Maine lobster is some of the tastiest lobster in the world, but if you don't live near Maine, it's still possible to have a Maine lobster feast. Many Maine lobster sellers ship their product around the United States and internationally. The secret to selecting an online vendor of Maine lobster is in finding one that with fast shipping and a fair reimbursement policy if a lobster dies in transit.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Locate an online seller who ships live Maine lobsters (see Resources below). The Maine Lobster Promotion Council's website has a searchable directory of lobster vendors who will ship live lobsters.
Ask the vendor where the lobsters come from and if they are certified Maine lobsters. Certified Maine lobsters come from Maine waters and are caught by licensed Maine lobstermen.
Check the shipping costs, which can be high, and also compare the costs of purchasing lobster from at least two online vendors. Shipping costs can vary from vendor to vendor, and it's worth checking the overall price of more than one seller. The best way to compare is to check both sellers' prices for shipping one lobster of the same weight.
Find out how the lobster will be shipped. Because it will be shipped live, it is perishable, and it must be shipped the quickest way possible. Ask the vendor about which shipping service they use and what the estimated delivery time is.
Look for lobsters that weigh under 2 lb., since a smaller lobster is younger and thus its meat is sweeter and more tender.
Eat the lobster the day it arrives. Boiling and steaming are two popular methods of cooking live lobster. To boil it, bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove, and drop the lobster in. After 10 to 13 minutes, when it turns a bright red, remove the pot from the stove and serve the lobster with melted butter. To steam, do not fill the pot with water; instead, bring 2 cups of water to boil and add the lobster. Cook until it turns a bright red, about 15 minutes.
Tips and warnings
- Although online lobster vendors do everything they can to prevent a lobster from dying in transit, occasionally a lobster will die after being shipped to the customer. Find out before ordering what the company does if one of the lobsters dies in transit. You should be reimbursed for the cost of the lobster and the shipping.
- If you can't eat the lobster the day it arrives, boil or steam it as directed in step 6. After removing it from the pot, run cold water over it and place it in the refrigerator or freezer in a sealed container until you're ready to eat it. It should keep for up to a day or two in the refrigerator and a week in the freezer, but it's best to eat it as soon as possible.
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