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Where can I buy Old Bay seafood seasoning

slowcoooked Jan 10, 2013 01:34 PM

grew up on the stuff and haven't seen it at HEB, etc. Anyone know where I can buy Old Bay?

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  1. TAF RE: slowcoooked Jan 10, 2013 01:52 PM

    Quality Seafood?

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      dconnor RE: slowcoooked Jan 10, 2013 02:16 PM

      Randall's

      1. absurdnerdbird RE: slowcoooked Jan 10, 2013 02:22 PM

        I get it at HEBs in Houston, it's not in the spice section but next to the seafood counter, might be worth a look there or ask the seafood guy.

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          tvchick RE: absurdnerdbird Jan 10, 2013 02:42 PM

          It's near the seafood counter at the HEBs in Austin, too,

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            sqwertz RE: tvchick Jan 11, 2013 11:00 AM

            Yes, most of the HEB's stock it somewhere around the seafood counters. Along with the fish fry mixes and shrimp/crab boil seasonings.

            If you want to buy a LOT of it, Restaurant Depot sells a 1lb can for $6.40. Compared to $5 for 6 ounces at the grocery store. You may need a [free] membership to shop there, though. I've heard people say they have bought things there without a membership, but I have a membership so have not investiged that.

            -sw

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              slowcoooked RE: sqwertz Jan 12, 2013 11:25 AM

              Is that the place near tech ridge and lamar?

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                sqwertz RE: slowcoooked Jan 13, 2013 10:24 PM

                Lamar and Tech Ridge - Does Not Compute. NW corner of I-35 and St John (Blackson Rd, IIRC).

                -sw

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          topodrinko RE: slowcoooked Jan 11, 2013 01:19 PM

          Fiesta also sells it near the seafood counter.

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            tim irvine RE: topodrinko Jan 11, 2013 04:41 PM

            My spouse got some the Meat House.

          2. Carmelapple79 RE: slowcoooked Jan 12, 2013 10:31 AM

            Greetings from another Chesapeake Bay Transplant! You can find it on the little stand next to the Sushi counter at HEB Plus and often on a little stand next to the Seafood counter at regular HEB's. I also found out recently that Central Market sells the beloved Utz Old Bay Chips :)

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              slowcoooked RE: Carmelapple79 Jan 12, 2013 11:28 AM

              Carmelapple79, that's really fun news. And I don't know if others would agree but the blue crabs from the gulf are just not quite as good as the Chesapeake - even though they are the exact same species. Something about that bay makes them tastier than the gulf. Maybe the lack of oil?

              And another MD / PA find if you're into it, Enoteca Vespaio on Sunday Brunch make their own scrapple. Ask for them to crisp it up or it may be on the mushy side, but it's pretty fun even if not as good IMHO as Rapa.

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                Carmelapple79 RE: slowcoooked Jan 12, 2013 12:43 PM

                I have not had a blue crab here yet. Unwilling to pay the high prices when I can get them for free when I visit home.

                Thrilled to hear about the scrapple. The Sprouts store off of 183N and Great Hills Trails sell a Pennsylvania scrapple frozen. Nothing can replace Rapa. I found out Rapa will ship it from Dec-March for around $25 for 6, plus the cost of the shipping.

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                  Philly369 RE: Carmelapple79 Jan 12, 2013 01:12 PM

                  Sorry guys, but when it comes to scrapple Rapa isn't even in the ballpark with the real deal - " Habbersett's " - How about it Philly peeps ? Ther's no scrapple that can compete with Habbersett's ! I order it by the case and have it shipped....

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                    slowcoooked RE: Philly369 Jan 12, 2013 04:54 PM

                    I have heard this before and havent tried that brand. Rapa is awfully good so i am curious about the difference??

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                      Philly369 RE: slowcoooked Jan 17, 2013 01:28 PM

                      The difference to me, is in the seasoning blend and the texture.....

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                      sqwertz RE: Philly369 Jan 13, 2013 10:32 PM

                      I buy Jones brand whenever I see it. Which is exactly *never* in the last 4 years. So I make my own from pork neck and butt bones.

                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwertz/...

                      -sw

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                        slowcoooked RE: sqwertz Jan 14, 2013 05:45 AM

                        I can actually smell how good that is :-) Great Pic and perfectly cooked rectangles of scrapple.

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                          sqwertz RE: slowcoooked Jan 14, 2013 03:51 PM

                          Thanks :-) And you'll notice the lack of powdered sugar and maple syrup <shiver>

                          -sw

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                            slowcoooked RE: sqwertz Jan 15, 2013 06:37 AM

                            Oh I noticed, I don't syrup mine either !! However, my mother is an elf, so she has to.

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                              Carmelapple79 RE: slowcoooked Jan 17, 2013 07:24 AM

                              We slice ours thicker in my neck of the woods and I totally admit to eating it in between white bread with grape jelly, not always adding an egg. Some restaurants even serve it that way back home.

              2. Bacardi1 RE: slowcoooked Jan 17, 2013 01:52 PM

                Most regular supermarkets carry it these days - however, it's frequently NOT in the spice area where one would expect it. Several markets around here sell it where the seasoned breadcrumbs & fry-breading mixtures are, so you may want to check there.

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