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Where to Buy Lump Crab Meat for Crabcakes...

sarahkt99 Dec 30, 2008 06:13 AM

I am making my famous crabcakes, among other things, for our New Year's Eve Party this year. Unfortunatly, my supplier is no long in business. I would really really appreciate any suggestions on where to buy great lump crab meat, especially since our party is tomorrow! We live in Herndon, but will travel within the metro area for this. Thanks!

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    dcfoodie13 RE: sarahkt99 Dec 30, 2008 06:41 AM

    I buy mine from Wegmans in Fairfax.

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      kim2310 RE: dcfoodie13 Dec 30, 2008 10:15 AM

      The Wegman's in Baltimore does not have jumbo lump crab meat. We buy it at Eddie's, Graul's and Tako Seafood in Towson.

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        hon RE: kim2310 Dec 30, 2008 10:30 AM

        They live in Herndon so I don't think they'd be coming to Baltimore for crab meat anyway.

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          Joe H RE: hon Dec 30, 2008 08:23 PM

          Wegman's in Sterling had local lump crab meat several days ago. It was about $28 a pound.

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            bnemes3343 RE: Joe H Dec 31, 2008 04:29 AM

            I doubt it would be local. Isn't crab season in the Chesapeake over until April? Maybe from North Carolina?

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              Joe H RE: bnemes3343 Dec 31, 2008 06:43 AM

              The supplier is from the Hampden Roads area.

              1. re: bnemes3343
                MakingSense RE: bnemes3343 Dec 31, 2008 12:39 PM

                VA allows winter crabbing. You can get fresh Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab year round.
                MD is not the ONLY State that borders the Chesapeake Bay, ya know?
                VA's annual harvest equals that of MD.

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                  Hal Laurent RE: MakingSense Dec 31, 2008 04:02 PM

                  I just bought some jumbo lump (from Faidley's in Baltimore) that was labelled as packed in Hoopersville, MD. Hoopersville is pretty close to the Virginia line. I'm wondering if they brought the crabs in from Virginia, or if the package label lied.

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                    MakingSense RE: Hal Laurent Dec 31, 2008 08:51 PM

                    Magic words: "Packed in..."
                    Could be that the packing house needed the work in the winter (all the guys on the Bay do these days) and bought the crabs from VA watermen.
                    They steamed and picked them in Hoopersville?
                    They could even have gotten them from NC since Hoopersville is pretty far South. Might have been worth their while to buy a large quantity around the holidays.
                    I've gotten crabmeat recently at both Safeway and Harris-Teeter that had VA labels on it.
                    Cameron Seafood has live and steamed VA crabs in winter that I get for gumbo. Too scrawny for eating, not that enjoyable this time of year. But they do the job for a good pot of gumbo.

                  2. re: MakingSense
                    bnemes3343 RE: MakingSense Jan 5, 2009 08:18 AM

                    Actually I assumed it was a ban on the whole bay; didn't realize VA allowed it. I lived in Virginia for 30 years and, yes, it does border the Chesapeake, but I never thought of it as a place for crabs. In fact, we would travel from VA to Baltimore for crab cakes...

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                      MakingSense RE: bnemes3343 Jan 5, 2009 08:41 AM

                      Most people from the Metro DC and Baltimore areas don't realize how much of the Chesapeake Bay is part of VA. Most of the Lower Bay.
                      Look at this map from the Nature Conservancy:
                      The lower Eastern Shore has two counties that are part of VA.

                      VA allows winter dredging for crabs. Their rules are not the same as MD's. Different start and end dates for commercial crabbing and sizes of legal catch, also for recreational crabbing.
                      MD and VA harvests are roughly equal. NC exceeds the combined total of both.
                      NJ and Delaware also have commercial blue crab harvests in summer months.

                      Maryland markets crabs more heavily: Maryland is for crabs.
                      VA prefers to attract lovers.

        2. Pool Boy RE: sarahkt99 Dec 31, 2008 04:26 AM

          It's probably too far, but Laurel Meat Market often carries this and it is usually just $19.99 a pound (sometimes as low as $16.99).

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            sarahkt99 RE: sarahkt99 Jan 2, 2009 06:45 AM

            Thanks for all the suggestions. I eneded up buying it from Wegmans. I wasn't blown away by it, but it wasn't bad. I will check out all your suggestions too. Thanks for your help!

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