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Old 05-12-2017, 03:10 PM   #1
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Seasoning Lobster Boiling Water

I am about to boil up some lobsters tonight.

From 2 of them I will be making Lobster Rolls (Welcome Home for my traveling neighbours).
The other I will share with a friend, hot out of the pot. (hope I can pick out the largest )

I was wondering if any of you "season" the boiling water with anything - other than salt. Any herbs? spices?... something?

I actually have some lemon grass that I'm thinking should be used up and was wondering if I dumped one or two into the pot it could give a hint of lemon?

I know it's sort of late but if anyone sees this in time and has an opinion I'd love to hear it.

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Old 05-12-2017, 03:18 PM   #2
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I would liberally salt the water, Tbsp whole black pepper corns, bay leaves and white wine or sherry or vermouth. Basically a light court bouillon.
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somehow I knew you would be the first to answer

Thanks! I think that's just what I will do.
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Old 05-12-2017, 03:35 PM   #4
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It helps being a seafood snob! Seriously, the lobster will shine.
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somehow I knew you would be the first to answer

Thanks! I think that's just what I will do.
Not only first, but someone where we trust the answer.
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Old 05-12-2017, 07:07 PM   #6
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I never boil lobster. I made that mistake once. Steaming them is the way to go, as it keeps the salty ocean flavors. Nothing else is required, at least not for New England lobsters .
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Old 05-12-2017, 10:49 PM   #7
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Yikes no flavoring!!

Just lots of salt

You want the ocean flavor, nothing else
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Old 05-13-2017, 05:10 AM   #8
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Liquid for Poaching a Lobster:

I prepare a Court Bouillon too.

2 leeks, 2 sprigs of Thyme, the juice of 1/2 lemon, 2 cups of white wine, 1 shallot, or sweet onion, a tiny bit of fennel, salt, a turn of the grinder of freshly ground black pepper, fresh minced parsley, 1 Turkish bay leaf and 1 clove of smashed garlic.
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Old 05-13-2017, 06:29 AM   #9
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Burp.... done.

All you suggestions are yummy sounding.

I did the simple one, couple of bay leaves, some black peppercorns and a shot of white wine.

they were delish

tenspeed - I may try steaming them again in the future but my one time trying was disastrous.

I can remember my mother hitching up her skirts and wading out in the ocean to try and fill the pot with sand free water. We cooked lobsters and corn on the beach. A little rogue wave came along and got her bottom. The five of us kids were rolling on the beach watching her, trying not to get knocked over, fill the pot full enough, keep her skirt high, she needed 2 hands for the heavy pot and two hands for her skirt.
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Dragnlaw,

Wonderfully vividly narrated story ! Actually, ocean or sea water is still used in tiny coastal zones of the Mediterrean to boil lobsters and other shellfish creatures !

Thank you for posting .. Have a nice weekend.
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