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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.
                Thanks!

            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.