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Jun 6, 2009 05:00 PM

Lobster $5 lb. for 1 1/2 - 2 lb. $5.50 for 4 lb.

I don't understand how this place does it week after week. They are all hard shell packed tight with sweet meat. They steam for free so it keeps your kitchen cool.

John's Farms
601 Old Country Road in Plainview, NY ~ (516) 933-1447

Cash or checks, no credit cards.

pics of a 6 plus pounder from Memorial Day Weekend.
Had to take a hammer to the claws out on the concrete driveway.

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  1. Had to take a hammer to the claws out on the concrete driveway.

    I've solved this problem for enjoying jumbo lobsters at home. I purchased a Dremmel Rotary Saw with Attachments for less than $30 and use the disc to score through the shell after steaming. It literally takes seconds to do.

    As for how or why jumbos are cheaper.....the wholesale markets in Northern NJ usually have them most of the year at around $5. per pound. I believe most of the Ironbound restaurants in Newark sell the Jumbo's @ $8.00 per pound......comes with salad, chips, rice and vegetable. There's no reason to cook it at home for me.

    11 Replies
    1. re: fourunder

      A friend who used to own a fish market just told me that if you hit the claw with the back of a knife right below the thumb, the shell will split perfectly around. He said he does it on 6 pounder, 10 pounders, etc. Haven't tried it yet but I trust him, you just have to find the sweet spot.

      Another friend of mine who lives farther upIsland just mentioned Johns to me too, and was shocked that I had never been there. Guess my next visit over that way I'll have to check it out, she was raving about everything, not just the lobster.

      1. re: coll


        Thanks for the tip.....I'm gonna give it a try out of curiosity, but I can tell you two reasons why I will stick with the dremmel tool:

        1. No chance of damaging my knives
        2. No chance of damaging the flesh of the meat

        * For the record, I regularly use the back of a knife for smaller lobsters, but I have never been successful employing this technique with any jumbo lobster. your friends method to split the claw across the claw, or in line with the claw, i.e., down in line to the knuckle? Thanks in advance.

        1. re: fourunder

          My husband worships his dremel tool, and if I ever tell him your idea he'll be running to try it out!

          The claw splits around like an equator, not along the seams. Haven't tried it yet but of course next lobster I get I will. I'll also keep the dremel tool on hand, although I'm sure he'll make me buy my own special attachment! Anyway this guy told me about this method specifically regarding very large lobsters, and I've cut myself enough times on the spines to want to try it out! He said the beauty of it is that the meat just falls out into your hand in one piece.

          1. re: fourunder

            i bought two of these big lobsters last week, the first one i struggled and struggled and struggled through using regular lobster cracker, then i had an idea for the second one and it worked like a charm. Used the back of the cleaver with a paper towel in between. Did the 2nd one in like 10th of the time as the first one. The cleaver can take a beating. and because the back of it is so wide it doesn't go right through the shell and damage meat. Paper towel stops splattering.

        2. re: fourunder

          Hi Fourunder,

          Which model is your Dremel saw with attachments?

          1. re: nice_girl

            It is a Multpro model. I use it with a cutting wheel or a diamond wheel disc. I purchased mine at Costco a few years back. It may have cost a little more than what I referred to above, but It was definitely under $40 .....even if it was $39.99:-)


            I'm no expert on tools, but I know there are cheaper ones available and there is a Dremel golf model you can purchase for 16 bucks and change. You just have to find a disc that first in the shank to work properly to cut the shell. Another possibility is:


            1. re: fourunder

              Hi Fourunder,

              Thanks for the links.

              Do you have a link that shows a saw attachment?

              1. re: nice_girl

                nice girl,

                Here you go. You can use any type of cut-off wheel(fiberglass, carbide or diamond) in conjunction with the mandrel size appropriate for the model you have. This is the setup a contractor would use to cut through nails or screw heads, or put a new slot to the screw head if it has been stripped. It can cut through most metals, plastics and wood.


              2. re: fourunder

                That $9.99 Harbor Freight one is a piece of junk. Bought one and returned it the next day because I couldn't get the attachment out and neither could the salesman.

                1. re: monku


                  That's why I have the mission is to offer information and options. I do not try to spend other people's money.

                  All kidding aside, I offered the link only for descriptive purposes......I do not recommend any purchase from Harbor Freight

                  1. re: fourunder

                    That's why I have a Dremel too. I thought I'd just buy that cheapo thing for the tool box in my car.
                    Just a heads up to save people the waste of time.

                    People never heard of those lobster/nut cracker things, that's what I use.

          2. how do they offer that price? is it just because the hard shell? amazing.

            6 Replies
            1. re: conordog

              That's pretty much the going price right now, there's trouble in LobsterLand. The lobster boats are cutting back due to low prices for their catch, so let's see what happens next.

              1. re: coll

                From what I have read, lobster populations in Canada have gone up with the collapse of the cod stocks...the cod were major lobster predators.

                1. re: EricMM

                  If the price of diesel stays down, maybe there's hope then.

                  1. re: EricMM

                    Watching Deadliest Catch I thought cod was used for bait?

                    1. re: monku

                      Deadliest Catch is in the Pacific, where there is an entirely different species labelled "cod", which is better managed. In fact, the Pacific Northwest has better fishery management overall compared to North Atlantic fishery management. In our area, lobster is probably one of the best managed stocks.

                      1. re: monku

                        If you watch closely on deadliest catch when they load the bait nets the "cod" are dead. A lobster can scoot pretty good in reverse but I think they'd have a hard time tackling a live cod. :)

                2. Thanks for the tip, we went today. What a mob scene that store is! We shared a near 4 lb lobstah. Had to take one claw outside with a hammer. DH muscled through the other one with a cracker. I was about full after eating just the largest claw, it was just packed with dense meat, the way I like it.

                  I cook mine at home; I prefer a lot of sea salt in the water. Actually, I'd prefer sea water, the way they do it at the Trenton Bridge lobster pound.

                  1. I went there yesterday afternoon with my sister. It was crazy.

                    By the time we got there, the 2 to 4-pounders were gone--not surprised. We got ones slighty smaller. My sister cooked them at home--she was afraid that since we were going to Bayside, they would continue steaming in the bags for too long and get tough. The lobsters were great.

                    I picked up some cold salads and a few other things to try. They have macaroni salad and potato salad at 2 prices. Bought the cheap ones. Flavor no better or worse than typical deli-counter commercial stuff. Also tried tortellini salad (w/broccoli and sundried tomatoes), which did not have tons of flavor. Haven't yet tried eggplant rollatini or turkey meatballs stuffed w/ broccoli rabe or bow tie pasta salad with feta cheese.

                    FYI, even though it is cash or check only, they do have an ATM for which there is no fee on their end, only whatever fee your own bank charges.

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                    1. re: Shayna Madel

                      I went yesterday about 4 p.m. and got a 3 3/4 lb one. They had a fair amount similar to it at that time. It was CRAZY, there, worse than Fairway, which I'd never dreamed possible.

                      1. re: mcf

                        I guess their low prices are a big draw. I usually go early, before 9 am. They do have good produce too. When I know I want a lobster I bring a cooler. They will give you a bag of chipped ice to keep your fish purchase, just ask.

                        1. re: phantomdoc

                          Didn't think of the cooler idea. Good to know about the ice.

                          I tried one of the turkey meatballs. Very salty, not worth buying again. But the bowtie pasta salad was pretty good and that I would buy again.

                            1. re: Shayna Madel

                              They have even filled my cooler with chipped ice.