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dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:07 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

from the sea

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
Have yoy asked if your supermarket can order them in? IIRC Morrisons had something up offering this last time I was near one.


I have asked Sainsburys and told me they could get frozen white and/or brown meat or fresh already dressed - haven't tried any of the others though

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
from the sea



Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bernie-woman wrote:

I have asked Sainsburys and told me they could get frozen white and/or brown meat or fresh already dressed - haven't tried any of the others though


Our sainsbury's is quite good. I had live mussels and oysters from strangford lough out of there on Tue.

judith



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I can get whole, "undressed", but cooked crab easily from our fishmonger, but I've never seen it uncooked.

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
bernie-woman wrote:

I have asked Sainsburys and told me they could get frozen white and/or brown meat or fresh already dressed - haven't tried any of the others though


Our sainsbury's is quite good. I had live mussels and oysters from strangford lough out of there on Tue.


I suppose the fact that we couldn't be farther from the sea stumps our local one - not good fish at all in our local Sainsburys - have had some nice mussels from Waitrose though which they ordered for me so perhaps need to ask there

dougal



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
I can get whole, "undressed", but cooked crab easily from our fishmonger, but I've never seen it uncooked.

You can buy them live, (like lobster), but its going to be relatively hard away from the coast.

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just been signposted to this from last Saturdays Guardian

Shell out on crab


Nikki Duffy
Saturday February 24, 2007
The Guardian

Now is the best time for brown crab - they're in peak condition and full of meaty flesh. You should be able to get hold of them fresh at any fishmonger. If you're buying ready-picked crab, ask if it's been frozen: if it has, it will lack the lovely, firm texture and fresh flavour of a just-cooked crab, so probably should not be served unadorned in a salad, say. It's best to order live crab. Get the fishmonger to boil them for you, or do it yourself at home (you'll need a big saucepan). Use a good illustrated guide to help, such as the one in Rick Stein's Seafood (BBC Books).



Male brown crabs (cocks) are a bit larger than females (hens), and their big claws are full of white meat. Hens are said to have sweeter brown meat. So it pays to buy one of each, really.
The odd warning bell has sounded in terms of reduced catches in some areas. No one is suggesting we stop eating crab, but do shop with care: never buy very small crabs, but go for large, mature specimens that have had a chance to reproduce. Minimum landing size is around 120mm-140mm across the carapace, but it is easy to find much bigger. Don't buy a 'berried' female (ie, one with a mass of red roe under her abdomen) or just claws on their own: the bodies may well have been thrown back into the sea unused. If you want to be really careful, buy crab from the Inshore Potting Agreement area in Devon, a model of a well-managed, sustainable fishery (01548 580446 for details), though this crab tends to be sold locally, so is not that easy to get hold of if you don't live in the south-west.

For mail order, wetfishshop.com is a good source and cooks crabs to order (Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days to place an order).


dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

there are coastal downsizers
live crabs can be obtained (be merciful at the end )
train from penzance or mallaigh

RichardW



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 07 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ruby wrote:
Course I could go and catch my own (it's on the list of things to do )How come when I was a child my parents found time to do stuff like this with us?



Baaad mother


Cos they dint have all the labour saving items we have now
Cos kids dint need batteries to have fun

Justme

kaz



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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 07 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When we used to go onj holiday to France you could buy live crabs in all the outdoor markets
Where we live now, friends of ours make their living by preparing seafood - she is known as Mary Crabs but I don't know whether they would supply whole crabs.

pricey



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 07 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I can get you as many as you want, but we are a bit far away from each other. Do you know anyone coming this way?

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 07 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

pricey wrote:
Do you know anyone coming this way?


No pricey - don't know anyone coming to your neck of the woods but we will be down in your neck of the woods at the beginning of autumn so will get in touch to see if the offer still stands

pricey



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 07 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bernie-woman wrote:
pricey wrote:
Do you know anyone coming this way?


No pricey - don't know anyone coming to your neck of the woods but we will be down in your neck of the woods at the beginning of autumn so will get in touch to see if the offer still stands


Any time, let me know when you are coming and I will get them fresh off the boat.

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 07 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

pricey wrote:
bernie-woman wrote:
pricey wrote:
Do you know anyone coming this way?


No pricey - don't know anyone coming to your neck of the woods but we will be down in your neck of the woods at the beginning of autumn so will get in touch to see if the offer still stands


Any time, let me know when you are coming and I will get them fresh off the boat.


Thanks pricey that is fantastic - I'll be in touch

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