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How to store Lobster

Storage time of lobster, or any seafood, depends on how well you take care of it after purchasing it. Storage guidelines are provided below. QualityFreshSeafood.com recommends the lobster be prepared the same day. If you must keep them an additional day, you do so at your own risk. But there are some steps to take that can help ensure they keep the extra day or two.

Live Lobster: First, do not take the lobsters out of the carton to play with them. You may open the carton to inspect them, but QualityFreshSeafood.com recommends you do not remove them from the carton. Second, add some wet newspaper to the carton. This will help to keep the lobsters moist. But do not immerse them in fresh water. The lobsters can not live in fresh water. And third, refrigerate the entire carton right away. The lobsters must be kept cool. If their body temperature rises significantly, the lobsters will perish. If upon inspection one of the lobsters seems listless or lethargic, in general the lobster is still healthy and it is all right to prepare. When a healthy lobster is cooked the tail will curl under the body. If the tail curls on the cooked lobster, the lobster is safe to eat. If for some reason you find that you can not prepare the lobsters for several days, you may partially cook them and then keep them in the refrigerator. Simply place the lobsters in boiling water for six minutes, and then remove them. Refrigerate the lobsters right away. Finish cooking at a later date. See the recipes page for further cooking instructions.

Cooked Lobster: Store cooked lobsters in rigid, airtight containers. The product is best if used within three days from time of cooking.

Lobster Meat: Remove lobster meat from shell. Store the lobster meat in an airtight container for up to four days.

Frozen Lobster Products: Follow directions on package for storage and thawing of frozen lobster products.



The information above is the sole opinion of the author and does not represent any legal advice.








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