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Dec 14, 2012 01:36 PM

Frozen Stone Crab Claws RI/MA?

Does anyone know where I can buy frozen Florida stone crab claws in RI or MA, preferably near Providence-Woonsocket-Worcester?
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  1. Joe's in Miami will ship them. They are goofy expensive this year in Florida, I don't know why. And I don't care for frozen.

    1. I've ordered them fresh, not frozen from Capt. Don's in FLA. They range this year from $16-$33 per pound. Personally, if you're going to do it, I prefer the jumbos (3 claws per pound which will run you about $28#. plus shipping.

      Edit: Just checked Joe's prices on-line and they are borderline ridiculous, more than 2-3x the price of others.

      1. I've seen them at Dave's, but I'm not sure they are a regular item.

        1. Joess are well worth the price. I have tried both frozen and fresh as a test. and its easy to tell so if its for a holiday even if the price is high Joes are Never frozen plus they are in season now. forget any frozen seafood item.IMO

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          1. re: Frank Terranova

            Agree that fresh are far superior to frozen, but why pay a super premium because of "Joe's" name? There are several (Don's as I listed among them) reputable fish mongers who ship fresh. Go with those. Buying from Joe's is akin to buying a lobster shipped from Legal. Unnecessary markup.

            1. re: CapeCodGuy

              Or why not just buy whole live rock crabs from the fish market in cranston? $1.99/#

              1. re: Nl2012

                Because then you'd have fresh rock crab claws and not stone crab claws. That's like asking a BMW owner why he didn't buy a Hyundai. Or why buy tenderloin when you could buy chuck. Lobsters instead of crayfish. You get the idea...

                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                  The Stones are expensive no taking away from it. I had them last March at Joes in Miami they were excellent but once or twice you have something that expensive I usually back off. There is no inexpensive way out of it even at local stores in FL they are expensive. They are just fun food eating 15-20 of them is great makes you half full but you have to sell one of the kids.

          2. go to toll free phone# 1-800-500-9929 I believe he's selling them for $10.95 a pound,but you have to order 5 pounds,
            I've been ordering from him for year's.

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            1. re: mutti

              I assume at that price they are pretty small claws. I think the jumbos are worth the extra $$$ IMO.