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Old 02-26-2012, 09:44 AM   #1
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King Crab 2012

In support for the Deadliest Catch..

Here is last year's thread

T&T is having a sale at 12.99 .. supposedly this year's season is predicted to be a short one?
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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Is it in full swing already? I thought it would be in a few more weeks...



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I had it at Empire Landmark this past Friday. It's 10.99 lb there!
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:30 PM   #5
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In support for the Deadliest Catch..

Here is last year's thread

T&T is having a sale at 12.99 .. supposedly this year's season is predicted to be a short one?
Ya picked up one for about $86. About 6.5 pounds .... But for that price, and work I think it maybe worth it to go to a restaurant?
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Ya picked up one for about $86. About 6.5 pounds .... But for that price, and work I think it maybe worth it to go to a restaurant?
yeah totally true...I'd pay the extra so I dont have to do all the work....

Its nice to have it at home, but T&T king crab are usually fucked up in some sort of way....get it from a wholesaler...much better quality stuff.
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Ya picked up one for about $86. About 6.5 pounds .... But for that price, and work I think it maybe worth it to go to a restaurant?
a guy who used to be on these forums said that most restaurants will scam you at minimum, 3lbs. so you'd pay for a 10lb crab and they'd give you a 6.5.
10lb @ 10.99 at a restaurant (when crab is at its cheapest), is $110 + taxes, tips, etc...
really depends how you like to enjoy it imo. if you like it steamed and with just drawn butter, then buy it and do it at home. if you like it done 2-3 ways then go to a restaurant and pay the extra.
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yeah totally true...I'd pay the extra so I dont have to do all the work....

Its nice to have it at home, but T&T king crab are usually fucked up in some sort of way....get it from a wholesaler...much better quality stuff.
Ya, also hearing some scary stuff about T&T tanks being filled with some chemicals to make the seafood stay alive, and feel crunchy fresh when eating.. I'd love to find a wholesaler and get it direct... just don't know any.

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a guy who used to be on these forums said that most restaurants will scam you at minimum, 3lbs. so you'd pay for a 10lb crab and they'd give you a 6.5.
10lb @ 10.99 at a restaurant (when crab is at its cheapest), is $110 + taxes, tips, etc...
really depends how you like to enjoy it imo. if you like it steamed and with just drawn butter, then buy it and do it at home. if you like it done 2-3 ways then go to a restaurant and pay the extra.

That's true, we just steamed it with garlic, butter and lemons.. it was great, but I think I need better scissors to pre-open the shells before steaming. Almost busted the hand clamping down..

And true that about the scamming, just count the legs and make sure you get 6!
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its not that they give you less legs, they cook you a smaller crab after they show you a big one.
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its not that they give you less legs, they cook you a smaller crab after they show you a big one.
exactly.. and also there are lots of other parts other than the legs you will know what I mean if you make it yourself. the other night I made it I had to split it into 4 big plates to steam. It was a 8 lb crab and it felt like it was as much as what i had at restaurants that claimed theirs was 12lbs. also i heard they swap some parts of the crab with cheap dead ones to create more plates to sell.
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I'm looking for it too lol
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I bought a 12 pounder one year from the lobster man on Granville Island and it was 12 pounds when it was alive... I asked them to gut it for me because I didn't know how... the parts I was taking home weighed about 7 pounds so I don't think restaurants are ripping people off.
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I had it at Empire Landmark this past Friday. It's 10.99 lb there!
Where's this? There's a Chinese restaurant there?... isn't that Cloud 9?

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Where's this? There's a Chinese restaurant there?... isn't that Cloud 9?



That's what I'd like to know! Cheap and Good!
Sorry... Brain cart..it's called Empire Chinese Cuisine.


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^ Ah thanks, maybe I will go there next week! How many ways did you have it? Was it delicious!
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I bought a 12 pounder one year from the lobster man on Granville Island and it was 12 pounds when it was alive... I asked them to gut it for me because I didn't know how... the parts I was taking home weighed about 7 pounds so I don't think restaurants are ripping people off.
i think the point is that they will serve you a crab that has a lower total weight...
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i think the point is that they will serve you a crab that has a lower total weight...
Yeah, I got your point earlier. I was saying that people would think that they're getting a smaller crab because what ends up on the plates doesn't equate to the whole crab. When you think of the logistics of a scam like this, it's very unlikely to be true... especially when you're serving the type of people who can smell a scam a mile away.

If you're really worried, take a picture of yourself holding the crab when they show it to you and compare the cooked crab with the one in the picture. Unless the crab is actually different, they're just rumors you're spreading.
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unit is right...my family owns a restaurant, since they are into that business they've made friends with alot of other restaurant owners the past decade. its one of the most common tricks/scams pulled. the good ole switch-a-roo. dont be surprised if you get a dead one as well
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my info comes from bigrig, who works in distributing seafood for higher end restaurants.
whether you choose to believe him is up to you, but he offered a lot of insider information which i dont really doubt.
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I know a few restaurant owners as well and they tell me otherwise which is why I'm defending them. Not only do the logistics make something like this difficult, the math doesn't add up.

Using your example, let's say they swap out my 10 pounder for a 6.5 pounder... after gutting it, you're left with maybe 4.5 pounds... the cooking process pulls moisture out so the meat shrinks... what ends up on the table is maybe 3.5 pounds. Does that sound like enough to feed a table of 6ish people?

If i go out with my family of 4, we typically get a 5 pounder as it's enough to feed us all. So your informant says I'll get scammed minimum 3 pounds, I should've got a 2 pounder which I don't even think could be legally caught.

Not saying it doesn't happen but if this was as big a scam as people make it out to be, it'd be all over the news in a hurry.
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I know a few restaurant owners as well and they tell me otherwise which is why I'm defending them. Not only do the logistics make something like this difficult, the math doesn't add up.

Using your example, let's say they swap out my 10 pounder for a 6.5 pounder... after gutting it, you're left with maybe 4.5 pounds... the cooking process pulls moisture out so the meat shrinks... what ends up on the table is maybe 3.5 pounds. Does that sound like enough to feed a table of 6ish people?

If i go out with my family of 4, we typically get a 5 pounder as it's enough to feed us all. So your informant says I'll get scammed minimum 3 pounds, I should've got a 2 pounder which I don't even think could be legally caught.

Not saying it doesn't happen but if this was as big a scam as people make it out to be, it'd be all over the news in a hurry.
I don't think it would apply to ALL cases (i.e. no profit would be made from scamming a dinky 5lb crab), but in cases where someone wanted a 12-14 lb crab, or two 12 lb crabs (let's say it's a big party), the resturant could get away with serving a 9 lb crab in leiu, and you could not tell the difference.
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