assuming its as expensive as ever! I'm going to Loblaws (or somewhere else)!

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                  Mila RE: Atahualpa Oct 5, 2006 05:19 PM

                  This weekend at Loblaws! $5.99 lb.

                  http://www.loblaws.ca/en/this_weeks_f...

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                    qtxniki RE: Atahualpa Oct 5, 2006 08:55 PM

                    Poor you...I hope you live in a neighbourhood that doesnt hoard them. My local Loblaws still has a ton of them, Yonge and Yonge.

                    Granted, I've been the one picking through every single bag to get the one with the largest legs. Some bags even have whole king crabs halves still all together.

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                      Davwud RE: qtxniki Oct 6, 2006 02:49 PM

                      Yonge and Yonge??

                      DT

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                    amoncada RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 05:08 PM

                    Jewel and Dominicks in the Chicago area occasionally have great sales on Alaskan King Crab...like $7.99 a pound. I'll keep a look out.

                    1. Davwud RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 05:41 PM

                      I guess I'll have to stock up too.
                      I'm down to my last couple pounds.

                      DT

                      1. macca RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 05:54 PM

                        Shaws supermarkets in the Boston area had them for 7.99 a pound. My mother called me and told me she bought "lots and lots" of them, and wants me to come by and make something. I was thinking of crab meat pie, as she loves that, but will be happy to see more suggestions and/or recipes.

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                          MeowMixx RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 07:22 PM

                          King crab sushi. Just toss crab with a little mayo and sriracho sauce. serve over sushi rice, wrap with nori. ta daaaaa

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                            swsidejim RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 07:26 PM

                            all these recipes are great ideas, but many will cover-up the incredible taste of King Crab... maoyo on King Crab,etc... does King Crab a diservice. Steam the crab and eat it with or without butter... cant beat it...

                            save these recipes for cheaper, less tasty crab like snow crab, and Dungeness.

                            just one crab lovers opinion...

                            either way your getting a great price,

                            I never buy King Crab @ Jewel, or other supermarkets, I go to a restaurant seafood supplier. If forced to get some from a supermarket avoid the ones in the refrigerated case..make them go back to their freezer, and pull the unthawed ones....

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                              macca RE: swsidejim Oct 5, 2006 07:30 PM

                              Yup- I like steamed crab with a bit of lemon juice. ANd, like you, I buy all of my fish from my local seafood shop. Funny- my mother told me that when she asked the fish guy at Shaw's supermarket for the crab legs, he told her he would get the frozen ones from the freezer, as they would be better than the ones in the case. She got pretty good service from a store that I really hate!

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                              Biggie RE: qtxniki Oct 5, 2006 07:38 PM

                              geez, I got all excited, and the Shaw's near me (South Shore) has king crab legs on "sale" for $13.99/lb. - screw that

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                                macca RE: Biggie Oct 6, 2006 07:14 PM

                                I know my mom went to the one in Melrose- they just reopened after renovations, so maybe it was a special sale at that location.

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                                wayne keyser RE: qtxniki Oct 6, 2006 12:44 AM

                                BTW, when you're done eating most of the meat (and getting tired of dealing with the really skinny segments) - crab stock. Concentrate and freeze it.

                                Then you can have crab bisque, etc.

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