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I heard that lobster is inexpensive now

True?

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  1. if you're from Maine maybe

    1. I heard today that you can find in around $6/lb in the DC area and around $3/lb in Maine.

      1. I was just up in Maine, and the word was that this time of year they've all recently molted and are thus "watery" and not as desirable as at other times. Maybe this is why??? I don't know. We had some and it tasted fine to me, but I don't get lobster all that much to make informed comparisons.

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        1. re: johnb

          Demand is way down, driving the prices down. Lots of fishermen in MA are in trouble with diesel fuel so high and wholesale prices under $4/pound.
          I drove by a market today that had 2 lobsters for $9.99, and they'll cook them.

          1. re: PrincessBakesALot

            When the stock market "tanked" a few weeks ago, US demand for lobsters fell. Because the US doesn't have most of a processing industry for lobsters (most are sold live by US lobster companies), there is not an outlet for the over-abundant supply of lobster. Normally, Canadian processors buy and cook the excess supply in a situation like this, but many were tied to Icelandic banks, which have collapsed in the financial crisis.

            So yes, demand is down and the supply of live lobsters is up. I run FishEx Seafoods, and have been thinking that this may be a good time to get into the lobster business.

          2. re: johnb

            Up here in Maine, softshells, recently molted, are in season all summer and fall. They always sell a bit cheaper than the hard shells. There is less meat, but they are not watery. Whoever said that doesn't know what they are talking about. many people like them better,. Some say they are sweeter. I'm not sure I agree, but they are a lot easier to eat.

            1. re: JMF

              I think people call them "watery" because that is how the new shell lobsters turn out when boiled. If you steam or grill them, you will have a much better result.

              1. re: JMF

                jmf, don't those softshell lobsters have googly eyes? like with your blog's halloween idea? cute. it made me think of these other googly eyes: http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Liv...

                thanks for the tip on good lobster for the price. i'm expecting a lobster dinner when i win a little bet.

                1. re: alkapal

                  Thanks for pointing out the googly eyes on Slashfood. I was so busy at the winery the past few days I missed that. I'm not sure if that SLN skit was funny or just plain scary. All good food and scary plants have googly eyes. Are the lobsters and ferns going to gang up on us?
                  http://www.slashfood.com/2008/10/24/e...

                2. re: JMF

                  The guy who told me they were "watery" was the fellow behind the counter at Young's Lobster Pound in Belfast, Maine.

                  1. re: johnb

                    Soft shell lobsters are 'watery' in that the shells have space in them, so they have excess water in there if boiled, but the meat itself isn't watery. It's nice and tender if cooked properly. They need a shorter cooking time than hard shells. If steamed you don't have water pouring out of the shells when you crack them open, and so they are not watery.

                    The guy at Young's should have been a bit more specific, but may not know any better. Working at a pound, selling lobsters, doesn't mean you know everything about them or how to cook them.

                    Even being a 'lobsterman' doesn't make you an expert on lobsters, just on catching them. Many folks in the business are just seasonal or short term workers.

              2. Saw a report on TV, but only caught a bit. Last item covered by the narrator: "Bologna is now more expensive than lobster."

                1. Paid $3.99/lb at MB last week and $2.40/lb on the coast in Maine 2 weeks ago.