You found a lobster hole, you caught your lobsters. The hard part is over. Now it’s time to store and prepare your lobsters. Read below and learn how to store and keep your lobsters fresh for eating!
Lobsters can live out of the water for quite awhile. It’s best to keep them alive and healthy until you’re ready to eat them or store them at home. To keep them fresh, you will need to start the process on the boat. If your boat has a bait well, you will want to place your lobster in there. If you don’t have one, another idea is to place a seawater soaked towel over your bagged lobster. You will want to keep them under the moist towel or even some wet kelp from the water. If you place them in an ice chest they will die fast.
There are many ways to prepare the lobster once you’re back on land. Lobsters can be tailed and steamed, boiled live, or you can just toss them in the freezer for later consumption. The most popular way to cook a lobster is to toss them in boiling water. This works well for lobsters that weigh 5lbs or less. Any larger than that and it can get quite difficult.
If you’re going to tail and steam a lobster, our preferred method, here are a few tips. A lobster’s tail muscles attach to the shell in many places, extending a fair way into the body shell, called the carapace. You will want to hold the lobster so that its tail is tucked under. Then simply slide a knife along the tail and in under the carapace. Slice the meat loose from the inside and along the sides and back of the lobster. Then if you grab the tail and twist it from the body, the tail and all its meat, comes loose. You will see lots of delicious meat in there.
At this point the tail can be frozen or you can steam it to eat right away! Another option is to steam it and then freeze it. You can freeze it right in the shell!