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smfro Jul 13, 2011 01:29 PM

Where can I buy 1/2 bushel of hard shell crabs in North Jersey...Bergen county?

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    fourunder RE: smfro Jul 13, 2011 01:52 PM

    I suggest you go to an Asian Market.....either Korean or Chinese for the best prices. Hmart and the the Chinese Supermarket in River Edge have been carrying them.

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      Applecheeks RE: smfro Jul 13, 2011 04:00 PM

      There is a place on Miller Street in Newark (the Miller Street Market) I think it may be called the crab place or crab palace. They also had a store on Rt 21 in Newark, in one of those strip malls between clay st and where the highway begins. but they may have closed. You can buy crabs by the piece, half bushel or bushel - cooked or uncooked. Good quality. When my family lived in the Ironbound, we used to go there all the time for crabs for our cookouts.

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        RayP RE: smfro Jul 13, 2011 05:45 PM

        Sonny Fish Market on Washington Ave in Little Ferry sells bushels

        1. menton1 RE: smfro Jul 15, 2011 10:04 AM

          If you're envisioning crabs like the ones you get in Maryland, forget it. No such animal in NJ.

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            Sdenred RE: menton1 Jul 15, 2011 10:09 AM

            Of course they are in NJ. Just drop a line with a chicken neck at the end off any dock along the shore.

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              menton1 RE: Sdenred Jul 15, 2011 10:55 AM

              Oh, then there are a lot of dumb folks that drive all the way to MD to get them! Even the restaurants!


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                equal_Mark RE: menton1 Jul 15, 2011 11:21 AM

                Does seem rather foolish. Why call the company New Jersey Shellfish Co. but drive all the way to Maryland to get crabs?

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                  tommy RE: equal_Mark Jul 15, 2011 02:43 PM

                  Well the company is in jersey and presumably provides food to people in jersey. New Jersey Shellfish makes complete sense in that respect.

                  They are sourcing their products from the places they feel are best (Nola, Maine, MA, etc). And I suspect they are not driving to Maryland or anywhere else for that matter.

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                    MGZ RE: tommy Jul 16, 2011 03:09 AM

                    Or, they are sourcing what they think will sell best given the level of ignorance that appears to exist.

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                      tommy RE: MGZ Jul 16, 2011 05:11 AM

                      I'll give you blue crabs (and to an extent lobster), but I don't think a similar argument could be made for gulf shrimp and various oysters, for example.

                      This reminds me of how tuna is caught off of long island, sent to japan, where it is then sent back to the US. That japanese tuna is the best, I hear.

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                        MGZ RE: tommy Jul 16, 2011 06:49 AM

                        That's true about the shrimp and oysters, but there you are also, at times, dealing with different species as well as different waters. If you think about the taste of raw oysters, you realize how much the flavor of the liquor predominates. Given that the liquor is comprised of a significant amount of the sea water in which the oyster was living, factors like the salinity of and organic materials suspended in the water are very important.

                        The Chesapeake Bay is an interesting place to observe the foregoing as the taste of oysters from different parts of the Bay is discernible to even an average palate. For example, the further south one travels into Virginia the more the impact of the Atlantic's water can be noted. Size and mobility, along with the fact that they are typically cooked, reduce the significance of the native waters on the taste of crustaceans.

                        Lobster poses an additional problem as the term "Maine lobster" is simply an accepted colloquialism for the species homarus americanus and does not necessarily denote off of which state's waters the bug was caught. Much of what is sold and served in restaurants is caught in the waters from Nova Scotia to New Jersey. To put it another way, Maine lobsters does not mean lobsters from Maine.

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                          tommy RE: MGZ Jul 16, 2011 07:43 AM

                          We are most certainly in agreement.

                          The question then becomes, are discerning eaters aware that every Maine lobster that they eat does not come from the coast of Maine? I'm guessing most just don't care, but if you asked them, they'd say "I guess they are from Maine."

                          And then of course is the question of if the average or above average person could point out Nova Scotia on a map.

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                          equal_Mark RE: tommy Jul 16, 2011 10:28 AM

                          Not to mention the tuna sent from US waters to Japan and sold back to the US is frozen hard as a rock. Everybody _knows_ fresh is better...

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                MGZ RE: menton1 Jul 16, 2011 03:07 AM

                "No such animal in NJ."

                Utter nonsense. Atlantic blue crabs, callinectes sapidus, are in NJ waters. They are, exactly, the same animal. (Shall we go on to dispel similar misunderstandings about Maine lobsters, homarus americanus.)

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                  Njchicaa RE: menton1 Jul 16, 2011 04:58 AM

                  They are the exact same crabs.

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                  roro1831 RE: smfro Jul 16, 2011 07:19 AM

                  While we are talking about seafood where can one get head on shrimp in quantity as well? Just got my 100 quart pot and ready to boil some crabs or shrimp as crawfish season is over.

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                    chuck98 RE: roro1831 Jul 16, 2011 08:43 AM

                    Asian supermarkets

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                    fishnut RE: smfro Jul 16, 2011 10:49 AM

                    Blue crabs from Chesapeake Bay used to be plentiful and cheap. Unfortunately, overfishing, pollution and overdevelopment of bay area have decimated the species. There are crab shacks in Maryland that now have to import from southern U.S. because local crabs are too expensive.

                    Asian markets tend to sell female crabs which are preferred for their roe but are generally smaller in size. I wonder if new Fulton Fish market in Bronx will sell bushels to public.

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                      menton1 RE: fishnut Jul 16, 2011 10:54 AM

                      Does Bahr's in Highland's still have crabs? I was there quite some time ago and they were not very good. On the other hand, I've neve had a bad crab meal in Maryland...

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                        Barbarella RE: fishnut Jul 18, 2011 12:48 PM

                        Asian markets sell female crabs with the orange eggs attached? You cannot take a female with eggs !!! Doing that carries a heavy fine!!!

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                          fishnut RE: Barbarella Jul 18, 2011 04:08 PM

                          You are right if the eggs are exposed underneath apron of shell. These are not harvested. The female crabs at Asian markets have roe inside shell body. Thus, are perfectly legal to catch or sell.

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                            Barbarella RE: fishnut Jul 19, 2011 08:39 AM

                            Not exposed and cannot tell,,, that is good...was really concerned bout that. thanks for the clarification....

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                              madshtr RE: Barbarella Aug 6, 2011 04:52 PM

                              never harvest a female crab.....

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