Lobster rolls, lobster sandwich, lobster claws and more. Succulent, tender meat. That’s what most people think about when they think about lobsters. All but ready for a lobster feast? Here are a few tips to help you shop, store and cook for fresh lobster in Boston:

Ask Around

Recommendations, tips and suggestions from friends and family can save you a lot of time and trouble. If you’re planning on having lobster for a special meal or a celebration at home, reach out to your contacts and ask them for tips on where to find the freshest lobsters in your area. You could get lucky enough with those tips that you’ll soon find a shop that’s going to provide you with all the fresh lobster in Boston that you’ll ever need.

Check the Reaction

Once you find a lobster source, check the quality of the lobster by picking it up by its sides. Does the tail immediately curl and tuck under the body? It should. And if you see the pincers restrained by an elastic band, don’t remove it. Lobsters are cannibals. They eat their own kind so if you plan on bringing home more than one, keep those pincers restrained.

Prep the Storage

Lobsters can live for three to five days if you put them in a tank full of saltwater, says The Spruce. However, they’re best cooked and eaten when fresh so it might not be a good idea to wait. Cook them on the same day you buy them and the meat will taste better.

Putting it in the Freezer

Want a more humane way to kill a lobster? You could put it in the freezer for an hour before you cook it. That’s going to do the trick. That or you could simply plunge a knife into the area behind the lobster’s eyes. The legs will probably continue to move for a bit but the lobster is already done so you won’t have to worry about boiling it alive.

Store the Food

Keep in mind that cooked lobster must always be refrigerated. You’ll need to finish all your leftovers—if there are any—within two days. If you want the flavor to be fresh, put it in a plastic bag, squeeze out as much air as you can and leave the leftovers in the freezer. That’s going to help retain as much of the food’s freshness as possible.
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