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Dungeness crab $/lb at your local stores?

I saw $6.99/lb at the Newark Ranch 99 this past Sunday. They didn't specify origin, but the crabs were lively.

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  1. $6.99/lb at Foster City 99 Ranch this evening. Didn't ask the origin as crabs looked pretty lifeless.

    Lobster was $7.99/lb and looked a lot livelier.

    1. $8.99/lb at Whole Foods Potrero.

      1. $7.99 lb at Mollie Stones local, cooked. I remember walking through chinatown as a child with boxes of lively crab in front of the fish markets. I wonder what the prices are in Chinatown, and if there are many crabs at all?

        1. G&G Super in Petaluma has them for $4.99/lb caught local from their own boats out of Bodega Bay. The Santa Rosa location sold out this morning,

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          1. re: Civil Bear

            Bodega Bay update. I tried to do my traditional crab fishing trip with Wills this weekend but the sisters who sold & owned it have moved on to Florida and Oregon. Captain Les has taken over part of the space/business and now its called 'Fish On.' When I spoke with Les he told me that he had already pulled all his gear in because the catch had been so pitiful. Sad but I guess every season is different.
            Spuds had local crab bought from a combination of fishermen, cooked for 6.99. These had some missing legs & weren't gorgeous. The owner usually buys her catch from her son who is a careful fisherman & his crabs are perfect. He wasn't due back in till after I left so I missed out on the really good ones. These were great warmed over the campfire, no plates, shells tossed right into the flames. Not as great as catching them yourself though. The chowder was out of this world, also warmed over the fire in a tea kettle-Yummy times.
            There were two other vendors selling Live crabs. I didn't catch their price. Live isn't the best bet camping so I didn't bother with the messy fuss. One place is when you first roll into town, bay side of the highway and the other was a private residence on your way to Spud Point/Bodega Head on the right.

          2. 6.99/lb at lucky seafood, 8th st in Chinatown Oakland, lively and fat.


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            1. re: lihsiawang

              $6.99 was the going rate in Oakland Chinatown. I think it was Lucky, the young guy was trying to get me to buy some today saying the price would go up tomorrow. I'll just wait until Thursday.

            2. $6.49/lb at Cupertino Marina Foods, no origin specified & lifeless. Pretty depressing, they even had a pile of dead ones.

              1. I bought mine from Monterey Fish on Hopkins for $6.99. It worked.

                1. Alioto-Lazio at Fisherman's Wharf has free parking (for two or three cars) and fresh and lively crab for $5.50 a lb. My last one was 3 lbs, and made the best crab dish La Principessa says she ever ate.

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                  1. re: little big al

                    That sounds like a great deal. Was that the price for live crab or cooked (steamed) crab? Also, where is the free parking?

                    1. re: cvhound

                      That's the live price. I almost always buy live as I find it difficult otherwise to judge their "liveliness". The parking is right outside the front door and is absolutely for use only while shopping. P.S. Last night's crab 2 lbs. 12 oz.

                      1. re: little big al

                        Thanks for the parking tip, Al! We're planning to take a bunch of crabs down to Southern California for Christmas dinner (my entire family are huge crab fiends) and will definitely keep this place in mind.

                        1. re: cvhound

                          Keep in mind that they close early(2pm weekdays and noon Saturdays I think) and it is strongly recommended (no, essential) that you reserve days (or weeks) in advance.

                          1. re: little big al

                            Al, thanks so much for sharing these additional tips! This info will come in very handy for when we have to buy our crabs for Christmas dinner. Thanks again!!!

                            1. re: cvhound

                              Today all the crabs at Fisherman's Wharf including Alioto-Lazio were $10.99 lb. Where did you see live crabs there? There were only dead ones on ice from what I could see.

                              1. re: rworange

                                Dear rworange; Since Alioto-Lazio was closed yesterday and you didn't see the numerous and unmissable tanks (usually) full of crab, I suspect you may have made the understandable error of confusing Alioto's #9 Resaurant with Alioto-Lazio fish company (a completely separate entity/corporation) which is located at 440 Jefferson St.(next door to Coast Industrial Supply, one of the last useful stores on the wharf). My apologies for my failure to link, which I seem to recall you are quite good at. Try again later. Maybe today.

                                440 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA

                    2. re: little big al

                      What was the "best crab dish ever" you made?

                      1. re: sydthekyd

                        Lightly saute body meat, claw meat and fat in butter, lemon juice, and Italian parsley, toss with thin spaghetti and top with toasted buttered bread crumbs. I take no credit for the "bestness" of this recipe; I blame the crab entirely.

                    3. Richmond Ranch 99 $7+/lb -- empty tanks this morning

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                      1. re: kc72

                        The lobster was only $7.99/lb.

                        1. re: wolfe

                          Richmond Ranch 99 lobster now $6.99.

                      2. El Cerrito Lucky had previously frozen crab for 6.99/lb. Really not-lively. I need to look at Tokyo market soon. Has anyone else been lately?

                        1. It's a little late, but Costco had cooked crab for $5.99 per lb. $6.99 per lb. at 99 ranch in Dublin. I wouldn't be surprised if the crabs and lobster go up a $1 per lb. on TG day.

                          1. $5.99/lb at Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown today. 2-lb'ers. Pleasantly surprised. Quite lively and they had two full tanks. Not too busy either.

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                            1. re: ML8000

                              I got two from the tanks, however they did not taste good at all. They were big, but the meat was not sweet and one claw was missing. I should have asked the person to show me the crab first.

                              1. re: theSauce

                                Sorry to hear that. I got three and they were all very good, sweet, subtle, about 2 lbs each. They were very tasty. I could have gorged myself on them...and if the prices drop, I might have to.

                                Any way, when I went by on Tuesday (and didn't buy) I asked which were from SF Bay and from WA. The guy pointed to the smaller and lighter (in color) for SF and the larger, darker ones for WA. I got the small ones today.

                            2. Went to Lucky Seafood in Oakland on E 12th St & 12th Ave...going for about $5.39/lb I believe. I picked up 5 of them, they were about 2-2.5lbs each for the most part, though one was at least a 3 pounder. I found them to be very good, sweet, lots of meat. I was surprised to not see long lines there considering the other prices listed above.

                              1. ...addendum: Lobster prices were pretty reasonable also at $6.99/lb.

                                1. Andronico's Weekly Specials, Dec. 1-7, 2008, include "fresh local Dungeness Crab @ $3.99/lb. with cracking and cleaning at no extra. That is $4 off their regular price. I just bought a small one in Palo Alto (1.6#) and it's perfect.


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                                    1. re: anyhow

                                      Thanks, that is a good price.

                                      FYI: Berkeley Bowl cooked, not cracked - $6.99.

                                      1. re: anyhow

                                        The word local is in quotes in the ad -- wonder what the catch is?

                                        Safeway is running the same promo Fri-Sun.

                                        1. re: kc72

                                          The Solano Safeway didn't have any today and the fish guy said they won't until next Tuesday. (And yet, they had an ad in yesterday's paper.) The Safeway on College doesn't even have a fish counter, so I doubt they have any either. Anyhow, I got one from Andronico's. Hope it's good!

                                          1. re: kc72

                                            I doubt there is a "catch". Andronico's has a sale on local crab every year, as soon after the season begins as they are able to get them in large quantities. Although I prefer buying crabs live, I have bought crab from them at this time every year for at least the last 4 years and there hasn't been bad crab in the bunch.

                                            1. re: jillyju

                                              I agree Jj. Presently eating today's 2 1/4 pounder, sweet, firm delicious.

                                              1. re: jillyju

                                                Inspired by this little thread, I just finished eating a crab purchased earlier this evening at Andronico's on Telegraph. It was eyerollingly delicious. I don't know if it was the fact that it my first of the season, but my gawd...

                                                1. re: jillyju

                                                  The crab from the University Andronico's was also great. Reminds me that I've had some really bland crab in the past. This was so good I ate it plain.

                                                  Wolfe -- if you can pick crab meat and type at the same time, you are more coordinated than I.

                                                  1. re: Glencora

                                                    Mise en place, shelled crab in bowl, thumb and forefinger left hand, index finger right hand.

                                                  2. re: jillyju

                                                    We got two from their San Anselmo store today -- excellent for supermarket crab! It was our first as well, and we were impressed.

                                              2. re: anyhow

                                                i bought two in palo alto yesterday and they were fantastic. also, well cracked. enough cracking to open almost exclusively with nimble fingers and a chopstick, but not so cracked that bits of shell got everywhere.

                                                1. re: anyhow

                                                  I had the day off from work today so inspired by this thread, I made the trek from Castro Valley to the Andronico's on Telegraph in Berkeley. I just got back with 5 cooked, cleaned, cracked crabs for $38.

                                                  The Seafood Manager said they were caught and cooked (by the fisherman?) yesterday. When I asked if he had any crabs that arrived and were cooked today, he said the crab are shipped to the stores the day after they're cooked. This sounded odd to me, but I didn't want to take any more of his time, as there were a line of people waiting to purchase crabs at the seafood counter.

                                                  We're eating them tomorrow as we have dinner reservations at Zuni tonight, but he said they'd be fine for a couple of days in the fridge. Hopefully ours will taste as good as everyone else's!

                                                2. Andronicos has local, cooked dungeness crab this week for $3.99/lb.

                                                  In past years it has been excellent.

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                                                  1. re: fishhead

                                                    I don't think i've ever bought cooked crab from a supermarket...do you eat it as is, or do you need to re-steam it or something?

                                                    1. re: nicedragonboy

                                                      If you want to eat it straight from the shell (with a little lemon and butter, perhaps), then you can re-steam it very briefly, probably less than 5 min or it will get too watery, you just want to heat it up a bit.

                                                      Or you can just pick the cold meat from the shells and use it an another preparation, such as crab cakes, on salad, etc.

                                                      Had a lovely two-pounder last weekend, ate the leg and claw meat (re-heated) for one meal and saved the meat in the body to be picked out for crab cakes the next day. It provided two nice meals for two people.

                                                      And, on topic, I did pay $9.99/lb at Lunardi's for the cooked crab. That is higher than the other posts, but I trust trust their quality. Also, they crack it for you at no extra charge, which was convenient for me at the time. I am hoping that as the season progresses the price will come down a little.

                                                      1. re: nicedragonboy

                                                        I like the absolutely simplest way -- I pick the meat out of claws, legs and body and squeeze fresh lemon onto the cracked cold crab.

                                                        I do enjoy this with cold beer, but that's a separate issue. Hope you enjoy any way you try.

                                                        1. re: nicedragonboy

                                                          I usually eat it cold, unadorned.

                                                          Sometimes, I'll dip it in champagne vinegar that has shredded ginger or minced shallot in it. The sweetness of the crab fat pairs well with the tang of the vinegar and ginger. It's kind of like the effect you get eating a xiao long bao with vinegar and ginger.

                                                      2. Local Dungeness were $2.79/lb. today at Liang's Food, 1145 Stockton St. in Chinatown. They were live and lively, and going fast at 2:30 in the afternoon. They have a little hanging sign that says "Local Crab" which they put out when they have them.

                                                        If the name doesn't sound familiar, the shop was New Sang Sang Market a year ago..


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                                                        1. re: Xiao Yang


                                                          Liang's Food
                                                          1145 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

                                                          1. re: Xiao Yang

                                                            I bought my first live crab of the season in SF chinatown today at Liang's after doing a quick spot check of prices along Stockton St. In the front of Liang's and a few other places, crabs were going for $2.79 and $2.99/lb, but those are small ones and often missing a leg or front claw. Inside and in the back of Liang's in the big tank, the crabs are $3.99/lb, but bigger. Mine was 2.45 lbs.

                                                          2. Crab prices are coming down like oil!

                                                            $4.99/lb at 99Ranch, Mountain View ,Tues 12/3

                                                            $2.99 at 99Ranch, Cupertino, Wed 12/3.

                                                            I spoke to the nice lady behind the counrter to get me a lively one with all appendages attached and big in size. She most kindly and graciously responded. accordingly

                                                            99 Ranches are independently owned. Mountain View prices have been noted to be higher than Cupertino or Milpitas.

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                                                            1. re: CYL

                                                              Opps! Correction, yesterday was Tues, 12/2.

                                                            2. $3.29/lb at Foster City 99 Ranch today. Some were jumpy while others were not. One "live" one in the tank had 4 of his left legs missing.

                                                              1. San Leandro Costco today $3.99 cooked. I got a 2#. Haven't tasted it yet. Seafood guy said they came in today.

                                                                1. $2.99 today at Lucky in Oakland Chinatown. I guess competition or supply really does drive down prices. I was going to wait until the weekend but it's too low to not buy...the bagette I bought was per/lb more expensive.

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                                                                  1. re: ML8000

                                                                    I spot-checked three places on Stockton St. plus the 23rd and Clement Market and they were all under $3. Liang Foods (linked above) had the lowest price at $2.79, but 23rd/Clement had the biggest crabs (at $2.99).

                                                                    With all the complaints about how disastrous the season was this year, I wonder about the sudden glut of crab at prices as low as they've been in the past three years or so. Has the economy thinned out the market that much, or did it the fishernen suddenly find fertile grounds (just before the North Coast season opened)?

                                                                    1. re: Xiao Yang

                                                                      I'm pretty curious about this too. what's the sudden change. and i'm particularly miffed since i just paid $5.39 a pound just last weekend. oh well...guess i'll have to have another crab boil this weekend.

                                                                      1. re: nicedragonboy

                                                                        I'm thinking they weren't selling much at $6.99 and are trying to get rid of them. How long can crabs live in the tank?

                                                                        1. re: DezzerSF

                                                                          The places in Chinatown selling them at $2.79 or $2.89 didn't have them at all until the last couple of days, that I could see. They wouldn't even attempt to sell them at $6.99

                                                                          There's a "gloom and doom" article published as late as yestereday about how terrible the season is, but it contained this interesting qualifier:

                                                                          "We're hoping that things are just a little late in developing," MacLean said. "Last year it seemed like things showed up a little later. We're hoping same thing happens here."


                                                                      2. re: Xiao Yang

                                                                        I can only guess but the season must be better then they thought...and/or they were holding things up for Thanksgiving, a high mark up time. Or perhaps it's partly the economy and lower fuel costs? It's all a guess. It will be interesting to see the prices over Xmas and New Years...which leads me to believe, best to eat them now while they're cheap and plentiful. Might be all over by the middle of Jan.

                                                                        1. re: ML8000

                                                                          The commercial season in NorCal opened Dec 1st...something like 95% of California's crab harvest is landed in Crescent City. The market was flooded. Boats start pulling pots at midnight on the 1st, first truckloads of crab start heading out by noon. Crab can live in a tank for weeks as long as the water stays clean and well aerated. But you are right, cheap crab won't last long. The biggest boats drop hundreds of pots, fish nonstop between storms, then quit after about 6 weeks when the catch starts to decrease. Costs too much to run those big boats and pay the crew. Smaller boats keep fishing until July or whenever the crab decide to start molting, but as supply drops the price jumps up.

                                                                      3. re: ML8000

                                                                        They were $2.99 at the Lucky in Napa today too. There was a guy standing on the corner waving a sign.

                                                                        Well, at the high end of prices they were $8.99 at Kanaloa Seafood Market in Oxbow Market. The crabs were a little over two pounds. However, they were the best, livliest crabs I have ever seen. It looked more like an aquarium in that tank. Stunning looking crabs, even the shells looked beautiful. If I had not just eaten I would have bought one. They willl cook them if you like.

                                                                      4. $2.99 Thur, 12/4 at Lion Super Food Center, San Jose at Saratoga Ave. They have two big tanks full of live crabs.

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                                                                        1. re: CYL

                                                                          $2.99 at Marina Foods, Cupertino today. Only a couple were lively.

                                                                        2. I just finished some crabs from Andronicos....excellent.

                                                                          Tasty,sweet and fresh!

                                                                          Cleaned and cracked to perfection at the nice price.

                                                                          Picked them up at the Telegraph store.

                                                                          Great display of nothing but perfect crabs.

                                                                          Don't go when its busy...it could take a while ,as they crack and clean them after your order.

                                                                          Nice reasonably priced store made garlic bread display next to the crab.very tasty and garlicky.

                                                                          Sale ends Sunday!

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                                                                          1. re: Mission

                                                                            Today's price at 99 Ranch in Richmond was $3.99 lb - 2 -1/4 lbs plus each. I noticed someone asking the fishmonger for some crabs that were "seconds" - one claw / or not too lively, etc ..... they brought out 7 or 8 crabs that were still alive but maybe not too frisky - he got them for his gumbo pot for $1.99 lb.

                                                                            1. re: gordon wing

                                                                              The tanks were running low this afternoon and the size depends on how much you persist in having the men search through the tanks for large ones. Sometimes they shrug and say that what they have in their hands is the largest they can find. Yesterday in a hurry couldn't get more than 1.6lb.

                                                                          2. Sat. 6 Dec. Oaktown, Orient Market, 7th St. Two, combined wt. of 5#, kickin'n'fightin' lively, 3.69/lb.

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                                                                            1. re: moto

                                                                              Just had a great crab louie for dinner! Bought the cracked crap at Newman's in Eugene, $24.95 per pound.

                                                                              1. re: duck833

                                                                                Showing some out-of-town relatives Fisherman's Wharf today, one restaurant had crab for $29.95 each cooked. Nice profit margin there. But most people were getting the $5.50 clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl.

                                                                            2. $2.49 @ 99 in Mountain View this afternoon.


                                                                              1. To compare, I'm in Seattle right now and their local dungeness was $5.99/lb at Uwajimaya, the local Japanese market. Their crabs looked bigger on the average than the ones I've seen in the Bay.

                                                                                  1. My belly is full and happy after a dinner of a nice big almost 2 pounder from Andronicos. Does anyone know if this price lasts beyond today?

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                                                                                    1. re: JasmineG

                                                                                      their ad says the prices are only good thru today

                                                                                      1. re: kc72

                                                                                        I know, but I was hoping for a new ad!

                                                                                        1. re: JasmineG

                                                                                          nope, no crab in the new ad they just posted on their site

                                                                                    2. Here in Contra Costa, you can't beat the County Square market on Contra Costa Blvd. $2.99/lb yesterday and they sold out by noon!

                                                                                      1. Mission and 23rd.

                                                                                        2.99 a pound

                                                                                        fresh out of the tank and rocking in the bag ta get out.

                                                                                        sweet, sweet, sweet.


                                                                                        1. Went by Lucky Seafood, still $2.99 but the crabs are smaller. Average 1.5 lb vs. 2.25-2.5 lb last week. Almost didn't buy but then I realized -- they're still $2-freakin'-99. The end might be near however...or not. I guess we'll find out.

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                                                                                          1. re: ML8000

                                                                                            Went to 99 Ranch in Dublin. $2.99 per lb. However, things might change soon as they were cleaning their tanks and all of the crabs were in single tank. Perhaps they're getting new shipment in today or tomorrow.

                                                                                            Also, saw that Lucky weekly ad (not the Chinese seafood market, but the super market chains) have them for $3.99 per lb. starting tomorrow, cleaning is free. I've never had supermarket precooked crab, so I don't know how good they are.

                                                                                            1. re: theSauce

                                                                                              The new Pacific mkt in SSF has live crabs for $2.99 a pound. The sign says they're from Crescent City.

                                                                                              1. re: theSauce

                                                                                                I ate a Lucky cooked crab that I bought on Friday (3-day-only price was 2.99/lb). There were only 5 left and I chose the biggest/fullest legged one, and still it was just over a pound. I didn't have high expectations, so I reheated it over simmering butter/garlic/white wine until hot. It was surprisingly good! Tender and moist like live crab would've been, meat was not stringy at all. It was just small :(. Other years past supermarket cooked crab have been kind of stringy/dry.

                                                                                                Lion Market in San Jose (Capitol Expy) still is $2.99/lb, lots of them, but not totally lively and only a few look big enough to be over 2 lbs. I don't have time on weekdays to deal with live crab but this Friday I'll try some from Lion.

                                                                                                1. re: Alice Patis

                                                                                                  I do think the smaller crabs are actually tastier and have firmer meat. If they could harvest the females, it would be a different matter; the ones fullest of roe would be the prize crabs, at least for me.

                                                                                                  1. re: Xiao Yang

                                                                                                    No fisherman who wanted to keep being a fisherman would take females, they're job security!!! It wouldn't be easy to get the eggs off anyway, and they'd be full of sand and the furry fringes she glues them to. The flavor of ocean floor and crab excrement would probably overpower whatever taste they have.

                                                                                            2. Lucky in NoPa (1750 Fulton @ Masonic) had Dungerness crab for $2.99 this weekend!

                                                                                              1. Price is not really the issue, quality is. If you can combine the two great. San Francisco Seafood Center on Cement between 9th and 10th Ave has always had consistent quality (very High) and reasonable prices.

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                                                                                                1. re: Dungeness

                                                                                                  Besides general looks, liveliness and health of the crab (missing limbs), how do you determine quality?

                                                                                                2. $2.99, live, at Koreana Plaza in Oakland. Also gorgeous Spanish Makrels for 1.99 a pound. Clear eyed ready to grill, or whatever!

                                                                                                  Koreana Plaza
                                                                                                  2328 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

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                                                                                                  1. re: mmerino

                                                                                                    Since the northern commercial crab season started Dec. 1, crabs are certainly more plentiful but not necessarily truly "local."

                                                                                                    Every year one reads about the necessity to reach a fair price in order for the crabbers to survive, so I--who of course enjoy a bargain as much as the next guy--still feel uneasy about prices for live local crab that fall too low. If they can't make enough to keep up their equipment and make a living, there will be no more local crabbing "industry" at all.

                                                                                                    The reason for buying live crab has always been, so far as I know, to catch the raw tomalley and use it in flavoring dishes/sauces. Alas, periodically there are warnings about dioxins, etc., which include the advice to toss the innards, at which point it perhaps makes less difference whether the crab is purchased live or precooked (though I would never dream of the latter myself).

                                                                                                    1. re: Fine

                                                                                                      Isn't the wholesale agreed upon at the beginning of the season? I think I read it was $2 /lb this year. If that's true, then the more crabs sold the more money the crabbers are making, regardless of the retail price

                                                                                                      1. re: Xiao Yang

                                                                                                        I read somewhere that the prices up north were down to $1.60 a pound as compared to the $2 locally.

                                                                                                        1. re: Xiao Yang

                                                                                                          With the price of everything going through the roof, its very discouraging to be told that wholesalers are buying crab from the fisherman for LESS this year than last. Opening day's price was $1.60/lb, then up to $2 just before Christmas...I think now its at $2.75/lb. That's almost an insult considering how hard one works to catch the little buggers.
                                                                                                          Buying a crab live means you get to decide how to prepare it, and the quality will be best since its never been frozen. I always clean them prior to cooking to remove any contaminants, I never cook whole crab. They prefer mud and sand bottom areas, and typically bring some of it with them into the livewell. Like all ocean creatures they make lots of waste, which they are all breathing when kept in close quarters. Besides stinky water, the gills can sometimes carry quite a load of sand and sediments, which gets added to your brine if they're cooked whole. You don't even want to KNOW what the processor's waste water from boiling mass quantities of crab looks like (and smells like), if you did you'd probably never be able to eat crab again. I can definitely say that there is a significant difference in taste between whole and pre-cleaned, whole is much fishier (especially the body meat, which is often wasted because its too strong, what a shame!) while the cleaned crab is more delicate and pure crab. Check out some brine recipes, I've experimented quite a bit and found that you can enhance your crab to 5 star gourmet by adding a few key ingredients.

                                                                                                          1. re: Krazy Krabs

                                                                                                            Interesting. I have always cooked crabs whole and have never seen anyone pass up the body meat. Still, your comments about precleaning are interesting. Do you kill the crabs before cleaning (and if so, how), or do you start cleaning them while they are alive?

                                                                                                            1. re: Krazy Krabs

                                                                                                              "Check out some brine recipes"

                                                                                                              That would be a search under crab boil?

                                                                                                      2. My wife just bought four extremely lively 2-pounders off one of the boats in Half Moon Bay. $5 per pound.

                                                                                                        1. Ranch 99 foster city $3.69lb. 2 lb or less. The sign says wild caught us but probably washington. the guy didn't know if they were local or not. Lively crabs though...

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                                                                                                          1. re: peppatty

                                                                                                            As long as they are lively and fresh, I don't really think it matters what part of the Pacific Coast they are caught off of. We like the think of Dungeness crab as "our" crab, but tend to forget that they are named for a town in Washington which can boast having the West Coast's first commercial fishery.

                                                                                                            1. re: Xiao Yang

                                                                                                              The crabs were quite lively, but at 2lbs and under, kinda on the small size. But a good size for one. It was my first crab of the season and it was delicious. I just can't bring myself to ever buy a precooked crab.

                                                                                                              1. re: Xiao Yang

                                                                                                                It matters if you want to support the local crab fishers who support each other by sticking to an agreed-upon price (there may be those who don't participate in the negotiations and undercut), and it matters if you like the idea of boats offloading crab locally and not shipping them down here from Oregon or Washington.

                                                                                                            2. $4.99/lb at Wholefood in Campbell. Cooked

                                                                                                              1. On Saturday morning, our 3-lb cooked crab was $4.99/lb at Sonoma Market in Sonoma - a
                                                                                                                sweet and local catch.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Cynsa

                                                                                                                  Are you sure it was local? Crabs as big as 3lbs are usually only found off the coast of Washington and north.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Xiao Yang

                                                                                                                    I was told this "biggie" came from Bodega Bay... so, yes - it's local. Most of them were two-pounders, but I spied the Big One and snagged it - I will almost never purchase crab that is precooked because I like them feisty and nearly jumping out of the tank right into my pot... this one was very good, not overcooked, meat was sweet and tasted of the sea.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Cynsa

                                                                                                                      A return on Friday to the Sonoma Market netted another 2-lb. cooked crab for $6.99 lb. not overcooked, firm sweet meat.
                                                                                                                      Evidently the harvest is cyclical and the catch is bringing home empty nets and higher prices.
                                                                                                                      Try calling Leonard's Bait Shop in the marina at Port Sonoma on HWY 37 for fresh and alive crab.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Cynsa

                                                                                                                        Have you bought live crab from Leonard's before?

                                                                                                                        Leonard's Bait & Tackle
                                                                                                                        260 Sears Point Rd, Petaluma, CA

                                                                                                                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                                                                          Heh, coincidence. I just read this after stopping at Leonards for the first time today.

                                                                                                                          Sole Man: Fresh, live, local crab at the Sonoma marina - or - buying fish off the boat at bait and tackle shops

                                                                                                                          I was about to update the place record after posting and then noticed you had. I was thinking ... wow, she's quick ... till I noticed the date was yesterday and I then read this post. Anyway, $7.50 lb today at Leonards ... and local. Anytime you see the sign, they have crabs. Recently I noticed the Berkeley Bait and Tackle had a sign for fresh crab. Haven't stopped there though.

                                                                                                                2. G&G in Santa Rosa received a large load Saturday evening from their boats out of Bodega. $3.79/lb.

                                                                                                                  New May Wa on Clement has a lage selection as of Sunday afternoon. $3.99/lb.

                                                                                                                  G & G Supermarket
                                                                                                                  1211 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

                                                                                                                  1. The two chinese markets near Mission and 23rd were boths selling live crab for $2.99/lb recently.

                                                                                                                    1. Bought three lively and tasty, if slightly small, crabs at Pacific Super on Alemany for $2.99/lb. I suspect that nearby Manila Market has the same price, but it's usually much more difficult to park.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: realspear

                                                                                                                        The price at Pacific Super in SSF is up to $3.99/lb. now.

                                                                                                                        1. re: baron45

                                                                                                                          And $4.99 now, Saturday morning. I have to look elsewhere, I promised crab for eight people tomorrow...but they were coming in fresh this morning and looked good.

                                                                                                                          1. re: realspear

                                                                                                                            $3.99 on Mission St...Plenty of them, can't vouch for quality.

                                                                                                                      2. $4.99/lb for cooked crabs t Nob Hill in Alameda yesterday -- I didn't look at their sale papers, but I would guess that price will hold for all Nob Hill/Raleys stores through next Tuesday (sales generally run from Wednesday to Tuesday).

                                                                                                                        1. $3.99 lb at Costco the other day. Good size.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: OldTimer

                                                                                                                            OldTimer: I saw crabs at Richmond Costco yesterday and didn't buy any because I wasn't sure of their freshness/goodness. Are Costco crabs usually reliable?

                                                                                                                            1. re: oakjoan

                                                                                                                              Yes. Because of the volume, they don't stay around too long. Also, Costco has a packed on and sell by date on them. I shop at Novato, but I think most Bay Area Costco crabs are supplied by the same wholesaler. Unlike Safeway, Costco crabs are cooked in slightly seasoned water, and taste pretty good. In fact, I'm having crab Louis tonight. Yum!

                                                                                                                          2. Monday 12/15 at Newark 99 Ranch was still $2.99 lb.
                                                                                                                            Thursday 12/18 at Cupertino Marina Foods was $3.79 lb.

                                                                                                                            1. This morning, it seems like prices are up to stay. Pacific Super and Manila Market are both at $4.99. Ranch 99 in Daly City is at $5.49. I ended up at 20th and Irving, don't know the name of the market, small seafood section in back. They have live ones at $3.99, but I had to make him put each one out. A few only had one claw, and some just moved too slowly. I don't think I will make the mistake of inviting a large group over for crab more than a day before I buy it.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: realspear

                                                                                                                                Prices tend to go up during bad weather (like now) when the boats can't go out safely. They probably won't come down again until the weather clears and we're past the holiday entertaining season.

                                                                                                                              2. $4.99/lb, for live and lively from the tank at Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown (8th St, between Webster and Franklin), $2.99/lb. for the barely live amputees sitting in a box.

                                                                                                                                1. $3.99/lb at Newark Lion Market. Very lively today, but looked to be smaller in size.

                                                                                                                                  1. in the tank: $4.99/lb on Clement Street in San Francisco; $1.19/lb for small crabs

                                                                                                                                    1. As of 12/20, New May Wah on Clement has live jumbos for $4.99/lb, $3.99/lb for the smaller ones.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Civil Bear

                                                                                                                                        $3.99 at San Pablo Market (Shun Fat), lively, one and three quarter pounds per crab.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kc72

                                                                                                                                            It is in San Pablo, off El Portal, across the street from Contra Costa College.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: EdwardAdams

                                                                                                                                              Ok, sort of assumed it was the market at the International Marketplace but wasn't sure since that area isn't mentioned very often.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kc72

                                                                                                                                                $4.99 a pound at the 99 Ranch in Foster City. Some looked huge.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Civil Bear

                                                                                                                                          As of 12/24, New May Wah & Wing Hing on Clement has live jumbos for $5.99/lb, $4.99/lb for the smaller ones.

                                                                                                                                        2. Not in the SFBay area, but here's a report from the coast: the Gayle boat at the Santa Cruz Harbor had live crabs on 12/23, $4.99/lb. I got his last 3. Staff of Life market in Santa Cruz had live or cooked, $5.75/lb. On Christmas eve, Stagnaro's on the Wharf had cooked-upon-sale crab, $5something/lb. In Scotts Valley, Sandabs restaurant was selling just-cooked local crab (some from the Gayle boat), $4/lb. From what the Sandabs owner said, it didn't sound like the CA harvest has been dwindling; he sold 3000 lbs. on Dec. 22, all local.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Alice Patis

                                                                                                                                            $5.49/lb at the Lin Hing on 5th & Clement.

                                                                                                                                          2. $5.99/lb at Newark 99 Ranch. Big and lively. Looks like price is up again just in time for New Years Eve dinner.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: DezzerSF

                                                                                                                                              $4.99/lb at Mt. View 99 Ranch today - big but so lethargic (none in any of the 3 tanks were moving at all) I didn't buy and I didn't see anyone else buy either... I was really bummed - really wanted fresh crab tonight and didn't want to run around anywhere else...

                                                                                                                                            2. Champagne, Sourdough and Dungeness for New Year's Eve. SOP.

                                                                                                                                              Ranch 99 in Mountain View had plenty of 2.5 pounders.
                                                                                                                                              Most of them seem to have an attitude problem :-)

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: nanomatrix

                                                                                                                                                4.99/pound at Country square in Vacaville. Two tanks; one really lively. Don't know where they are from.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Shrinkrap

                                                                                                                                                  Just came back from 99Ranch in Dublin. They were $6.99 a pound when I walked into 99 and by the time I was helped it was $7.99 a pound. Walked away with a fish instead. I don't need to contribute to 99 Ranch's greed, I'm sure they'll be $3.99 when weekend comes.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Shrinkrap

                                                                                                                                                    5.49/lb. @ Country Square in Pacheco/Concord (near Buchanan Airport) for 1 lively 2-lb crab with all its claws

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Stephanie Wong

                                                                                                                                                      $4.49/lb at Foster City 99 Ranch. Lots of 'em are missing rear legs.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: baron45

                                                                                                                                                        $3.69/lb at Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown. It was a madhouse and the crabs looked "lazy" and small so I didn't buy.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                                          I bought a 2-lb'er today at Lucky for $3.69. Very lively. Even after being in the frig most of the day, he poked the lid off the pot when he went in. Not as sweet as Dec. but still very good and at.$3.69 still pretty inexpensive.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                                            Just wondering, what color was the crab butter? I'm trying to figure out if lively = yellow, lazy = green

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: DezzerSF

                                                                                                                                                              It had ellow crab butter. Great idea trying to track it.

                                                                                                                                                              Also the crab didn't smell super "fishy" when I cooked it. I fully steamed it, with a shallow wire rack to keep the crab just in the water. The difference was the butter wasn't oozing from the joints and getting into the water, and very in tact.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ML8000

                                                                                                                                                                Yeah I do the same with the wire rack, so as not to lose the crab butter. I have noticed the fresher ones have yellow butter, but I prefer the green butter for some reason, deeper flavor I guess.

                                                                                                                                                2. $3.49/lb at Lions Food Center in Milpitas. Crab looked sufficiently lively in tank to buy and proves to be extraordinarily lively to the test at home.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Lower crab right side up in sink.
                                                                                                                                                  2. Wave hand over crab.
                                                                                                                                                  3. Immediate response - jumps up on feet to challenge with pinchers snapping away!

                                                                                                                                                  1. $3.99/lb at the new (6-months old) Maxim in San Jose yesterday. Didn't buy one, only five in the tank in the morning.

                                                                                                                                                    Maxim Market
                                                                                                                                                    1179 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA

                                                                                                                                                    1. I figured out how to figure out the price of Dungeness crab.......the price seems to track what the stock market is doing?

                                                                                                                                                      1. $5.50/lb today at Alito-Lazio, across the street from the Cannery at Fisherman's Wharf. Nice and lively. Go on a weekday when it's blissfully quiet, and you'll get street parking.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Santa Rosa: Wednesday Farmers Market at the Vets Bldg: crab, cooked $4.99 lb.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Cynsa

                                                                                                                                                            Foster City 99 Ranch:

                                                                                                                                                            $5.49/lb and $4.49/lb for ones with missing claws.

                                                                                                                                                          2. I was in Oakland Chinatown so I stopped by Lucky Seafood to look. Crabs were $5.99/lb so I grabbed a couple. The guys there said the season was coming to an end so I got big ones of big ones (2.75-3 lbs). I think there's probably 3-4 weeks left. They were were as good as the rest of the season. I think I'm crabbed out now.

                                                                                                                                                            1. I went to Ranch 99 and the were out totattly of crabs on Satuday morning. Price was $6.99. They were going to get in more in the afternoon but I wasn't going back. Switched from crab to ribs and tri-tip for a family bday dinner for 15.