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Canned Cooked Lobster Meat

Oldguyfromerin Jun 21, 2012 03:53 PM

For years I bought small cans (120gr) of cooked lobster from the Magdalen Islands in Quebec but the supplier is gone. Does anyone know where I can buy canned lobster (not frozen) in the Toronto Area or have a line on a supplier where I could perhaps buy a couple of dozen cans to put away?

  1. Davwud Jun 22, 2012 04:28 AM

    The only canned lobster I know of is at Costco. I think it is frozen though. I've used it and it was good. Obviously not as good as fresh.


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    1. re: Davwud
      MargieEv Jun 22, 2012 06:30 AM

      Bill's Lobster at Gerrard and Broadview has it. I've used it a few times for seafood casserole and it was fine. His is also frozen.

      1. re: Davwud
        jayt90 Jun 22, 2012 07:32 AM

        There might be a safety issue here, requiring canned lobster to be frozen. Years ago I was sent a can from the east coast, and it arrived at room temperature; it made me sick after a thermidor preparation. Of course the can said, 'keep frozen'.

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        iamafoodie Jun 23, 2012 08:19 AM

        I haven't seen those packs since I lived in Montreal decades ago. I remember they were pasteurized and had a clear plastic cap.

        All the local Loblaws and Superstores sell the frozen lobster in 14 oz. cans but it's just knuckles and claws these days. The tails are sold IQF also at Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys, etc.

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        1. re: iamafoodie
          Herne Jun 23, 2012 08:32 AM

          What's IQF

          1. re: Herne
            Davwud Jun 23, 2012 09:18 AM

            Individually Quick Frozen.


            1. re: Davwud
              Herne Jun 23, 2012 09:54 AM

              OK I prefer recently cooked. And if not I like lobster paste--usually hard to find.

              1. re: Herne
                Davwud Jun 23, 2012 10:22 AM

                IQF and quick frozen aren't exclusive. You can cook and then IQF. A lot of shrimp come that way. Just thaw and serve.

                Ya it's not better but for things like shrimp that deteriorate quickly IQF is the way to go.


        2. TorontoTips Jun 23, 2012 10:38 AM

          Yeah, lobster is relatively cheap and widely available, so I just pop into Longo's or one of the asian supermarkets and have whatever size lobster I desire steamed on the spot for me.

          Tip - if your meal prep involves additional cooking of the lobster, like a lobster stew / bisque or a sauté in butter for lobster rolls or lobster pasta, ask them to "lightly steam" it (like 7-10 minutes instead of 15-20, depending on size) and it will be better after your final prep. :-)

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            AMarshall Jun 23, 2012 08:11 PM

            I have only seen the frozen, which I get a Seafood Depot.

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              youdonut Jun 24, 2012 01:31 AM

              what you are looking for is "hot pack lobster", you may have to really ask around for it since it is not to common here or you could try ordering a case or 2 from the Acadian Fishermans Co-Op in PEI.


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                Oldguyfromerin Jun 27, 2012 06:16 PM

                BINGO!! Many thanks

                1. re: Oldguyfromerin
                  youdonut Jun 27, 2012 10:21 PM

                  you are very welcome.. let us know how it goes if you get a chance.

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                    Oldguyfromerin Jun 28, 2012 05:48 AM

                    thanks again to all the posters...I contacted Youdonut's lead. They responded but do not have any hot pack at the moment. Told me to try again in August. I do recall it is a seasonal thing. In the meantime, will keep searching (and make a stop at Bill's).

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