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How to Buy a Maine Lobster

To many people, the ultimate special occasion meal is lobster. You may want to buy your own lobster for a special meal at home. This article will help you buy a fresh Maine lobster in a seafood market or online.

Steps

  1. Choose the correct animal.
    • Although other warm water parts of the world have animals called lobster-rock and spiny, for example-only the cold waters off the New England coast are home to true Maine lobsters.
    • Maine lobsters are distinctive do to their large claws that are full of meat. The rock and spiny lobsters have no claws, so their tail only produces meat.
    • Maine lobsters molt from July through October and some of the animals caught during this time are known as "soft-shell." There is less meat in a soft-shell lobster and, therefore, they are usually less expensive than the hard-shelled. Many people, though, believe that the meat of the soft-shell lobsters is more sweet than that of the hard-shell.
  2. Determine the size of the lobster you need.
    • In general, the typical Maine lobster is about 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 lbs. (.6 to .8 kg), although they are available in smaller or larger sizes.
    • If you are in need of a specific amount of lobster meat, you should estimate that 5-to-6 lbs. (2.3-to-2.7 kg) of soft-shell lobster and 4 1/2-to-5 1/2 lbs. (2-to-2.5 kg) of hard-shell lobster will yield 1 lb. (.5 kg) of meat.
  3. Buy a lobster at a seafood market.
    • If you have a reputable seafood purveyor near you, you can probably buy a Maine lobster there. Many markets have large tanks where the lobsters live until they are bought. Always be sure to buy a lobster that is active and moving its legs energetically. Reject any animal that seems limp or is barely moving.
  4. Buy live lobsters online if you cannot find them locally.
    • Many lobster pounds in Maine and other New England states will ship freshly caught lobsters to you using dry ice and overnight shipping. This will cost more than buying them from a seafood market, but you can be sure the lobsters are very fresh.

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  • Always ask questions of the staff at the fish market when buying lobster (or any kind of seafood). Ask them when they received the lobster, where it was caught or anything else you are curious about.
  • Once you have your lobster, it's best to cook and eat it that same day. You can keep it stored in the refrigerator, covered with damp cloth, seaweed or newspaper until you are ready to cook it. If you had it shipped, keep it in the shipping package until you are ready to cook it.
  • When ordering online, be sure to understand shipping charges and return policies in case a lobster is dead upon delivery (although this is very rare). Call or email them before ordering if you have any questions that are not answered on their websites.





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