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Tuesday, June 10 2008
Purchasing live lobsters can be a daunting task, but after reading this guide, you'll see how easy it really is!

Buying Live Lobsters

I'm sure most of you have seen the lobster tanks in your local grocery store or meat market, but do you know what to look for when you are buying one of them? The most common type of lobster you will encounter is the Maine Lobster. Ask the fish monger to let you hold the lobster. Most places will let you, but if they don't, you don't want to buy from that place any ways. You want to look for a lobster that is very active. The more they move around, the better. One's that act lethargic may be close to dying and that does not make for good eats. When you hold the lobster, squeeze the body. If the shell feels hard and does not give much, you're holding a Hardshell (lobsters that are several months past their last molt). If it feels soft or has quite a bit of give, you've got a Softshell (lobsters that are recently molted). If you aren't sure, ask the fish monger and they will be able to tell you. Unless you live right up the street from where you are buying your lobsters, you should probably bring a cooler to transport them home in.

Storing Live Lobsters

If you come home with Hardshell lobsters, they can survive out of water for up to two days if kept properly refrigerated. Softshells, on the other hand, can only survive a few hours out of water. That's why it's important to know which kind you have. If you are going to spend the money for fresh lobster, we would recommend that you purchase it the same day as you plan to cook it.

Whichever type of lobster you have, store them in your refrigerator on a baking sheet or something similar. Don't worry about them running off, they don't move well at all out of water.

Cooking Live Lobsters

While this website talks a lot of grilling lobsters, steaming and boiling are probably the two most common methods of cooking. Since lobsters are cooked alive, you want to treat the lobsters as humanely as possible. The easiest and cleanest way is to place your lobsters in the freezer for around thirty minutes prior to cooking them. They will effectively be asleep and will feel no pain when the cooking process begins.

Now it's time to cook the lobsters! Please browse through our lobster recipes or follow our grilling lobster tails guide. Happy eating!

Grilling lobster tails and lobster tail recipes

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