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fresh lump crab meat in San Diego

honkman Sep 3, 2009 04:46 PM

Where can I buy fresh lump crab meat in San Diego (prefered in the La Jolla/Mira Mesa area) ? I have only seen it sometimes at Wholefoods. And I haven't cooked much with crab meat so is the price at WF ($17 for 1/2 lb) reasonable ?

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    sdaints RE: honkman Sep 3, 2009 09:52 PM

    Although I have not personally tried it from there, a chef at the Marine Room said that Costco is a good place for it. He was talking about it in connection with a lobster crab cake. I looked on chowhound for a good place for lobsters and found Mainly Lobster which sounded promising. However, I called and left a message for them and never heard back. Does anyone know more about this place or have other good places for lobster?

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      Cathy RE: honkman Sep 4, 2009 07:36 AM

      I just buy a whole crab from one of the Vietnamese markets and cook then clean it. It was ~$4/lb (when Dungeness crab season started it was $3/lb). A 2 lb crab yields about 1 lb meat.

      The canned crab claw meat at Trader Joe's (in the refrigerated section) is ~$10/lb, it is ~$17 at Costco so that is a comparable price without the work. I really can't tell a flavor difference between the pasturized refrigerated canned and fresh cleaned.

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        notjustastomach RE: Cathy Dec 11, 2011 01:39 PM

        I would say the CostCo lump crabmeat is significantly better than the stuff available at Trader Joe's.

        TJ's tastes slightly more briny in a bad way and the consistency is more stringy overall. The Costco is flakier and sweeter.

        TJ's has the advantage of being a little cheaper ($12 vs. $17 I think) and a lot more convenient (at least for me).

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          cstr RE: Cathy Dec 11, 2011 01:57 PM

          the crab at TJ's for $10. is claw meat. Costco's is meat from the body, better quality.

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            Island RE: cstr Dec 11, 2011 07:31 PM

            +1 for Costco's.

        2. scottca075 RE: honkman Dec 11, 2011 11:24 AM

          Any updates on this? I hate cleaning crab.

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            DiningDiva RE: scottca075 Dec 11, 2011 11:44 AM

            Blue water has lump crab meat, very pricey, close to $30/# last time I noticed it a few weeks ago. Also try Catalina Offshore, or Cheaspeak.

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            oerdin RE: honkman Dec 11, 2011 02:09 PM

            Ranch 99 in Clairemont sometimes has incredibly good deals on crab. The only problem is it is usually whole crab not lump meat. Personally, I don't mind cleaning them (it takes like 5 minutes) plus I'm left with the shell and other parts which I can use to make a great seafood broth. Usually, they practically give away stuff like fish heads as well so I'll toss in a fish head or two, the left over crab parts, an onion, carrots, celery, part of a cabbage, with salt & a few herbs then boil the heck out of it. Maybe add a bit of butter to make it savory. Strain out the solids and you're left with a broth perfect for seafood dishes or even boiling pasta to be used with sea food.

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              scottca075 RE: oerdin Dec 13, 2011 11:34 AM

              Yeah I was at 99 Ranch and then the Vietnamese store by Sab-e-lee, saw the fresh Dungeness swimming around which was what prompted the question. I still hate cleaning them :)

            2. Fake Name RE: honkman Dec 11, 2011 03:21 PM

              Call Tommy at Catalina Offshore. He has it sometimes- other times it's frozen. I've used it for crab cakes and they were pretty good.

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