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  • Post #31 - May 16th, 2023, 1:28 pm
    Post #31 - May 16th, 2023, 1:28 pm Post #31 - May 16th, 2023, 1:28 pm
    Budrichard,

    Do you favor female or male lobsters?

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #32 - May 17th, 2023, 12:13 pm
    Post #32 - May 17th, 2023, 12:13 pm Post #32 - May 17th, 2023, 12:13 pm
    “ Crassus: My robe, Antoninus. My taste includes both snails and oysters.”

    Sorry, I could not resist the parallel to the famous scene in Spartacus!

    It is a little difficult to determine the sex when purchasing unless you have the lobster in hand, something most vendors these days don’t allow. I like roe so if I had a choice it would be a female but you can’t tell if the female has roe or not unless the roe is external to the body and these females are notched on the tail and always returned to the sea.
    In taste of the lobster meat, I have never discerned any difference.-Richard
  • Post #33 - May 29th, 2023, 10:45 am
    Post #33 - May 29th, 2023, 10:45 am Post #33 - May 29th, 2023, 10:45 am
    Canadian Lobster at H-Mart today,
    $8.99/#, alive and kicking!!!!
    Brought home a few at that price.
    Steamed Lobster tonight, with lemon butter and fries.
    Lobster Pho Wednesday from the internals and bodies.
    Shells are discarded and not used for stock.
    One or two tails will be poached for two minutes, shelled and saved for Sashimi.
    -Richard
  • Post #34 - May 30th, 2023, 5:39 pm
    Post #34 - May 30th, 2023, 5:39 pm Post #34 - May 30th, 2023, 5:39 pm
    budrichard wrote:Canadian Lobster at H-Mart today,
    $8.99/#, alive and kicking!!!!
    Brought home a few at that price.
    Steamed Lobster tonight, with lemon butter and fries.
    Lobster Pho Wednesday from the internals and bodies.
    Shells are discarded and not used for stock.
    One or two tails will be poached for two minutes, shelled and saved for Sashimi.
    -Richard

    I thought I had experienced hard shell lobsters before, but I was so wrong. These lobsters shell was their almost impenetrable fort. I never could crack the claws, I ended up picking lobster meat through the holes.

    Almost went for a hammer, but really did not want to accidentally ding the table.

    How do you deal with these truly hard shells?

    My family thanks you for inspiring a visit to H-Mart today.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #35 - May 31st, 2023, 1:32 am
    Post #35 - May 31st, 2023, 1:32 am Post #35 - May 31st, 2023, 1:32 am
    Yes, the current shipment at H-Mart are truly ‘Hard Shell’!!!!
    I have a mallet with a resin head that I use on a concrete step in my garage. I had to use that yesterday on the large claw of the largest lobster I purchased Sunday.
    Rarely can I not crack a large claw with a nutcracker.
    And you are welcome!
    -Richard
  • Post #36 - July 3rd, 2023, 9:09 am
    Post #36 - July 3rd, 2023, 9:09 am Post #36 - July 3rd, 2023, 9:09 am
    Hard shell Lobsters are in again, $9.99/# at H-Mart.
    They also had a few JUMBO Lobster at $12.99/#.
    I came home with a small ones for Lobster Rolls on the 4th and a 6&1/4# Jumbo Lobster for tonight!
    -RICHARD
  • Post #37 - July 3rd, 2023, 11:10 am
    Post #37 - July 3rd, 2023, 11:10 am Post #37 - July 3rd, 2023, 11:10 am
    budrichard wrote:Hard shell Lobsters are in again, $9.99/# at H-Mart.
    They also had a few JUMBO Lobster at $12.99/#.
    I came home with a small ones for Lobster Rolls on the 4th and a 6&1/4# Jumbo Lobster for tonight!
    -RICHARD

    How hard are the shells in this grouping?

    Thanks!

    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #38 - July 4th, 2023, 5:33 am
    Post #38 - July 4th, 2023, 5:33 am Post #38 - July 4th, 2023, 5:33 am
    Pretty hard, for the small lobsters a good nut cracker did them in.
    For the Jumbo, the Stone Crab Claw Cracker would not budge the shell.
    https://shellshucker.com/
    We had to resort to wrapping the claws in a cloth and then using a mallet on the concrete steps to crack. The shells were at least 1/8” thick. Three of us ate the two claws and that was enough.
    One of the best I have ever eaten!!!
    Maine Lobster Now charges $220 for a 6-8# Lobster, so this one was a bargain, comparatively speaking.
    The knuckles. body meat and tail of the Jumbo have been reserved in case we run out of lobster for the rolls.
    Each person gets a tail with a small claw on top.
    The tail meat was roughly chopped with some chopped celery top and Blue Plate Mayo.
    The buns will be toasted in butter and the Lobster filling topped with a few ‘Old Bay’ seasoned Gold Fish with a-bottle of ‘Old Bay’ HotSauce available.
    -Richard
    BTW From here on, this summer I would expect to see softer shells until Sept/Oct.
  • Post #39 - July 29th, 2023, 4:54 pm
    Post #39 - July 29th, 2023, 4:54 pm Post #39 - July 29th, 2023, 4:54 pm
    Hi,

    Joong Boo lobster is $9.99 this weekend. I bought the last four at the Glenview location. Thankfully I called in advance to put a hold on them. They seem to be chickens at about 1.25 pounds each.

    At H-Mart, they were $14.99 per pound presently.

    Just dying to know how hard, or soft, these will be.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #40 - June 8th, 2024, 8:55 pm
    Post #40 - June 8th, 2024, 8:55 pm Post #40 - June 8th, 2024, 8:55 pm
    H Mart in town today had 1.25lb lobsters at 7.99 per pound which is the cheapest I’ve seen in years. Hard shell, fairly meaty. Not the sweetest but great value.
  • Post #41 - June 11th, 2024, 11:18 am
    Post #41 - June 11th, 2024, 11:18 am Post #41 - June 11th, 2024, 11:18 am
    This is great information; my wife is an east coaster who always misses lobster. I tried Googling this but couldn't find any definitive information, so if anyone can help with these two questions I would appreciate it:

    1) When does the preview for next week's H-Mart ad come out?

    2) How late is the Niles H-Mart seafood counter open during the week (from experience, I know it opens later than the store itself, so wanted to check to make sure I didn't miss it if it closes earlier than the store)?

    If the deal runs through next week, I would get the lobster on Friday but if not, the value is too good to pass up and it can be a late Thursday dinner provided I can get there in time after work. Thanks for any information people can provide.
  • Post #42 - June 11th, 2024, 8:58 pm
    Post #42 - June 11th, 2024, 8:58 pm Post #42 - June 11th, 2024, 8:58 pm
    The sale prices are good through the 13th, per the weekly ad. No idea as to what happens on the 14th.
  • Post #43 - June 11th, 2024, 9:11 pm
    Post #43 - June 11th, 2024, 9:11 pm Post #43 - June 11th, 2024, 9:11 pm
    HI,

    This sale on lobster is now in its third week. It could possibly be longer, but my timer began when I noticed.

    Last Thursday afternoon, there were no lobsters and no guarantee they would be on sale for yet another week. Thursday evening, they had already posted the new ad beginning on Friday.

    I went back on Saturday afternoon to find the lobster tanks filled. While the $7.99 price was for up to 1.25 pound. I bought a three-pound and two 2.5 pound lobsters at $7.99 pp.

    If you intend to pick up on Thursday evening, I suggest trying to order them in advance on Thursday morning. I have done this with Joong Boo with success and bought the last lobsters.

    Good luck!

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #44 - June 12th, 2024, 2:16 am
    Post #44 - June 12th, 2024, 2:16 am Post #44 - June 12th, 2024, 2:16 am
    There is a five lobster limit.
    The first week I got 5 1.25# nice hard shell lobsters on a
    Saturday.
    The third week I got 5 2.5# on a Saturday for a total weight of 13.1#!
    Wife and I split one Sunday dinner and I did the two minute poach and cold water for the rest, shell and freeze for lobster rolls on the 4th of July.
    I save the bodies Plus roe, tomalley, minus the gills, internals and mandibles for a lobster stew. This time I did Pasta with Lobster sauce.
    There must be a glut of Canadian Lobster in the market place?
    -Richard
  • Post #45 - June 13th, 2024, 4:30 pm
    Post #45 - June 13th, 2024, 4:30 pm Post #45 - June 13th, 2024, 4:30 pm
    So I was fully prepared to make a late run out to the Niles H-Mart for the chance at a $7.99 a lb lobster, when I decided I would do one last check to see if the ad for the upcoming week had come out yet. Lo and behold, it had, and now the price of lobster at H-Mart is $6.99 (limit 10). I'm not sure what's going on with the lobster haul, but I will be going tomorrow to pick up an affordable treat for my wife.
  • Post #46 - June 15th, 2024, 10:18 pm
    Post #46 - June 15th, 2024, 10:18 pm Post #46 - June 15th, 2024, 10:18 pm
    $6.99/lb tonight at Park to Shop in Niles, formerly Assi Market. The sign indicated Father's Day sale so it will probably continue tomorrow.
  • Post #47 - June 17th, 2024, 9:00 am
    Post #47 - June 17th, 2024, 9:00 am Post #47 - June 17th, 2024, 9:00 am
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-sco ... -1.7216581

    For anyone that has purchased the $6.99/# lobster at H-Mart, were they small 1# or larger 1.5#?
    Canadians can harvest these small where as US States have a slot limit.
    -Richard
  • Post #48 - June 17th, 2024, 10:35 am
    Post #48 - June 17th, 2024, 10:35 am Post #48 - June 17th, 2024, 10:35 am
    The four I bought came to a little bit over 6 lbs.
  • Post #49 - June 18th, 2024, 6:02 am
    Post #49 - June 18th, 2024, 6:02 am Post #49 - June 18th, 2024, 6:02 am
    1.5# is a nice size and at $6.99, probably the cheapest I have ever seen in the midwest correcting for inflation!!
    -Richard
  • Post #50 - June 18th, 2024, 8:12 am
    Post #50 - June 18th, 2024, 8:12 am Post #50 - June 18th, 2024, 8:12 am
    I got three lobsters Sunday weighing 4.5 pounds. I've never had any success asking for larger lobsters, so it's kind of the luck of the draw. Same "problem" with their Dungeness crabs. I always ask for the largest ones available and get met with a blank stare (at best).

    These three lobsters had some of the hardest shells I've ever encountered. It took everything I had to crack the larger claws. They were not the sweetest, most delicious lobsters that I've ever had, but they were pretty ok, and the deflationary pricing is refreshing.
  • Post #51 - June 18th, 2024, 1:38 pm
    Post #51 - June 18th, 2024, 1:38 pm Post #51 - June 18th, 2024, 1:38 pm
    I will second the comment on the shells; they were surprisingly thick. Wife was happy with the meal though, so definitely a good purchase.
  • Post #52 - June 19th, 2024, 10:49 am
    Post #52 - June 19th, 2024, 10:49 am Post #52 - June 19th, 2024, 10:49 am
    To crack the thick claws, wrap in a towel and use a plastic headed mallet or hammer. A rubber mallet will not work.
    I found the large lobsters I purchase from H Mart as good as any I have had in the Midwest!
    It’s been a long time since I have purchased them off the boat in Maine but invariably the lobsters from H Mart are very very good.
    -Richard
  • Post #53 - June 19th, 2024, 2:52 pm
    Post #53 - June 19th, 2024, 2:52 pm Post #53 - June 19th, 2024, 2:52 pm
    budrichard wrote:To crack the thick claws, wrap in a towel and use a plastic headed mallet or hammer. A rubber mallet will not work.
    I found the large lobsters I purchase from H Mart as good as any I have had in the Midwest!
    It’s been a long time since I have purchased them off the boat in Maine but invariably the lobsters from H Mart are very very good.
    -Richard

    Hi Richard,
    You don’t need no stinkin’ plastic hammers.
    Cover the claw with a towel and use:
    a) the spine of a heavy French knife
    or
    b) meat mallet if you own one
    If you aren't tasting, you aren't cooking.

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