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Nov 24, 2006 03:44 PM

Bryd brand canned crab meat...Any good?

Could not find fresh so picked up a can of this at Trader Joes. Planning on making crab cakes with it. Any thoughts?

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  1. canned crab is absolutely dreadful.

    1. I have seen that at TJ's but I prefer back-fin crab meat over the darker claw meat so I have not bought it. Most canned crab is pretty dreadful but some that I have had similar to that and stocked chilled has been okay. What I find amusing is that when I am making Vietnamese spring rolls. That chill pack canned crab has just the right flavor.

      1. The San Francisco Chronicle rated Byrd's canned crab (found in the refrigerated section at Trader Joe's) 90 out of 100. So it might be OK!

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        1. re: blue room

          This is was bought refrigerated so perhaps it will work out. Will post the results.

          1. re: tunapet

            I have bought that crab a few times-- the regular and the deluxe-- and each time found the flavor lacking. And that's in comparison to similar refrigerated canned crab that I get at Costco. I've ended up using the TJs stuff in tacos and things like that.

            They are both better than those cans that sit on the shelf unrefrigerated and are much more highly processed.

        2. I agree with the SF Chron.
          I've had pretty good luck with the TJ's refridgerated canned crab for crab cakes . . . not so interested in the stuff next to the canned tuna.

          1. I have used it many times. I don't use it for crab louis or anything like that, but it's great for crab quiche, crab enchiladas, or well-seasoned crab cakes - i.e., recipes where the subtle taste of fresh crab would be overpowered by the other ingredients.

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            1. re: Anya L

              Agreed!! I made Crab and Shrimp Cakes and they were excellent with it... I hope to make Crab Ravioli with it soon! :)