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May 3, 2009 11:30 AM

Lobster prices

$5.99 at Market Basket this morning. Didn't buy any and didn't ask if hard-shelled. Down from $6.99 last week (Bellingham location).

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  1. James Hook & Co in Boston has the LARGE lobsters at $6.99/lb when I went by there on Thursday.

    1. Hannaford Supermarket has 1lb-1.25lb lobsters for $5.49 a pound this week. I bought some lobsters yesterday at Hannaford. I boiled them today and had them with melted butter for lunch. They were hard shell lobsters from Canada. They weren't very large lobsters but they were full of meat.

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      1. re: buffet king

        5.99$lb for chixs at shaws this weekend... wife was feeling poorly so I didn't buy, but looked lively in the tank.

      2. This time of year most are had shelled.

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          Just got some fresh from one of my students Fri. A mix of soft and hard shell.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            Indeed. Got a 1.25 from Roche Bros(W.Rox) on Friday; excellent. Got a 1.5 (tho they called it a chick, and it was $5.99 lb) from Shaw's (Peabody) yesterday...

            I do kindah miss the salt water when they steam them, but there's less of a chance of overcooking. I think RB did a better job...

            1. re: galleygirl

              Had another 1.25 from Roche Bros., Acton location tonight. $6.99lb. Excellent steam job. They're all using those super-microwaves now, that take like 3 minutes to steam a chick. The difference is, I think Roche Bros. puts some water in the bottom of the steaming container. The guy at Shaw's said the directions said to, but they didn't. You can definitely tell the difference. Don't know if this is true for all Shaw's locations....

          2. MB in Woburn is still selling lobster at $5.99 as of today. They are hard-shelled, and running 1-1.25 pounds each. My lobster treat is steaming away as I type this... yummmm.

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            1. re: PinchOfSalt

              MB Reading has them at 5.99 today and they are hard shell. DH brought home 2 just short of 2 lbs each.. Whoo Hooo!

              1. re: Gio

                You lucky rascal. $14/lb here in FL for Maine bugs, and stone crab season ends in 2 days. I'm staring at a long, hot summer of pimento sandwiches.

                1. re: Veggo

                  Veggo - the lobsters were absolutely sweetly deliciously fantastic! Huge, with the largest tails....... Would that you could have been here! Early dinner. Couldn't wait.
                  You know.

                  1. re: Gio

                    And you know I know. But I would have traded mine away for a plate of your lasagna:)

                2. re: Gio

                  Thanks Gio,
                  This weekend is a trip to MB. What I love about how MB's pricing is, they don't do chix, selects, etc. Whatever is in the tank I believe, is the same price. In Woburn,
                  you just have to get their early!

                  1. re: mcel215

                    Honest question from a downeast hick; what's Market Basket & what is the clostest location north of Beantown off I 95?

                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                      I know they are in Portsmouth ans Seabrook NH.

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        Market Basket is a family owned chain of supermarkets located throughout NH and MA. Unfortunately, Passa, there are none in Maine at this time. The furthest north from Boston, and closest to you, I've been able to find them is Portsmouth. The chain has an amazingly diverse ethnic and complete "regular" inventory charging much lower prices than any of the local markets. Their annual sales, I have read, reach well over 2 Billion Dollars. They employ 16,000+ people.

                        Here are the Portsmouth addresses:
                        Market Basket
                        1500 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801
                        (603) 430-2160

                        Market Basket
                        1465 Woodbury Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801
                        (603) 436-0413

                        1. re: Gio

                          Out of curiosity, aside from Shaws and Stop n Shop, is there a lobster seller that you would recommend that does not charge for cooking the lobster? Hook is charging $10 - $15 to cook.

                          Oh how I miss Fresh Pond Seafood (reasonable prices and they'd cook for free).

                          1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                            Don't even mention Fresh Pond Seafood, sob, I miss them so... One of those "I would have gone there much more often if I had only known how much I would miss them" deals.

                            1. re: StriperGuy

                              And the worst part is that the ramshackle, rundown storefront is sitting there mocking me every time I drive by.

                            2. re: CambridgeFoodie

                              I really have no idea. We usually buy fresh lobsters and steam them at home. We buy both from the Reading Market Basket, as mentioned and Twins Seafood in Reading.....
                              589 Main St
                              Reading, MA 01867
                              (781) 942-5855

                              1. re: Gio

                                All the grocery stores steam them, it seems. For Girlwholovestoeat, they wrap them in aluminum foil, then plastic, and they're still hot enough to eat when you get them home. I actually prefer them luke warm, myself. Steaming is no big deal, it's just waiting for the huge pot of water to boil, first, and they smell while cooking.
                                Hint #1; put the shells in your freezer til trash day.
                                If someone else is gonnah do it for free in less than five minutes, I'm all over it.
                                Hint #2; if the store is having a special, visit the seafood department first and place your order, than do the rest of your shopping in case there's a line.

                                1. re: galleygirl

                                  Thanks for all the advice, I think I'll try one tomorrow!

                                1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                                  I only just found out that the Reading Market Basket does not charge to steam lobsters.

                              2. re: Passadumkeg

                                Somerville ave in Somerville...just off 93..couple miles

                        2. This is a little off topic... I have never bought and steamed my own lobster before. Is it typical to have it done at the store? Wouldn't this make the lobster cold by the time you got it home? Is it very hard to steam a lobster yourself at home? Sorry if these are beginner questions, but I am a beginner!

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                          1. re: thegirlwholovestoeat

                            They are better hot out of the pot. It is no big deal to cook at home. Boil large pot of water, submerge lobster. Cook for 10 minutes per pound. Here is a whole site dedicated to lobsters:


                            1. re: thegirlwholovestoeat

                              I think most places that sell them steam them. I usually have to wait a while at Market Basket when they're cheap because they are so busy steaming. As to does it get cold, not really. Depends on how close you are to the store though.

                              1. re: thegirlwholovestoeat

                                I add some white wine and a bay leaf to the boiling water, and don't cover the lobster completely.

                                1. re: thegirlwholovestoeat

                                  To steam - put only 1 inch of water and 1 - 2 Tbs of sea salt in the pot, cover and steam for about 14 minutes (for 1 1/4 pounders).

                                  1. re: thegirlwholovestoeat

                                    if the drive isnt more than a half hour youre good...steam them in beer and a little water...cheapest beer the best! I like Old MIlwaukee or Rolling Rock...sweet...It'll foam up quite a bit at first...add water almost 50/50 and boil beer/water first....add critters and let em steam ...15 mins approx for 1-1 1/2 lb
                                    also...mix melted butter with a splash of champagne and some fresh cracked black pepper
                                    orrrr....just boil em in tap water, crack and eat....any lobster is a treat!