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Old 05-04-2006, 11:20 AM   #21
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According to Alton Brown (who of course is by no means the end all be all expert) it does. When he did his show on lobsters he mentioned what I wrote above specifically. I am willing to say that he could very possibly be wrong though.

What I do know is I like the taste of the hard shell lobsters better. That I can say for sure
Me, too, but soft shells sure are easier to crack!

Note to those who aren't real lobster afficienados - when we talk about 'soft-shell lobsters', it's not the same as soft shell crabs.
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Old 05-04-2006, 11:29 AM   #22
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Usually the soft shell ones are easier to crack, but sometimes they are even more difficult. It the shell is really soft then it won't crack at all. I end up peeling those off.

Yeah some of the hard shell ones can be a pain to get into. You also end up spraying all the people around you with lobster juice
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Old 05-04-2006, 11:31 AM   #23
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Yes, it's really irritating to end up with a soft-shell lobster, since you can't really tell until you've gotten them home & cooked them. The shell is difficult to remove & the meat is usually small & mushy.
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Old 05-04-2006, 11:57 AM   #24
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As with most any seafood, fresh is always best. While working in Maine some years back, I passed a lobster house on my way back from a job site. Naturarlly I just had to stop in! I ended up purchasing a dozen of the 2 pounders and a shipping box and flew them home with me. They were absolutely fantastic . Much better than the ones that I've purchased from the grocery store
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Old 05-04-2006, 12:21 PM   #25
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I agree that Maine lobster is the best. I grew up on the Long Island, NY, waterfront, & we used to buy our lobsters right off the boats. It's absolutely crazy that since moving here to VA where the markets get in Maine lobsters, how much better the Maine lobsters are then what we used to get fresh off the boats from Long Island Sound.
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Yeah Breeze the difference in taste is amazing, but the crazy part for me was the fact that I paid half of what it would have cost me to buy them here in B-more. And they were far superior.
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:52 PM   #27
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JohnL - your comment about shipping the lobsters brings back an episode I'll never forget.

Coming back from a summer vacation, our family stopped somewhere in Maryland for a driving/food break, & at the same top popped into a seafood market & bought several dozen live blueclaw crabs that were alive but chilled, & packed in layers in a huge cardboard box. Dad put them in the trunk & though nothing more about it.

Lo & behold, by the time we got home to NY, the crabs had warmed up & were running around EVERYWHERE. Dad grabbed the box, ran into the house & threw it into the bathtub while the rest of us chased escapees throughout the house. For several weeks afterwards we were finding very unpleasant smelling individuals in both the car & the house.
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Lively little boogers, ain't they Breeze! LOL!!!!
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Old 05-05-2006, 08:24 AM   #29
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Like Chef Jimmy said, a one pound lobster doesn't have very much meat in it. However, smaller lobsters tend to be sweeter than the larger ones like Maine Lobster.
wow, i totally disagree. imo, there is no better lobster than homerus americanus, the maine or northern lobster.

i've had lots of pacific and carribbean lobsters over the years: rock, spiny, etc., and they don't come close in terms of taste and sweetness. again, of course, just m.o..

i've heard that it has something to do with colder water.

as far as size goes, i've found that up to about 3 pounds, lobsters taste pretty much the same, but get a little tougher as the size goes up.
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Old 05-05-2006, 08:33 AM   #30
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I completely agree with everything you just said Bucky!

Also along the lines of your cold weather comment, most people do not realize that the best time to get lobsters (Maine lobsters that is) is not the summer, but actually in October.
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