On buying the perfect lobster

Buying a live lobster

  • Choose an active lobster: it should move at least a little when you lift it.
  • Before you touch a lobster, make sure its claws are firmly held closed.
  • It can be kept in the refrigerator in a deep, uncovered bowl.
  • Never keep a live lobster in a closed plastic bag.

Le Capitaine Homard répond à vos questionsBuying a cooked lobster

  • A freshly cooked lobster is bright red and smells of the sea.
  • If it was alive when cooked, it’s tail will be curled under its body and will curl back in position if extended. If it does not, chances are that the lobster was dead before being cooked. Be warned: the flesh will be tougher and could be inedible. You will have no way to tell how long ago the lobster has died.
  • When the shell feels sticky, chances are the lobster is not very fresh.

Cooking technique

  • Fill a cauldron with salty water and bring it to a boil.
  • When the water is boiling, put the first live lobster in, head first. It will die curling its tail.
  • Make sure the water is still boiling and add another one.
  • Boil for 14 minutes (1 pound male) or 16 minutes (1 pound female).
  • Take the lobsters out of the water and immerse in cold water for 4 to 5 minutes.

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