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joebloe Jul 13, 2012 07:06 AM

Lobster prices have fallen to below $1.50/lb in some places! Where are the great deal?
I'm not seeing any awesome deal like I saw a few years ago.

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    grant.cook Jul 13, 2012 10:56 AM

    hmm.. I'd suspect the Asian markets... just make sure they are alive and kicking.

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      AngerHeSmiles Jul 13, 2012 11:23 AM

      where have you seen $1.50 lobster?

      1. typhoonfish Jul 13, 2012 11:34 AM

        I don't know how people can justify $4.99 /lb new shells. There is almost no meat in them.

        There's also a middle grade that the lobster dealers call "firms". They're in between a soft and hard shell.

        I've found that most bottom of the barrel lobster places that change their lobster prices like gas prices use firms and sell them as hard shells. In a pinch had to buy some last night as "hard shells" and they were firms.

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        1. re: typhoonfish
          trufflehound Jul 13, 2012 05:04 PM

          I bought 8 lobs from MB last week and made 8 stuffed rolls with them.

        2. Kat Jul 13, 2012 11:51 AM

          I was wondering this as well. I read in the news that therevis a glut of soft shelled lobster in Maine and prices were falling to $2/pound or lower there, since the soft shells are fragile and can't be shipped. I was thinking of posting on the Northern N.E. Board for tips.

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          1. re: Kat
            Bob Dobalina Jul 17, 2012 05:38 AM

            A Boston.com article from today on this topic: http://www.boston.com/news/local/mass...

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            deglazer Jul 13, 2012 01:16 PM

            These crazy low prices have been in the news the last couple of days, but I'm pretty sure we're not talking retail price but rather what the lobstermen are getting per pound. It's a price that is low enough to make it unclear whether it's worth it to even go out.

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              galka Jul 13, 2012 01:17 PM

              my son was in Bath, Maine the other day and said he saw $2.99 per lb lobsters there

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                eatntell Jul 13, 2012 01:54 PM

                $1.50/lb would be cheaper than bologna:


                If this trend (hyperbole?) continues, we will be using lobsters for fertilizers, just like the Pilgrims did. You did say *dirt* cheap!


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                  pocketviking Jul 13, 2012 03:12 PM

                  Market Basket is a good bet for inexpensive live lobster. Not inclined to buy any dead seafood there, though!

                  1. Infomaniac Jul 14, 2012 12:56 PM

                    Market Basket has them at $3.99 lb. today.

                    My store had two 3 1/2 lb. ones in the tank which I had them steam there. All the others in the tank looked small and lively. It beats having to clean 5 or 6 of them. Looks like I have enough meat for 4 good size lobster rolls.

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                    1. re: Infomaniac
                      libertywharf Jul 14, 2012 04:16 PM

                      I haven't seen the retail prices come down in the Boston area.

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                        opinionatedchef Jul 16, 2012 10:27 PM

                        want to thank you for posting this; never would have known. They only had 1.5 lbers today but boy were we in luck>> sweetest lobster meat i've had in years. divine. the customer service woman said they didn't know how long they'd have them, but we'll try again later this wk.Boy am i glad you posted this, that i follow CH ,and that i read your post!

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                          joebloe Jul 16, 2012 10:36 PM

                          Wall Street Journal today say lobster price now at $1.25 per pound but we'll never see that price. What dod they do with all the excess lobsters if retailers keep up with the inflated prices that consumers won't buy if not drastically on sale?

                          1. re: joebloe
                            Jenny Ondioline Jul 17, 2012 12:20 AM

                            I may be misunderstanding you, and if so I apologize, but: You're saying you should pay the exact amount at the store that the lobsterman gets for his catch? And that the in-store prices we're seeing of $4-5 a pound are far too high, even though they're roughly half the price we usually pay?

                            1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                              drb Jul 17, 2012 06:29 AM

                              Other than Market Basket (of which there are none around me in Brookline), where are you seeing $4-5/lb lobs?

                              1. re: drb
                                Jenny Ondioline Jul 17, 2012 08:46 AM

                                The Packards Corner Star Market was having unadvertised specials of $4.99/lb chix as recently as a couple weeks ago. Don't know what their current price is.

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                        bear Jul 17, 2012 04:57 AM

                        Lobster meat was the same price at the Burlington Market Basket this past Saturday as it was on Father's Day. $29.99/lb for knuckles and claws and $39.99 for tail meat. Even so, they had sold out of the knuckle/claw meat.

                        1. typhoonfish Jul 17, 2012 06:10 AM

                          I have several friends that are lobstermen. When prices get this low, they literally would make more money working at McDonalds.

                          1. nsenada Jul 17, 2012 12:36 PM

                            I was in Maine last week and many lobstermen are just not taking their boats out. A food truck on the island I was staying at had lobster rolls for the same price as chicken salad - 8 bucks.

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                            1. re: nsenada
                              Spike Jul 17, 2012 02:20 PM

                              if there's too much supply, why in the world do they keep hauling the lobster traps in? Just let supply die down first. Fishing for lobster as your only job seems nuts...

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                                joebloe Jul 17, 2012 07:48 PM

                                I don't understand how you reduce lobster oversupply by not catching/destroying/eating as many of them as possible. Won't the over adundance of living lobsters continue to multiply so that there's even more of them next year?

                              2. re: nsenada
                                shaebones Jul 18, 2012 12:34 AM

                                All lobstermen from Bar Harbor to Booth Bay left their boats tied up for the entire week. Back to work this past Monday. Nice to hear the hum of their engines again. :)

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                                ParisLady Jul 17, 2012 04:41 PM

                                Just returned from Market Basket in North Andover and bought fresh lobsters at $3.99 per pound AND they were so sweet and succulent! Yet, my daughter in Merrimack NH went and they were $5.99. Here in Andover, Stop and Shop has the "on sale" for $7.99...???

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                                1. re: ParisLady
                                  Taralli Jul 18, 2012 04:39 AM

                                  Brigham Circle S&S $9.99 a pound!

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                                    okra Jul 18, 2012 08:48 AM

                                    Market Basket in Taunton, $3.99/lb

                                    Now, THIS is why I live in New England! Everyone do your part to increase lobster demand!

                                    1. re: okra
                                      okra Oct 28, 2012 03:51 PM

                                      Oct 27th, $3.99/lb @ the new Market Basket, 352 West Center St, W. Bridgewater, MA. Take 24 South to exit 16 East (106), a couple hundred yards on your right.

                                      I'm gonna feed it to my family until they hate it.

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                                  hargau Jul 17, 2012 09:12 PM

                                  I just came back from Maine (boothbay region) yesterday.. Saw some at $3.50/lb.. One sign was advertising them just as $3 EACH.... Restaurants with twin dinners for $15.99.. Rolls around $10

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                                  1. re: hargau
                                    opinionatedchef Jul 20, 2012 10:58 PM

                                    We got them again at MB Woburn ($4 lb) and had them tonight.Mmmm- just as sweet as the first ones last week! wow, what a treat!

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                                    madprof Jul 28, 2012 08:59 PM

                                    We need to keep this thread alive. Any updates? The reason the lobstermen have to accept such lousy prices is that the fall in prices, and how to reap the benefit, seems to be kept as secret. One can read the recent article in The Globe and see that Legal is happy to stick the extra money in their pocket, because they don't want to pass on any of the lower prices and apparently don't feel they need more demand.

                                    But, really, there must be some sighting in Chinatown, land of the best twin lobster specials, not to mention the Chinese groceries, and some independents places. It does not make sense that one would have to go up to Maine to get a good price. Even the lobster pounds/seafood shacks that have websites don't seem to want to share the info, yet I see that one of my favorites, Bayley's just north of Old Orchard Beach in Maine (I think it is Pine Point) has no problem listing its takeout price on its website. What is wrong with these businesses?

                                    We need more word of mouth. Thanks to the OP who mentioned Market Basket. The nearest one is not very close to me, but I will not start checking their weekly flier and find out if it is worth my while to make the trip to stock up. Heck. It's lobster season!

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                                    1. re: madprof
                                      madprof Jul 28, 2012 09:13 PM

                                      I checked the supplement for the Burlington Market Basket. $3.99/lb and several of you have said that, soft shell or no, they taste yummy. Latest sale starts Sunday, July 29, and I am as good as there. Will check out the great Korean grocery store while I am up there, too, and stock up on fresh kimchi. Double-header, sort of.

                                      1. re: madprof
                                        Madrid Jul 29, 2012 08:10 AM

                                        the Mount Vernon restaurant in East Somerville right at Sullivan Square very often has twin lobster specials for eat-in. The advertise the specials sometimes with banners outside the restaurant and sometimes they have special prices for email club customers....$14.99 this weekend for twin boiled lobsters.

                                        1. re: madprof
                                          phipsi102 Jul 29, 2012 08:53 AM

                                          I bought chicken lobsters for $4.99/lb at Ming's in the South End last week on tuesday. The same day I popped into Morse Fish Co. in the South End and they were selling them for $7.99/lb!

                                          1. re: madprof
                                            lc02139 Jul 29, 2012 10:31 AM

                                            Just remember the cheaper prices are usually for soft shell lobsters that don't keep/travel very well so some businesses might not be using those and the prices for harder shell lobsters that travel better are much higher since they are harder to find this time of year.
                                            I have gotten some soft shell lobsters that were almost all water, so sometime you get what you pay for.

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                                            bear Jul 29, 2012 10:39 AM

                                            Here's an interesting Radio Boston segment on the current lobster supply dilemna (or is it a dilemma?)


                                            1. Bacardi1 Jul 29, 2012 10:47 AM

                                              Here's a link to an article in today's New York Times re: the major glut of Maine lobsters going on at the moment:


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                                              1. re: Bacardi1
                                                okra Jul 29, 2012 07:16 PM

                                                At $3.99/lb, lobsters are about $5 serving. I've been to my local MB 4 times since this started, and will continue to do my part to increase demand. Sat AM, I bought 10. Shells are 'firm'.

                                                1. re: okra
                                                  madprof Jul 29, 2012 08:54 PM

                                                  Went to the Market Basket in Burlington today and got four. Very tasty. I wish they were a bit bigger, but very sweet and there was even some body cavity meat on them.

                                                  I hope we can get other sighting for cheap lobster in the Boston area, especially at grocery stores or lobster pounds. I am quite willing to cook them myself.

                                                  1. re: madprof
                                                    StriperGuy Jul 30, 2012 12:42 AM

                                                    The former Super88 in Allston actually had them for $3.88 a pound last week.

                                              2. ipsofatso Jul 30, 2012 06:14 AM

                                                Rockport Lobster Co in Gloucester behind St. Peter's Parking Lot and Lynch Lobster in Beverly, on Water St. by the bridge. about 10 days ago got 11 bugs for $47

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                                                  StriperGuy Jul 30, 2012 07:10 AM


                                                  1. re: StriperGuy
                                                    madprof Jul 30, 2012 04:47 PM

                                                    Nice snipes by both of you. Hopefully, we can keep these finds coming through the summer.

                                                  2. re: ipsofatso
                                                    johncb Jul 30, 2012 05:50 PM

                                                    I'll second this recco. Rockport Lobster has been my go-to lobster merchant for several years now -- prices just as low or lower than Market Basket, and they will pick 'em to my specification (size, gender, &c).

                                                    1. re: johncb
                                                      ipsofatso Jul 31, 2012 04:49 AM

                                                      The best deals there are on culls and bullets BTW - all tail weight.

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                                                        opinionatedchef Aug 1, 2012 11:55 AM

                                                        ipso, ya learn something new every day, so... this reference to culls and bullets is news to me. I'm guessing these forms(missing one claw or 2) are flukes , so they're available at an off-the-boat place like RL when and if the fishermen bring in any? and also, are culls and bullets likely just an option at a facility like Rockport Lobster and not a seafood market where they would not be acceptable to the owner? thx for the education.

                                                        1. re: opinionatedchef
                                                          Spike Aug 1, 2012 04:15 PM

                                                          you can get them at the docks too...if you go on those group charter fishing boats in Rhody, you'll see them from the fishermen nearby...

                                                          1. re: Spike
                                                            Jenny Ondioline Aug 1, 2012 09:19 PM

                                                            Lobsters can lose a claw in the tank at your local supermarket or restaurant as well, if one of its tankmates is feeling feisty. Our neighborhood market will often weigh and price our order and then throw in a cull gratis if they happen to have one around.

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                                                    mmerriman Aug 2, 2012 11:27 AM

                                                    1 aug - 3.99 at marketbasket

                                                    1. Science Chick Aug 2, 2012 11:36 AM

                                                      Can anyone offer suggestions for best priced lobsters in the Waltham/Newton areas? No Market Baskets on this side of town!!

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                                                      1. re: Science Chick
                                                        madprof Aug 2, 2012 09:50 PM

                                                        I see that Shaw's/Star has a sale now for chickens at 4.99/lb, or selects at 6.99. Not as good as Market Basket, but saves on gas.

                                                        Burlington would be your closest Market Basket. I made the drive from Needham last weekend, but did other shopping up there, too.

                                                        1. re: madprof
                                                          Locutus Aug 3, 2012 02:57 AM

                                                          i was in kittery yesterdy and saw the from 2.99 - 3.59lb

                                                          1. re: Locutus
                                                            madprof Aug 3, 2012 08:58 AM

                                                            Darn. Why didn't you bring me back some? ;-)

                                                          2. re: madprof
                                                            madprof Aug 9, 2012 10:37 AM

                                                            We gave the one's at Shaw's a try for $4.99 a pound this past weekend. They were tiny, at a smidgen over 1 pound each, and not nearly as good as the ones we had gotten from Market Basket the weekend before for $3.99 a pound, which were just shy of 1.25 pounds each.

                                                          3. re: Science Chick
                                                            madprof Aug 10, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                            Roche Brothers, which also owns Sudbury Farms, has chickens for $4.99/lb and selects, 1.5-2 pounds, for $5.99 during this current weekly cycle. I know there are Roche Brothers' stores in Wellesley and Needham, which might be more convenient to you.

                                                            1. re: madprof
                                                              Gordough Aug 10, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                              Any idea whether Roche Brothers will steam them for you in store?

                                                              1. re: Gordough
                                                                madprof Aug 10, 2012 12:33 PM

                                                                Yes, they will, according to the newspaper ad supplement.

                                                              2. re: madprof
                                                                madprof Aug 11, 2012 09:08 PM

                                                                Got our Roche Brothers today. They had chix for $4.99/lb and Selects for $5.99/lb. We gave the Selects a try. Although they are supposed to be between 1.5-2 pounds, the guy had to go through a box of them in order for find three of them that were 1.6+ pounds. It turns out costing about $10 apiece. The shells were softer than the ones we had gotten from Market Basket two weeks ago, so, consequently, it the claws were tiny compared to the shells. Given that we had paid about $5 apiece at MB, the MB chix were a much better deal. I would have much rather had two from the Market Basket than one of the Roche selects. So, after trying Market Basket, Shaw's and Roche/Sudbury, I am going to wait for the next Market Basket sale. It is worth the 15-20 mile drive. Cheaper and tastier from my experience.

                                                                1. re: madprof
                                                                  Gio Aug 12, 2012 03:44 AM

                                                                  Well they're still 3.99 at Market Basket Reading. Yesterday we got a little less than 3 1/2 lbs for 12.95. Real hard shells. Made a terrific Jasper White Lobster Cantonese for dinner.

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                                                                    CapeCodGuy Aug 12, 2012 06:11 PM

                                                                    Love to find that recipe and also his pan roasted lobster recipe as well. Can't find it online and don't really want to buy the book for two recipes. Any help?

                                                                    1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                                                      Gio Aug 13, 2012 03:49 AM

                                                                      It's not actually Jasper's recipe, though,. In his book "Lobster At Home" he includes a chapter of recipes from other well-known chefs. This Lobster Cantonese recipe belongs to Nina Simond.

                                                                      Here's the report of a CH who made it before me... (she used shrimp instead of lobsters but followed the recipe)

                                                                      Here's my report...

                                                                      Here's another Cantonese recipe that is just about the same..except this one uses a scrambled egg at the end...

                                                                      ETA: for the pan roasted recipe e-mail me if you want and I'll paraphrase the recipe for you.

                                                                      1. re: Gio
                                                                        CapeCodGuy Aug 13, 2012 09:45 AM

                                                                        Thanks Gio1, I found a YouTube video of Jasper showing his pan roasting method so I'm good. The Cantonese style looks yummy, too.

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                                                                          Gio Aug 13, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                                          OK, Great. If I hadn't posted so hastily I would have remembered that Qianning has made the pan roasted recipe and to say she loved puts it mildly. Here's her report. It may help you in some way...

                                                                    2. re: Gio
                                                                      Gio Aug 13, 2012 03:54 AM

                                                                      Here's something I didn't know until yesterday... MB charges a meal tax for in-house steamed lobsters. In our case to the 12.93 cost of lobsters $0.91 was added.

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                                                                ScotchandSirloin Aug 3, 2012 07:21 AM

                                                                My wife isn't so hot on me cooking lobsters at home. Anyone see the glut of lobsters affecting prices at any restaurants around the city? Cheap lobster rolls FTW!

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                                                                1. re: ScotchandSirloin
                                                                  madprof Aug 3, 2012 08:59 AM

                                                                  Do you know that most of the grocery stores will cook them for you? Maybe that will make a difference to your wife, so no death will occur on the premises.

                                                                2. Bacardi1 Aug 3, 2012 09:05 AM

                                                                  I phoned our local Wegmans supermarket yesterday, & their current prices are $8.99/lb. for anything up to 2 pounds; $9.99/lb. for 2 pounds & up. So no reductions here, as those are their normal prices for lobster - at least during the summer months.

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                                                                  1. re: Bacardi1
                                                                    9lives Aug 3, 2012 09:18 AM

                                                                    Yankee and Hook's have similar prices. Foodmaster in Chucktown has them for $5.99/lb ..on sale today. Fish monger didn't know if they were hard or soft.

                                                                    These great prices haven't gotten to the Downtown area; except Chinatown..and certainly not in restaurants.

                                                                    S&S..Hook's added a larger lobster roll at $17 and they'll toast the roll...but I haven't found any bargains around town.

                                                                    1. re: 9lives
                                                                      9lives Aug 13, 2012 08:24 AM

                                                                      Hook's had soft shells for $5.99 last week. I'm not a real fan of softshells. Hard are still up around $8-9/lb til you get into 6 lb +

                                                                      I've picked up some firm's at "Happy Family Seafood" in Ctown..down a few steps and a few doors away from Best Little Restaurant. The fish monger and I went through a lot of lobsters before we could find 3 firms. There is a language problem but with a common love of seafood; I've gotten on good terms with the staff. Unusual items like live uni from Maine or shrimp from theFl Keys instead of farm raised in Asia.

                                                                      They don't have the super low prices of MB, but i have no realistic way to get to an MB. Worth checking out...especially for items that might not be as availabe in the avg "Western market."

                                                                      1. re: 9lives
                                                                        itaunas Aug 13, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                        Kam Man also has carried native brown shrimp for fairly short money, but I wasn't impressed with the texture (not surprising as its very perishable). Restaurant Depot has a slightly better product, but I'd still take rock shrimp any day for most cooked dishes I use shrimp in (soups, pasta, pizza) and pay extra for nice Native shrimp from a fishmonger for other dishes (pickled, cocktail). Haven't ever tried Happy Family Seafood, but based on your other reports its on my list (scallops in shell, razor clams) as it sounds like it has a very interesting selection (my list of new ideas has gotten fairly long thanks to some suggestions from typhoonfish and yourself).

                                                                        BTW, there is a fairly direct way to get near the Chelsea MB via the 111 bus from Market Basket. Its a pretty slow ride in my experience, but nobody would like odd at you coming back with a cooler on it. :-) Although Market Basket is fun and sometimes has values, I think you have better overall fish sources at your finger tips, so I would save your time and spend it to visit Courthouse or New Deal another time.

                                                                    2. re: Bacardi1
                                                                      Bacardi1 Aug 10, 2012 07:44 AM

                                                                      Well, husband picked up a couple of the Wegmans' lobsters for dinner Wednesday night, & they were AWFUL!!!!!! Both soft-shells, & both almost completely devoid of meat. Shells were so soft that we were able to simply tear the shells open with our bare hands (no crackers necessary). Husband's lobster's big claw was completely empty except for a tiny nubbin at the base. Talk about a waste of time & $ for $8.99/lb.

                                                                      1. re: Bacardi1
                                                                        StriperGuy Aug 10, 2012 09:57 AM

                                                                        Two words: Market Basket.

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                                                                          Bacardi1 Aug 11, 2012 10:04 AM

                                                                          Unfortunately, no "Market Basket" stores in VA.

                                                                          1. re: Bacardi1
                                                                            StriperGuy Aug 11, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                            Whoops, sorry.

                                                                            1. re: Bacardi1
                                                                              madprof Aug 11, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                              Given that the lobster deals are barely even making it to Massachusetts from the catch in Maine, the likelihood is slim to none that you will get any deals in VA. As others have pointed out, the deals are mostly on the soft/firm shells, which do not travel well.

                                                                              1. re: madprof
                                                                                ac106 Aug 11, 2012 05:30 PM

                                                                                In York ME at a river side shack they were selling a bakers dozen of chix for $45.

                                                                                I suppose deals like that aren't available in MA but at $3.99/lb they are cheaper then salami so I would say they are a pretty good deal as is.

                                                                                1. re: ac106
                                                                                  Infomaniac Aug 11, 2012 06:19 PM

                                                                                  I think your post might benefit people on the Northern New England board.

                                                                                  I think I had my last lobster for the year tonight. The same thing as last year for me. I've ate so much $3.99 lobster in the past 6 weeks I'm now officially burnt out on lobster.

                                                                                  Hello bone-in sirloin for the grill tomorrow!

                                                                              2. re: Bacardi1
                                                                                Allstonian Aug 13, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                                                But then again, this discussion is taking place on the "Greater Boston Area" board, so it's entirely fair for folks to assume that posters are, in fact, reporting from the greater Boston area.

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                                                                          Klunco Aug 9, 2012 10:45 AM

                                                                          Hit Market Basket in Somerville last week. Still $3.99 a pound. Ours were about 1 1/4 each and were soft-shelled.

                                                                          Now the question becomes what to do with all this Lobster stock...

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                                                                          1. re: Klunco
                                                                            madprof Aug 9, 2012 11:01 AM

                                                                            Someone ought to tell some of the Maine co-ops to drive load up some trucks and drive them down here. They are getting lousy prices because most of their catch is apparently going up to Nova Scotia for processing. If they got it directly to the consumer, live, I think it would be the win-win for all but the middlemen.

                                                                            1. re: Klunco
                                                                              okra Aug 9, 2012 11:30 AM

                                                                              Freeze it. Or saute up some shallots in butter, add stock, cream and the meat from one o dem bugs. puree.... a pinch of tarragon and dash of sherry in a soup bowl with some decent bread and a nice white burgundy.....

                                                                              1. re: Klunco
                                                                                Madrid Aug 10, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                                                use lobster stock in gazpacho, paella or just use it instead of water in risotto. make a fish stew/soup. use it in corn chowder.

                                                                                1. re: Madrid
                                                                                  opinionatedchef Aug 10, 2012 02:21 PM

                                                                                  you be smahhht chef there, m!

                                                                              2. Gio Aug 9, 2012 11:41 AM

                                                                                We had lobsters last week from the Reading MB. At 3.99/lb we had about 2 1/2 lbs for less than 10.00, and these were not soft shells. If I had bought them from Turner's I would have paid 30.95 "per unit". Of course we'll buy them again this week...


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                                                                                1. re: Gio
                                                                                  madprof Aug 9, 2012 11:45 AM

                                                                                  Someone mentioned here that there is a category between soft and hard shell that is called "firm." I think mine from Market Basket the other week must have been firm, because they were too hard to be soft. All in all, a GREAT deal, unlike the stinky 1 pounders from Shaw's.

                                                                                  1. re: madprof
                                                                                    andieb Aug 9, 2012 11:51 AM

                                                                                    I agree, the ones from MB were definately firm. And the seafood clerk was wonderful, I had bought 8 bugs and he really mixed up the sizes for me which I appreciated. And the grand total for the 8 was......$40.00!!! A steal in my book!

                                                                                    1. re: madprof
                                                                                      Gio Aug 9, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                                                      Yes, we had asked for firm lobsters and the clerk was Very accommodating. Nice to shop at a store where everyone is pleasant....

                                                                                    2. re: Gio
                                                                                      StriperGuy Aug 9, 2012 12:22 PM

                                                                                      I bot 5 from MB Woburn 2 weeks ago and they were firm to hard.

                                                                                      Meat was excellent, not watery like a softie. Do it again in a heart beat.

                                                                                      1. re: StriperGuy
                                                                                        madprof Aug 9, 2012 07:02 PM

                                                                                        Well, it looks, hands down, that unless one is in Maine or the North Shore (someone mentioned Gloucester and Beverly for good deals), that Market Basket seems to be the only reliable sighting for the best deals on lobster. I certainly no my experience there was better than my Shaw's experience. Also, someone mentioned one of the (near BU) Super 88's, but my wife shops there often (she is Chinese) and even she considers the place "iffy." Just the smell when you walk in the front, at first, takes some getting used to.

                                                                                        So, I guess it is road trip, Market Basket or Bust.

                                                                                        What a shame that both the lobstermen and the consumers are not better able to enjoy the bounty.

                                                                                        1. re: madprof
                                                                                          StriperGuy Aug 10, 2012 04:15 AM

                                                                                          Regardless of whether Super88 is iffy, if a lobster is moving vigorously it's fine and they had them for $3.88 a pound two weeks ago.

                                                                                        2. re: StriperGuy
                                                                                          drbangha Aug 10, 2012 07:41 AM

                                                                                          Ditto. We took a bit of a gamble and drove them 7 hours in a cooler to family in upstate new york. The clerk was cautious about whether they would make it (he said they were "kinda weak"), which I appreciate, but they made it fine and people raved about the flavor.

                                                                                          1. re: drbangha
                                                                                            StriperGuy Aug 10, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                            Even if one croaks as long as you keep it COLD and cook it within a few hours no harm no foul.

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                                                                                              mcel215 Aug 12, 2012 04:52 PM

                                                                                              I did commercial lobstering for a number of years back in the 80's. Lost a lot of lobsters with bad refrigeration a few times.
                                                                                              But, a tip that may help in the future for you. Even if your lobster is dead as a doorknob, you can tell if it's safe to eat. When you go steam it and it's limp, make sure you tuck the tail under the body and let it sit on the bottom of the pan. After it's steamed, if the tail is tightly closed, it's fine to eat. If you pick it up and the tail is still limp and hanging down, then it's bad. You have about 8 hrs. after a lobster dies to cook it.


                                                                                              1. re: mcel215
                                                                                                StriperGuy Aug 13, 2012 05:08 AM

                                                                                                Thanks for that great tip.

                                                                                                1. re: StriperGuy
                                                                                                  okra Aug 13, 2012 07:06 AM

                                                                                                  Agree on this. One of my jobs, twice each day was to check the stock of lobsters in the walk in, and any "sleepers" went right into the pot. Meat is fine.

                                                                                                  You would think the other supermarkets would follow MB's lead on this. I gotta say, I love buying mine from a place that is moving this much product! No idea how long some of those bugs have been living in the tank at S&S, Shaws, etc....

                                                                                                  1. re: StriperGuy
                                                                                                    mcel215 Aug 19, 2012 07:50 AM

                                                                                                    You're welcome Striperguy. Now, when I buy lobster at MB, I keep them for days in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator. Not quite as good as it used to be, but it's much better than no lobster, lol!


                                                                                          2. trufflehound Aug 13, 2012 04:35 AM

                                                                                            Topped at MB got a 11/4#, some scalliuons and ginger and broke out the wok. YUM

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                                                                                              deweyweber54 Aug 17, 2012 04:34 PM

                                                                                              Greetings All!

                                                                                              Noticed that out favorite lobster source (Market Basket) has lobster knuckles & claws on sale next week at $24 a pound, and tail meat at $28 a pound.

                                                                                              Anyone ever tried getting 3 or 4 steamed summer bugs from MB at 3.99lb, and then figuring out how much meat one ends up with after dissecting tail, knuckles, and claw?

                                                                                              Looks like next weeks tail meat deal might be hard to beat (apologies), but wondering if we should go with a few steamed bugs, or be lazy and just get the pre done tail meat......



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                                                                                              1. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                zzDan Aug 17, 2012 05:13 PM

                                                                                                MB has had insane lobster specials for a long time. Probably a loss leader. I can testify that back in 1992 (DeMoulas) Market Basket had 1.25 lb lobsters advertised at $2.99. So I go in there (Somerville) and what do they have but small and larger lobsters in the tank. I ask for a few large lobsters (2.5 and 3 lbs) and he priced them $2.99. It was not his mistake. This was what they did. I have nothing but good things to say about MB. Fantastic wide veg and fruit selection catering to all kinds ethnic groups in their Somerville store at least. In NH probably not the same

                                                                                                I cannot comment on today's MB because I left the area

                                                                                                1. re: zzDan
                                                                                                  CapeCodGuy Aug 17, 2012 07:48 PM

                                                                                                  No loss leader. The wholesale for soft shells right now is under $2 per pound. They are lining up 30 deep at my local MB for $3.99 retail. I bought 2 yesterday and the shells were quite firm much to my surprise and delight. Hardest shells I've gotten there all summer and I buy them every week.

                                                                                                2. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                  opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2012 07:54 PM

                                                                                                  that equivalent info is readily available by
                                                                                                  1) some web searching,
                                                                                                  2) call J Hook and I'm sure they can tell you.
                                                                                                  just like butchers/meat purveyors can estimate turkey meat yields from a whole bird.
                                                                                                  I have it somewhere but it would take forever to find in my papers..........

                                                                                                  Personally, i don't care for claw meat so i always buy the whole bugs.

                                                                                                  1. re: opinionatedchef
                                                                                                    opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2012 08:47 PM

                                                                                                    this is the most informative sight i've found. However, ime, we yielded 6 tails (2 ou @?) and 1 lb ( 1 pint) claws and knuckles from 6 one pounders last wk......iirc.

                                                                                                  2. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                    Gio Aug 18, 2012 04:09 AM

                                                                                                    New Shell
                                                                                                    Yield range: 17-19%
                                                                                                    1 lb. live lobster yields 3.04 oz. meat
                                                                                                    Need 5.26 live weight to get 1 lb. of meat.

                                                                                                    Hard Shell
                                                                                                    Yield Range: 20-24%
                                                                                                    1 lb. live lobster yields 3.84 oz. meat
                                                                                                    Need 4.17 live weight to get 1 lb. of meat.


                                                                                                    1. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                      Infomaniac Aug 18, 2012 04:58 AM

                                                                                                      Buy the tail meat at $28 lb

                                                                                                      1. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                        StriperGuy Aug 18, 2012 05:23 AM

                                                                                                        Pre-shucked is almost never as sweet or as fresh. Also I don't prefer steamed lobster though the convenience can't be beat. I heard one of the guys ata fish shop say he did not like em either and it got me thinking. The texture is a bit rubbery. And heck I get a kick out of shucking em.

                                                                                                        1. re: StriperGuy
                                                                                                          9lives Aug 18, 2012 05:30 AM

                                                                                                          I'm with you. Prefer to steam myself and shuck.

                                                                                                          1. re: StriperGuy
                                                                                                            Gio Aug 18, 2012 06:00 AM

                                                                                                            Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought we 'shuck' oysters and clams, but 'pick' lobsters and crabs...

                                                                                                            1. re: Gio
                                                                                                              CapeCodGuy Aug 18, 2012 06:52 AM

                                                                                                              Yes, fresh "picked" is the way to go. I'm always surprised at the sheer numbers of people at my local MB who get them steamed, I know it's convenient and all, but It's not exactly hard to do at home. To me, store steamed bugs get rubbery as they continue to cook in the bag until you get them home. And they don't stay warm enough to eat hot anyway so what is the point? Fresh cooked and picked is so superior IMO.

                                                                                                              1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                                                                                                zzDan Aug 18, 2012 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                Lots of people have zero confidence in their cooking lobster properly and in many cases they are right so maybe MB should do the steaming for them. Mine is always cooked at home.

                                                                                                                1. re: zzDan
                                                                                                                  zzDan Aug 19, 2012 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                  Had twin 1.5lb lobsters last night at Florida prices. I have my fix for the season, if I lived near MB I would be eating it a lot more and a lot fresher. When I lived in NE I cooked mussels to go along with it and steamers once in a while. You need good bread with some olive oil rubbed in to put the lobster tomalley on

                                                                                                                2. re: CapeCodGuy
                                                                                                                  Infomaniac Aug 18, 2012 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                  I don't think anyone is going to argue that fresh cooked and picked meat is the way to go if you are going to be eating it all right away.

                                                                                                                  But $28.00 a lb. for tail meat is a feakin a deal and half dude! If you know of a better deal for tail meat speak up.

                                                                                                                  I just picked up a pound of each for tonight's fra diavolo, and Jaspar Whites Vietnamese lobster salad In cucumber cups. Always a big hit here, and I don't think anyone will know or care that the meat was precooked when I bought it too.

                                                                                                                  Such a deal!!!

                                                                                                                  1. re: Infomaniac
                                                                                                                    CapeCodGuy Aug 18, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                                                                    My local monger (Joe's Lobster in Sandwich) often has tail meat at $30 per pound so I'm not as wowed as you at that price. If. I'm going to cook with it I think it's even more important to steam your own. If I'm making a casserole or fra diavlo it gets too tough and and chewy if you use the regular precooked meat. I always undercook it by 3 or 4 minutes if it's going to get recooked in a recipe.

                                                                                                                    1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                                                                                                      Infomaniac Aug 19, 2012 03:34 AM

                                                                                                                      I guess you don't know of a better deal than $28 lb for tail meat.

                                                                                                                      Again, I'm not arguing fresh cooked is the way to go however; the precooked lobster tails in the fra diavolo were fine, not tough or chewy at all, and I saved myself a hell of a lot of time steaming and picking.

                                                                                                                      1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                                                                                                        StriperGuy Aug 19, 2012 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                        Precisely! Recooking steamed lobster, half the delicious delicate wonder is gone. Undercooked a bit and then made is exactly right.

                                                                                                                3. re: StriperGuy
                                                                                                                  itaunas Aug 19, 2012 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                  I prefer to cook them myself. However, having shipped lobsters to the west coast to cook 3 dozen in an evening, as well as many more on marginal stoves, you have to have restraint not to shove too many in the pan at once which can only result in pure rubber to eat. If you need a bunch in a hurry, its very reasonable to avail yourself of the in-store steaming services at many of our supermarkets. While it won't help you if they oversteam them, Market Basket does offer large bags(20) of ice for short money and Styrofoam coolers are probably cheaper to buy than it costs to dispose of them. So do your bugs a favor and while they are steaming prepare a cold place to give them a proper Finnish sauna.

                                                                                                                4. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                                  StriperGuy Aug 19, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                  Frozen lobster = ick. When MB has them for $6 or $7 a pound all year, why would you ever freeze?

                                                                                                                  1. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                                    opinionatedchef Aug 19, 2012 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                    i have never frozen lobster but i think that if you enveloped the lobster in a sauce or a soup/bisque/ or melted butter maybe- that it might do o.k. i.e. the meat/fish/protein is stews freeze very well w/o much loss of anyth except texture of the veggies.

                                                                                                                    1. re: opinionatedchef
                                                                                                                      StriperGuy Aug 19, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                      Huh, agreed, in sauce I think lobster might freeze acceptably... thanks.

                                                                                                                      1. re: opinionatedchef
                                                                                                                        Bacardi1 Aug 20, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                        Lobster enrobed in sauce or melted butter DOES freeze well. And more than just "o.k.". I do it all the time. I've frozen leftover lobster meat in stock, in pasta sauce, & in melted butter, & it defrosts & continues to work well in whatever dish I use it in. Texture & flavor aren't any different than if I'd just picked it fresh.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Bacardi1
                                                                                                                          opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2012 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                          I bet there are alot of CHs who super appreciate that info! Experience trumps conjecture any day!

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                                                                                                                      Parsnipity Aug 18, 2012 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                      Just bought 3 lobsters at Somerville MB (people actually were lined up close to 30 deep, although many were buying bologna for about the same $3.99 per lb. suckers...). Total weight: 4.5 lbs. Picked meat (bit of body meat, tails, claws & knuckles) yield 15.5 oz but I snagged a couple of bites along the way, so call it a lb. The shells seemed pretty soft, but based on the above yield equation, that's a good ratio. Paid just over $17 for my lb of lobster meat.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Parsnipity
                                                                                                                        madprof Aug 18, 2012 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                        Are you saying that MB in Somerville has had $3.99 lobster this week ending today? (I have seen from the ad flyer for MB's promotional week starts on Sunday.) I look at the flyer online, and did not see anything about whole lobster specials this week and can't get access online to next week until very late tonight or tomorrow.

                                                                                                                        1. re: madprof
                                                                                                                          Parsnipity Aug 18, 2012 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                          I don't know when it ends- if I recall there was a sign "while supplies last." The guy in front of me bought 14 lobsters. You can always just call the store. (617) 666-2420

                                                                                                                          1. re: Parsnipity
                                                                                                                            CapeCodGuy Aug 18, 2012 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                            My MB, the new one in Sagamore, has had $3.99/lb. lobsters for almost 2 months now. They never seem to run out and I've seen people ordering 12 at a time and the line is often 30 people deep.

                                                                                                                            1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                                                                                                              deweyweber54 Aug 18, 2012 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                              Thanks All!

                                                                                                                              Seeing as we currently being blessed with one of the most bountiful summer lobster seasons ever this year, figure we should take advantage of both the live bugs, as well as some tail meat.

                                                                                                                              Live bugs boiled at home are reputedly the sweetest, but as mentioned, the pre done tails are quite convenient. Off to MB in Burlington or Westford tomorrow for some of each.

                                                                                                                              Given the awesome price and abundance of this year's crop, wondering if anyone has had any success in (god forbid) freezing the meat?

                                                                                                                              Sacrilegious perhaps, but looking to somehow extend the season.



                                                                                                                              1. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                                                greenstate Aug 20, 2012 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                I got a pound of cooked, shucked lobster for $23 at Market Basket today and I was not disappointed at all. I have never bought lobster like this (I always cook and shuck them myself) but I would certainly do it again at this price. There were no tails left, just sweet juicy claws and knuckles, not at all dried out. Highly recommended.

                                                                                                                                1. re: greenstate
                                                                                                                                  StriperGuy Aug 21, 2012 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                  $23 a pound for shucked lobster is a wicked bargain. Even I'd "knuckle under" at that point and probably just buy it shucked.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: StriperGuy
                                                                                                                                    CapeCodGuy Aug 21, 2012 08:57 AM


                                                                                                                                    Just got back from my local MB and unfortunately, they weren't selling any meat. Still $3.99 for live though, and the shells are getting much firmer.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                                                                                                                      opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2012 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                      ccg, i think MB vary much from store to store. ex- the lobsters we got last night(Woburn, our 4th round this summer): fewer hard than before ; most around 1 lb. Sfd mngr said they are almost all small 1- 1.25 lb., and they hope to have them thru sept.

                                                                                                                      2. ipsofatso Aug 23, 2012 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                        Just got 9.6 pounds of HARDSHELLS (two lobsters) from Rockport Lobster Co for $33.00
                                                                                                                        Hardshells if you can find them are retailing about $9/lb.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsofatso
                                                                                                                          CapeCodGuy Aug 23, 2012 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                          Same price here locally for hardshells....$9-10/lb. Awesome deal. So that works out to be about $3.50/pound correct? Why so cheap?

                                                                                                                          1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                                                                                                            ipsofatso Aug 23, 2012 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                            Jumbo culls always cheap.

                                                                                                                        2. C. Hamster Oct 30, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                          Burke's in Quincy had a sidewalk ice table loaded with fully cooked lobsters for $5.99 on Saturday

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                                                                                                                          1. re: C. Hamster
                                                                                                                            Pegmeister Oct 30, 2012 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                            I'm glad you posted the Burkes info, because when I was there a few weeks ago they were waiting for a new lobster tank.

                                                                                                                            1. re: C. Hamster
                                                                                                                              hargau Oct 31, 2012 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                              i have a theory that any time a market is selling iced cooked lobsters it is because they had either died or were dying... I cant think of any other reason that they would just cook some and ice them.

                                                                                                                              1. re: hargau
                                                                                                                                Bacardi1 Nov 1, 2012 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                And there ARE supermarkets that have been found to do that (even though they are NOT supposed to). Dead lobsters are fished out & steamed in the morning. Don't know how prevalent it is now after a brouhaha about it several years ago, but it wouldn't surprise me.

                                                                                                                                I believe that one way you can tell if the lobster was cooked live or dead is by the tail. A lobster cooked when live will have a tightly curled-under tail that will spring back into place when pulled out & released. One that was cooked after death will have a loose flat tail that won't spring back into place after you pull it out from it's artificially curled under position.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Bacardi1
                                                                                                                                  okra Nov 1, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                  Bacardi1 -
                                                                                                                                  I've a few years experience. A new england lobster that has passed in the refrigerator during the past couple hours (a sleeper) will still cook up fine, with it's tail curled tightly, and will be OK to eat.

                                                                                                                                  If the tail is not curled after cooking, I wouldn't eat it. Jus sayin....

                                                                                                                            2. d
                                                                                                                              deweyweber54 Dec 7, 2012 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                              Greetings All -
                                                                                                                              Noticed that in the latest Market Basket Flyer has 'Fresh Cooked Maine' Lobster Meat, Knuckle & Claw, on sale for $24 / Lb.

                                                                                                                              Suppose we're back to the glory days of last summer? I think that's the same price from last July/August; but tail meat (sorry, my fave) seems a bit pricier than it was a few months ago.

                                                                                                                              Anyone know if we're into hardshell season yet?

                                                                                                                              Either way, might be time to stock up on some lobster meat, and perhaps freeze some for some for use this winter.



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                                                                                                                              1. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                                                okra Dec 8, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                My local MB had the live ones for $5.99/lb yesterday, 12/7.

                                                                                                                                1. re: okra
                                                                                                                                  mmerriman Dec 8, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                  seawitch = peabody ma - softies for 3.99/# 12/7

                                                                                                                                2. re: deweyweber54
                                                                                                                                  CapeCodGuy Dec 18, 2012 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                  My local MB (Bourne) has them at $5.99 also bit said that most are "harder" shells even though the sign says 'new shells".

                                                                                                                                  My local BJs has 6lb+ Monsters on sale for $3.99 per pound. I asked and was told, "very hard shells".

                                                                                                                                  1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                                                                                                                    Infomaniac Dec 18, 2012 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                    Most if not all lobsters sold this time of the year are old "hard" shell,and I wouldn't think you would see soft shells till about June.

                                                                                                                                    MB north of Boston has steadily been $5.99/lb. since October.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Infomaniac
                                                                                                                                      StriperGuy Dec 19, 2012 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                      Glad you said it, I was gonna about 12 posts back. Generally lobsters shed much less often (in fact their metabolism slows down quite a bit) in the winter.

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