Cooking fresh whole lobster

Can you purchase a lobster in the morning, have it cut up in pieces by the fish monger, and then cook it later that day....how best would one keep it?

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Monita
Monita June 26, 2013

Just keep it cold in the fridge

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ChefJune
ChefJune June 26, 2013

Lobsters are generally sold live. Not sure I'd want to cook an already dead lobster. I normally store fish in the fridge by rewrapping it in waxed paper and setting the package atop a bowl of ice water. I suppose that would work for your lobster pieces as well.

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ChefOno
ChefOno June 26, 2013

Don't do it. Lobsters are sold live because their digestive enzymes begin turning muscle tissue to mush immediately after death. Either buy a fully cooked bug or take a live one home and hold it in the refrigerator in moist wrapping until you're ready to cook it. You can dispatch it with a knife or anaesthetize it in salted ice water for 30 minutes before cutting it up. The shell is packed with flavor so it's best to cook it shell-on which will intensify the outer layer of meat.

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pierino
pierino June 27, 2013

Absolutely agree with ChefOno on this. Crustaceons begin to decay as soon as they are dead. But a live lobster will survive on ice for at least four hours. How you dispatch the lobster is up to you. And I also agree on the importance of the shell. The French sauce Homard L'Americane is based on incorporating the shell.

Lynne Rothenberg
Lynne Rothenberg June 26, 2013

Thanks so much. I think I can do this.

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Sam1148
Sam1148 June 26, 2013

You can also hold a live Lobster overnight in a ice chest lined with wet newspaper..(preferably in a chilled salted water to moisten the paper)on top and bottom of the bug. And a few ice packs or cubes to keep the temp down below 55 or so to slow it's metabolism.

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