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Best place, well priced fresh jumbo lump crabmeat?

Hey chowhounders....where would you go to get fresh jumbo lumop crabmeat that is well priced? I need about 2 lbs and don't want to break the bank. Making crabcakes this weekend...oh yeah!! :)

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  1. I just happened to see lump crab at Sam's Club. The price was around $8/lbs. I have not tried it so I'm not sure of the taste.

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    1. re: rchico3553

      If you live close to a How's Market they have Phillips in one pound cans at a very good price. Huge pieces of crab. Also Costco has it but it is more expensive but still a bargain.

      1. re: jsl

        Costco def has it, forgot how much it costs though, <10 bucks if I remember correctly (still have it in my fridge)

        1. re: ns1

          Yes. costco is a good suppliere, and it keeps for a while in the fridge. Not fresh, pasteurized, but as close as you can get & store for 6+ months.

      1. I don't know about "well priced" but I just bought 1/2 lb. Dungeness Leg Crab Meat from Santa Monica Seafood yesterday. It was $28.99 per lb. I made about 8 crabcakes out of 1/2 lb.

        1. costco has the best price. we've used it many time for crab cakes and it's great.

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          1. re: woofer

            I stopped making crab cakes when I bought the crab cakes in Costco's frozen food section. They're from a company in Maryland and they are fantastic. Just enough bread crumbs to bind the crab, otherwise its all lump crab meat.

              1. re: monku

                Hi Monku,
                I know you posted this awhile ago and they may not have it anymore, but could you mind telling me more about the crab cakes you are talking about? I just came from Costco and was looking around for them but didn't see them.

            1. Best deal on lump crab meat is definitely the Phillips brand canned meat from costco, wihch usually runs about $13 for a pound.
              How's has Phillips claw meat for about $8, and it's $6 when it's on sale.
              Trader Joe's recently started stocking its own canned claw meat in the refrigerated section for about $7.

              you can definitely make pretty decent crab cakes with claw meat as well, if you'd like to save a few bucks. i've used both, and while i prefer lump, claw definitely ain't bad.

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              1. re: Bert

                The crabmeat at TJ's is absolutely revolting. I haven't had the Costco brand because I'm so leery now after two separate terrible experiences with the TJ's crab meat (returned it, got a new tin, and it was STILL awful).

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  just curious, das ubergeek--was this the shelf-stable canned crab or the refrigerated canned crab? i've found the shelf-stable stuff to be sub-par, but have had good luck with the refrigerated...they had two brands for a while, and one was def better than the other.

                  1. re: chez cherie

                    The refrigerated in the squat blue tin. Just absolutely disgusting and ammoniac.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      eeew. i wonder if there was a refrigeration problem in shipping. i hope you brought it to their attention and got a refund! tj is very good about that, and i'm sure they'd want to know!

                  2. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Get over it, geek. Costco's is fine.

                2. Another vote for COSTCO and it's Jumbo Lump Crabmeat

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                  1. re: orythedog

                    I am never without the Coscto jumbo lump crabmeat.The origin of the crab is either Vietnam or Phillipines.

                    1. re: maudies5

                      Another vote for Costco. I buy it here in Florida and it's always good.

                      1. re: pvgirl

                        Blue crab is definitely the best, from the Chesapeake Bay, off the Carolina's, etc. But canned is almost always pasteurized. I can taste the difference. After much trial and error, I have settled on mail-order, refrigerated shipments from:

                        The Crab Place (in Mayland)

                        Linton's Seafood is also good

                        Of course, this crabmeat will cost you several times more than Costco's! Me, I'd rather have less of the best from the Chesapeake Bay.

                    2. re: orythedog

                      As a note (being the person who originally posted about the costco meat 2 years ago!), the costco crab meat is no longer the Phillips brand. Now they're selling Chicken of the Sea lump crab meat (still from vietnam or thailand)... thing is, it's also a lot more expensive now; around $14 or $15 for the one-pound can.

                      If you can do without lump, the best deal is still getting a can of phillips from Hows for $6 or $7, but they only have leg meat...

                      1. re: Bert

                        Really, since when?? I have a can/jar of Phillips in my 2nd fridge right now, bought about 5 mos ago.

                    3. I am not sure if Costco stopped carrying Phiilips brand completely, but I was at Costco today and asked a worker and she showed me some lump crab meat in the cold section near the prepared foods and cheeses, the brand was Blue Star I think (?) and it sold for $14 a pound.

                      Blue Star
                      2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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                      1. re: eharrod22

                        I am writing this on November 25, 2012 & I just bought Costco's Blue Star lump & jumbo crabmeat. It was $16.99. Everything is going up, up, up!

                      2. I bought lump crabmeat and made the best crabcakes with it
                        I'm going back today to get crabmeat for a huge pot of homemade crabsoup
                        thanks Costco for being a good surce for me