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What is the price for lobsters these days?

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  • galka Feb 23, 2009 01:23 PM
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is it back to around 10 bucks per pound? Are there still any deals around?

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  1. They were ~$8.95/lb at Shaws on Beacon Street on Saturday and very lively looking.

    1. tails only were $19.99 a lb at Costco last weekend, previously frozen. Each tail is close to 1 lb.

      1. Bought one at Star Market for $8.99/lb after we found out Louie's Alive and Kicking didn't have any on Saturday. Tasty.

        1. $6.99/lb at Market Basket.

          1. Don't buy lobster on price alone. Buy from someplace with a lot of inventory turnover - Capt. Marden's in Wellesley or James Hook in Boston. Prices lately have been in the $7.99 - $10.99 per lb. for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 lb. lobsters.

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            1. re: TheTrout

              I couldn't agree with you more!

              TheHarp

              1. re: Harp00n

                And what's the rational for that? If it's alive it's all that matters right?

                1. re: joebloe

                  Simply being alive is not the best rule of thumb for buying a lobster.
                  One thing that you'll notice at most lobster pounds is the constant changing & circulation of the water. Fresh, clean water keeps the lobsters healthier. The water quality, or lack of, in most grocery stores & many fish markets is distressing. Some of the problems you'll encounter are: shell diseases, fungal & bacterial infections.

                  1. re: TheTrout

                    agree! Plus the lobsters who live in the grocery store tanks with their claws banded are not fed much of anything/if anything.. So would you rather have a healthy lobster just plucked from the ocean that day or a starving one that has lived in an aquarium for weeks or months?

                    1. re: hargau

                      Yeah, you really don't want a lobster that has been in a tank for a month or two, eating little or nothing, and essentially slowly wasting away.

                      1. re: hargau

                        i had this same concern and when i asked the seafood manager at my local MB i was told that they turn the tank completely over every 2 days or less. but this was last summer when the price was dirt cheap.

                        1. re: ScubaSteve

                          I would not worry about the tank at a busy supermarket. It's the pokey out of the way fishmarket (I can think of a couple) or some random shaw's that is just kinda sloppy about everything where I would worry.

                          That said, I know a lobster place in Marshfield that had an albino lobster in their tank for a year or two. I imagine they fed it, but it probably wasn't very tasty after all that time in the tank.

                    2. re: joebloe

                      The Trout & hargau have already highlighted the difficulties of quality control in live storage. Here are the specifics from the Commercial Fisheries News. http://www.lobsters.org/ldoc/ldocpage...

                      Harp

                      BTW, similarly, but not the same, are the issues of "farmed" salmon versus wild Pacific but that's a whole nother thread.

                  2. re: TheTrout

                    While I agree with you that James Hook is a great place, buying lobsters "alive and kicking", at a grocery store is fine. I buy mine at MB, because of two reasons. The price and convenience.

                  3. Market Basket in Salem MA. was selling lobsters yesterday for $6.99 a pound.

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                    Market Basket
                    227 Highland Ave, Salem, MA

                    1. If youre ever up in Maine, the best thing to do is just go to a wharf and talk to one of the lobstermen. I grew up here on the coast and my father grew up in South Bristol so we know plenty and always get them for boat price....last time I bought some 3 months or so ago it was around $3 a pound :o)