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latest Dungeness report: painful

Sushi Monster Dec 30, 2008 04:30 PM

Hello and Happy New Year to all hounds. I found live Dungeness at R99 in Foster City today for $7/lb. Ouch. Obviously, they had a long trip from Washington or points north, but still ... the rolling average live price at R99 and Princeton Harbor off the boats for the previous three years is $4.75/lb. I can only hope that supply goes up and demand drops after New Year's.

This will probably be the only time this season I fork over two Jacksons for a crab dinner. What a terrible season this has turned out to be. I fully expect the salmon opener to be just as bleak this spring.

Sushi Monster

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    greggc RE: Sushi Monster Dec 30, 2008 05:22 PM

    So what is the going rate off the boats in Princeton this year? The last two years the price has been around $4 lb as I recall. The only thing I have read is that the crabs are really small this year.

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      cliffotografia RE: Sushi Monster Dec 30, 2008 06:55 PM

      I picked the wrong New Years to make crab cakes. Oh well. Let's hope the crabs return to the bay area and the environmental state of our seas improves soon.

      1. Shrinkrap RE: Sushi Monster Dec 31, 2008 11:39 AM

        So I just got four live ones at $4.99/pound. $47.00 for four....I like to think they were "big"....that's what all the regulars were yelling,,,,,,from a chinese market in Vacaville ( Country Square....Da Bomb!), So....now what do I do....right now they are on ice. Is that best for the short term? Won't cook until tonight or early AM. I'll ask for more help then. Making hoppin john with crab so just going to boil, but if there is something more profund to do with live crab, I'm open to it....

        1. yimster RE: Sushi Monster Dec 31, 2008 12:57 PM

          I think if you wait a week or so hopefully the price will drop some. Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year prices will go up.

          I hope they will drop.

          Glad we got our fix earlier this year.

          Happy New Year to you all.

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            ML8000 RE: yimster Dec 31, 2008 01:16 PM

            Hopefully you're right. I know after Thanksgiving the price dropped right afterwards. Also I was at Lucky in Oakland Chinatown yesterday someone came in a cleaned them out...bought half a tank.

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              yimster RE: ML8000 Dec 31, 2008 01:55 PM

              I am basing this on past trends. Not a promise. Just hoping. Have a few new recipes using crab. Hopefully I will get to try them.

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                yimster RE: ML8000 Jan 10, 2009 08:10 PM

                Saw live crab for 3.99 at 99Ranch on Thursday. So the prices are dropping a little. But in two weeks is Chinese New Year and prices will jump again.

                Then I hope they will go low again.

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                  baron45 RE: yimster Jan 10, 2009 09:17 PM

                  They were $4.99 at Manila Oriental on Mission St this week.

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                    xanadude RE: baron45 Jan 10, 2009 09:47 PM

                    $3.99 on mission @ 23rd.

                  2. re: yimster
                    ML8000 RE: yimster Jan 11, 2009 01:51 PM

                    $3.99 /lb was the price at Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown this morning. The tank was mostly empty with 2-3 live ones. The rest were sleepy or on their last leg.

                    Still $3.99 isn't bad. I'll find out next week if they're any good. I'm going to cook a few for my Dad's b-day.

              2. little big al RE: Sushi Monster Jan 11, 2009 09:26 AM

                All this talk about price and no mention of quality. The early season, local crab was fabulous, but last night I had some from my favorite supplier, who should remain anonymous,( since I don't blame them at all) for $6 lb. and I would have sworn from the texture of one of them that it had been frozen if I hadn't cooked it myself. I don't think that travel is very" broadening "for crabs or lobsters.

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                  baron45 RE: little big al Jan 11, 2009 05:16 PM

                  No crab in the tanks at 99 Ranch in Foster City.

                2. DezzerSF RE: Sushi Monster Jan 11, 2009 05:50 PM

                  $4.99/lb at Newark R99, not very lively.

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                    adrienne156 RE: DezzerSF Jan 12, 2009 02:45 PM

                    $3.99/lb at Newark Lion's Market.

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                    kc72 RE: Sushi Monster Jan 12, 2009 02:15 PM

                    $3.99 at 99 Richmond 99 Ranch today -- 4 tanks full.

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