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Not Every Lobster is Created Equal - Lobster Differences . .
lobsters are not created equal! There are many different
species of lobster fished in many parts of the world.
However, it is almost universally agreed on that Maine
lobster is by far the best. Its sweet, tender meat has
become a gourmet treat throughout the world. In
presentation, there is just nothing like the beautiful,
bright red color of a freshly-cooked lobster.
Delicious meat, beautiful presentation and ease of
preparation have made Maine lobster the perfect choice for
a unique and memorable dinner.
How do you pack live lobsters to travel?
We pack our lobsters in styrofoam boxes with individual
slots for each lobster. This protects the lobsters from
each other and gives them a comfortable ride. Jell-ice
packs and wet paper bags are used to keep them cold and
moist for shipping. Lobsters packed like this will last up
to two days. We have over twenty five years experience
packing lobsters and know how to get them to you alive and
What's the difference between a hard-shell and soft-shell
When a lobster outgrows its shell, it molts and discards
or "sheds" the old shell. It then has a soft
shell and is called a "shedder." As the lobster
feeds, its shell hardens, and it adds meat to its body.
Which is better, hard or soft shell?
Both hard and soft shell lobsters have their advantages
and disadvantages. Hard shells will have more meat but
many people find it difficult to crack their shells. Soft
shells are more tender and sweet, and are generally
considered to be the superior tasting. The perfect
combination of the two is the "firm" lobster.
Firm lobsters are shedders who’s shells have hardened up
and who’s meat content has increased but have not yet
lost the tender sweet taste of the soft shell lobster.
They are also easier to break into without the use of
tools. We can ship either hardshell, firmshell or
softshell lobsters. Please call to discuss the best option
for your needs.
How much water is necessary to boil a lobster? Should you
use salt water?
Put one to two inches of water in the bottom of the pot to
steam lobsters. You don't have to use saltwater, but most
people would agree that lobsters taste better if you add
sea-salt to the water or use seawater, which contains
about 3 percent salt.
How do you tell when a lobster is done?
The lobster will turn a bright red and the antennae will
pull out easily when the lobster is done.
Why do lobsters turn red when they are cooked?
A live lobster is greenish-brown because of many different
color pigment chromatophores. When it is cooked, all the
pigments are masked except for astaxanthin, which is the
background red pigment.
Does lobster contain much fat or cholesterol?
Lobster (without butter) is very low in calories,
saturated fat, and cholesterol. Lobster meat also contains
omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, the substances that seem
to reduce hardening of the arteries and decrease the risk
of heart disease.
Are there parts of a lobster that are poisonous?
Are large lobsters tougher than small lobsters?
Most people think there is no difference in tenderness
between the meat of lobsters in the 1 - 3 pound range.
Lobsters over 3 pounds can start to get tougher. Maine has
a size limit, making it illegal to trap lobsters over
about 4 pounds.
How big is a lobster's brain?
Small. Very small. A lobster has a brain the size of a
grasshopper's. The lobster brain is primarily just a
collection of ganglia, or nerve endings.
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