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Costco Frozen Lobster Tails

SarahInMinneapolis Dec 20, 2013 06:36 PM

Has anyone tried them? They come 8-9 to a box for @ $90 a box. Cold water. 7-ish oz a piece, if memory serves.

Assume you thaw them correctly (overnight in fridge). Again, anyone tried them?

  1. khh1138 Dec 22, 2013 01:20 AM

    We got a box for Valentine's Day (our tradition is to stay home and have a nice messy lobster dinner rather than go out with the craziness). They were just okay on their own...then afterwards, about once a week, we'd use one to make lobster rolls. They were GREAT for making lobster rolls.

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      Tom34 Dec 21, 2013 03:56 PM

      I have not tried them but I have bought 5 lb cases of 4 oz cold water tails (Oyster Bay Brand) from Restaurant Depot. Sale price in 2012 was $14.99 lb, sale price 2013 was $15.99 lb. I was there the other day and they were about $17.50 a lb "not" on sale.

      I wrap them in butcher paper to cover the sharp edges of the shells and them vacuum seal them in pint bags. Year in the freezer is no problem and having them on hand is a great convenience.

      I normally have them with steak. I remove the thin bottom side shell (where the little feet are) and quickly cook them over screaming lump charcoal in the BGE while the steaks are resting. (I put them meat side down then flip them so the shell side is down for even cooking.

      The reason I went into the cooking method is because IMHO I get great flavor cooking them this way, maybe its the smoke still being created from the steak drippings I don't know. I actually prefer them to a fresh steamed lobster but I guarantee you I am in the minority on this one.

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        FriedClamFanatic Dec 21, 2013 03:05 PM

        $10/tail or $23/lb? Convenient, yes, but I think you could do better with live lobsters, even in Minn. Having said that, in Pa, frozen lobster tails at one place I go run 25-30/lb

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          SarahInMinneapolis Dec 21, 2013 03:28 PM

          $17.50 a pound for the frozen tails at Costco. Live lobster @ $17 a pound in Mpls. I'd rather eat the live lobsters because I happen to love some of the guts. But convenience, as you noted.

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            Tom34 Dec 21, 2013 04:04 PM

            Try Restaurant Depot if you know somebody who has a membership. Much cheaper.

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            treb Dec 21, 2013 03:48 AM

            Yes, they're Pacific lobster tails, Costco carries them quite often. Good value.

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              fourunder Dec 20, 2013 06:44 PM

              Frozen tails are a convenience at best if you are a true lobster lover. They're easy to prepare, but not much flavor. like a fresh lobster.

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                c oliver Dec 20, 2013 06:46 PM

                For those of us on the Left Coast, short of ordering expensive mail order, things like this are usually our only choice. Sadly.

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                  fourunder Dec 20, 2013 10:51 PM

                  That's one reason why i could never live in California...and Dungeness Crabs would never fill the void.

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                    c oliver Dec 21, 2013 07:59 AM

                    I don't consider crab and lobster to be similar at all.

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                      fourunder Dec 21, 2013 10:44 AM

                      I don't either, but I was trying to compare the difficulty in the past to get Dungeness Crab delivered to the East Cost without the astronomical transportation cost affixed to the selling price. ...and moving to the west cost, the Lobster would be in a similar situation and thus the DC would not fill the void.

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                        treb Dec 21, 2013 02:22 PM

                        When Costco has their seafood road shows, you can get dungies in the stores in the northeast. I saw then this week in NH.

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                          fourunder Dec 21, 2013 03:02 PM

                          They're pretty much always available in the the Asian markets I frequent....live in tanks....but no Jumbo's(2+)

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                            c oliver Dec 21, 2013 03:07 PM

                            Even on the West Coast, 2+#ers aren't so easy to come by any more. I read somewhere that the bigger ones get sold to restaurants who can charge a premium for them. But it is a real treat to them that size.

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                              fourunder Dec 21, 2013 03:14 PM

                              last time I had them here in NJ, a friend carried them on a plane....he purchased at Pike's Market. When i visit family for Chinese New Year's in San Francisco, they always have them on the table....

                    2. re: fourunder
                      Servorg Dec 22, 2013 01:07 PM

                      We do get fresh local lobster here. From Sept. 28 through March 14 spiny lobster season is on. http://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2013/09...

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