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Feb 2, 2010 12:44 PM

Crab meat for Crab cakes.

I am new in the area and want to make crab cakes, but am having trouble finding fresh lump crab meat to make them. I live in Tierrasanta, so the closer the better. Thanks!

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        question for both of you - assuming you're talking about the refrigerated canned stuff, have you tried it since they switched over from Phillips to Chicken of the Sea?

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I've only done the Phillip's and its quite good for the was there for Xmas.
          When did they switch over to COS?

          1. re: Beach Chick

            you must have gotten the last of the Phillips stock before the switch! since December they've only had COS in Carlsbad & Mission Valley.

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I used the COS crabmeat from Costco two weeks ago to make crabcakes. I found the 'meat' to be large lump and fresh tasting. The lumps held their shape very well.

            1. re: kitchenhag

              great - thanks for the feedback! i was wary of it because i don't like their tuna, but now i may pick some up to see for myself.

            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Chicken of the Sea brand according to the label is a "product of Vietnam"

              1. re: monku

                thanks, monku. unfortunately i think most of the canned crab meat sold in supermarkets these days is sourced from Asia - typically Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia or the Philippines. boo.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Thanks for the advice, but I really want the unpasturized kind, not the philips in the can . I'll check out Catalina Seafood or Point Loma! Thanks!

                  1. re: master815k

                    aah, you want the *really* good stuff :) in that case, you should find what you need at either of those...or try El Pescador in La Jolla village.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      As much as I love El Pescador, their lump crabmeat comes from a can as well - and 3X the price of canned at Costco.

                      1. re: foodiechick

                        seriously? i've never gotten crab there, just finfish. oy. ok then, i withdraw my suggestion to go there for crab...but it's still a good source for fresh finfish, and a bit less of a chaotic scene than PLS can be.

        2. Not close to Tierrasanta but WF (LJ) has fresh crab meat

          1. Blue Water Grill also has fresh lump crab meat. I would imagine Point Loma Seafood has it as well.

            1. Contact Catalina Seafood. They sell to the Public between 10-2. They are a great source for sea food.

              1. Point Loma Seafood will crack and clean crabs for customers upon request. However, it's quite expensive and candidly the lump crab meat sold at Costco was better. Also Trader Joe's sells lump crab meat.