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It's Lobster Time!

RhonelyInsanediego Oct 5, 2012 11:48 AM

Well it's local lobster season again. I usually get mine from Catalina Offshore Products, but their hours don't always fit my schedule.

Where do the Chow Hounds get their sweet spiny bugs?

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    MrKrispy Oct 15, 2012 04:33 PM

    Anyone ever buy lobsters from one of the local Asian markets? If so will they kill and prep them for you? I don't have the nerves to kill them humanely, but they are soooo tasty with some butter x|

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    1. re: MrKrispy
      cstr Oct 15, 2012 04:47 PM

      I you wish to be humane, you can put them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes, it'll slowly lull them to a deep rest. You can also start them out in the pot with cold water and by the time it's to a roaring boil they'll have long been gone.

      1. re: MrKrispy
        Rodzilla Oct 16, 2012 12:38 AM

        You don't want to do that, they will lose water and the meat will become dry.

        If you want a more "humane" way of killing them, pierce the head with a knife before boiling.


        1. re: Rodzilla
          RhonelyInsanediego Oct 16, 2012 07:20 AM

          Avoid the boiling all together and steam them for more moist and tasty lobby.

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            cstr Oct 16, 2012 07:22 AM

            Yes, that's how I cook them, keeps the meat quite moist.

          2. re: Rodzilla
            cstr Oct 16, 2012 07:25 AM

            Somehow, I can't invision MrKrispy doing that.

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              Fake Name Oct 16, 2012 02:00 PM

              Kind of a Honkman thing.

              <sorry ; )>

        2. Fake Name Oct 10, 2012 04:16 PM

          Catalina Offshore.

          1. RhonelyInsanediego Oct 5, 2012 12:26 PM

            I guess PLSF has them as well, but I was hoping to find live local lobbys for sale somewhere north of there.

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              master815k Oct 5, 2012 12:11 PM

              I just picked some up at Costco. I'll let you know how they are later!

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              1. re: master815k
                RhonelyInsanediego Oct 5, 2012 12:26 PM

                Thanks. Which Costco location? Were they live and local?

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                  master815k Oct 6, 2012 11:24 AM

                  Mission Valley costco. I only bought the tails.

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                  rogue99 Oct 10, 2012 02:58 PM

                  Right down the street! How much were the tails at Costco?

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                    master815k Oct 10, 2012 04:31 PM

                    I think they were $14.99 for the two. It's been a week and my old memory is failing. They were delicious too!

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                      rogue99 Oct 10, 2012 04:52 PM

                      Great! I think I will pick up a couple!

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                  Cathy Oct 5, 2012 11:56 AM


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                    escondido123 Oct 5, 2012 12:31 PM

                    Second vote for Major Market

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                      RhonelyInsanediego Oct 5, 2012 02:05 PM

                      Are these Maine lobbys or local?

                      1. re: RhonelyInsanediego
                        Cathy Oct 5, 2012 04:08 PM


                        Maine are always available. Spiny are available starting this weekend (unsure if today) according to the email I got yesterday.

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                          cstr Oct 6, 2012 08:12 AM

                          just not a fan of local bugs, the meat is mushy compared to Maine bugs.

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                            Cathy Oct 6, 2012 08:21 AM

                            I don't like the local ones either; they are different and served with tortillas or in burritos, needing many condiments like other less expensive meat.

                            Just was answering the OP.

                            1. re: Cathy
                              RhonelyInsanediego Oct 6, 2012 12:46 PM

                              Nothing like our fresh local spiny's. IMHO the meat is much sweeter and more buttery than Maine lobsters. I truly believe it is a far superior product. Only frozen or ill prepared is mushy.

                            2. re: cstr
                              El Chevere Oct 15, 2012 10:16 AM

                              I am with you on this and prefer New England or Novia Scotia lobster to the local variety--or, as I like to put it, the locals are 'deformed' since they do not have claws, unlike their cold water counterparts which do and I happen to enjoy the meat inside the claws as well as the lobster tail.

                              I walk past The Spot in La Jolla on occasion and notice they offer a Maine lobster special...has anybody eaten here and is it good?

                              1. re: El Chevere
                                RhonelyInsanediego Oct 15, 2012 11:01 AM

                                I know it's a preference thing and there is a long running thread and Chowhound debate on which is better, spiny(Panulirus) or Maine (Homarus). I would argue that fresh and local is always better, no matter where you are

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                                  RhonelyInsanediego Oct 15, 2012 01:41 PM

                                  Here's the thread:


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