latest Dungeness report: painful
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.