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

    1. where have you seen $1.50 lobster?

      1. 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

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

        2. 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

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

          2. 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.

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

              1. $1.50/lb would be cheaper than bologna:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857158

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

                http://www.thelobsterguy.com/aboutlob...

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

                  1. 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

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

                      1. re: Infomaniac

                        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!

                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                          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

                            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

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

                              1. re: drb

                                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.

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

                          1. 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

                              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...

                              1. re: Spike

                                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

                                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. :)

                              3. 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

                                  Brigham Circle S&S $9.99 a pound!

                                  1. re: Taralli

                                    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

                                      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.

                                2. 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

                                    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!

                                  2. 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

                                      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

                                        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

                                          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

                                            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.

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

                                            http://radioboston.wbur.org/2012/07/2...

                                            1. 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:

                                              http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/us/...

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                                              1. re: Bacardi1

                                                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

                                                  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

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

                                              2. 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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                                                1. re: ipsofatso

                                                  NICE.

                                                  1. re: StriperGuy

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

                                                  2. re: ipsofatso

                                                    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

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

                                                      1. re: ipsofatso

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            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.

                                                  3. 1 aug - 3.99 at marketbasket

                                                    1. 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

                                                        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

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

                                                          1. re: Locutus

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

                                                          2. re: madprof

                                                            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

                                                            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

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

                                                              1. re: Gordough

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

                                                              2. re: madprof

                                                                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

                                                                  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.

                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                    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

                                                                      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)
                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8566...

                                                                      Here's my report...
                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8566...

                                                                      Here's another Cantonese recipe that is just about the same..except this one uses a scrambled egg at the end...
                                                                      http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

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

                                                                      1. re: Gio

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

                                                                        1. re: CapeCodGuy

                                                                          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...
                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8566...

                                                                    2. re: Gio

                                                                      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.

                                                              3. 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

                                                                  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. 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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

                                                                      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

                                                                        Two words: Market Basket.

                                                                        1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                          Unfortunately, no "Market Basket" stores in VA.

                                                                          1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                            Whoops, sorry.

                                                                            1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                              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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                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.

                                                                        2. 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

                                                                            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

                                                                              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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  you be smahhht chef there, m!

                                                                              2. 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...

                                                                                http://www.turners-seafood.com/shoppi...

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                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    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

                                                                                      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

                                                                                      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

                                                                                        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

                                                                                          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

                                                                                          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

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

                                                                                            1. re: drbangha

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                                                                                              1. re: mcel215

                                                                                                Thanks for that great tip.

                                                                                                1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                    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!

                                                                                                    www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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

                                                                                            1. 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.
                                                                                              Sweet!

                                                                                              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......

                                                                                              Cheers!

                                                                                              DW

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                                                                                              1. re: deweyweber54

                                                                                                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

                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                  that equivalent info is readily available by
                                                                                                  1) some web searching,
                                                                                                  or
                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                    http://www.ciaprochef.com/mainelobste...

                                                                                                    1. re: deweyweber54

                                                                                                      Buy the tail meat at $28 lb

                                                                                                      1. re: deweyweber54

                                                                                                        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

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

                                                                                                          1. re: StriperGuy

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

                                                                                                            1. re: Gio

                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                      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

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

                                                                                                                3. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                  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

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

                                                                                                                  1. re: deweyweber54

                                                                                                                    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

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

                                                                                                                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                                                                                        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

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

                                                                                                                    2. 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

                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                              Best!

                                                                                                                              DW

                                                                                                                              1. re: deweyweber54

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                  $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

                                                                                                                                    Indeed.

                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                      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. 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

                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                            Jumbo culls always cheap.

                                                                                                                        2. 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

                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                  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. 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.

                                                                                                                              Cheers!

                                                                                                                              DW

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                                                                                                                              1. re: deweyweber54

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

                                                                                                                                1. re: okra

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

                                                                                                                                2. re: deweyweber54

                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                      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.