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Cooking Lobster at Home | Our Best 5 Tips

Cooking Lobster at Home | Our Best 5 Tips
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Summertime is synonymous with seafood in New England. Save some cash this year by cooking lobster at home using these 5 tips that take the guesswork out of preparing and serving this classic coastal staple.

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Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Remove the Rubber Bands

If you’ve ever noticed that lobster claws sometimes have a rubbery flavor, they were probably cooked with the rubber bands still attached.

If you’re comfortable handling live lobsters, try this: Holding the lobster away from your body, use a knife with a long blade to slide the rubber bands off the claws right before you drop the lobster into the pot. You’ll notice a big difference in the taste.

Steam, Don't Boil To prevent lobsters from losing flavor or becoming waterlogged, follow the late Bertha Nunan's instructions on the best way to steam a lobster.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Steam, Don’t Boil

To prevent lobsters from losing flavor or becoming waterlogged, follow the late Bertha Nunan’s instructions on the best way to steam a lobster.

Serve Lobsters on Pie Plates Cracking open a lobster can be a messy business. Pie plates are deep enough to hold the lobster and catch anything that drips out when you crack it open. This will save time when you clean up after the meal. Learn the easy way to crack open a lobster.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Serve Lobsters on Pie Plates

Cracking open a lobster can be a messy business. Pie plates are deep enough to hold the lobster and catch anything that drips out when you crack it open. This will save time when you clean up after the meal.

Learn the easy way to crack open a lobster.

large bowl for lobster shells
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Collect Shells in a Bowl

When you set the table, put out a large bowl to hold the empty shells.

Pick the Leftovers As soon as the meal is over, pick the meat from any remaining lobsters and refrigerate in an airtight container. Toss with a bit of mayo the following day and serve on a toasted bun. Looking for something different? Try this recipe for warm lobster rolls.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Pick the Leftovers

As soon as the meal is over, pick the meat from any remaining lobsters and refrigerate in an airtight container. Toss with a bit of mayo the following day and serve on a toasted bun.

Looking for something different? Try this recipe for warm lobster rolls.

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Brenda Darroch

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Brenda Darroch is a contributor to YankeeMagazine.com. She lives in Kennebunk, Maine.
Updated Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
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