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Is is best to cook lobsters live...or can you freeze them to cook later?
Recipes & Entertaining / 1:45 AM - Sunday June 28, 2009

Is is best to cook lobsters live...or can you freeze them to cook later?

My cousin is going to Maine and is planning on bringing some home. Never cooked lobster but love to eat them out.

- Asked by cinders717, A Sweet Sarah, Female, 36-45, Who Cares?

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It is definitely better to cook a lobster live or right after it's been killed. The meat will be more tender and delicious that way. An easy and humane way to kill a lobster is to take a cleaver or large chef's knife and chop right down between the eyes through the head. It will sever the central nervous system so that from then on, the lobster will not be in any pain. If your cousin is planning on bringing lobsters home from Maine, the lobster professionals there can flash freeze them and pack them correctly so that they will travel better and provide instructions for cooking and/or defrosting. Good luck and enjoy!

- Response by ghresearchinstitute1900, Female, 46-55, New York

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pack them in ice for the trip, but be sure that they arrive live. rule of thumb is to steam or boil 'em 4 minutes/lb.

i used to live near the fulton fish market in n.y.c., and bought my lobsters there when the kids were young. i used to set them out on the kitchen counter and they would race around madly. the kids loved it almost as much as eating them later.

- Response by two469, An Alternative Girl, Female, 18-21, Seattle, Science / Engineering

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They are fine either way. The only advantage to the live cooking is for restaurants and keeping the freshness guaranteed until they are purchased.

We have a family friend that owns a fishing operation in the Gulf and they ship my family shrimp and lobster all the time; flash frozen. You would never know the difference.

What can make the difference, is when sea food is frozen more than once. Many market refreeze sea food over and over before it reaches your table. Seafood is a lot like vegetables, freeze once only, then cook/eat.

- Response by randyl, A Thinker, Female, Who Cares?, Technical

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live, but if you freeze them its ok. not a huge difference.

- Response by yasaa2, A Cool Mom, Female, 36-45, Who Cares?

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My lady its always better to cook them while alive to get the best taste from them but to freeze them you get the freezer ice kinda burn on them and that gets into the good taste that they have and it can make the lobster dry and bitter?? so alive and kill as they boil, if you listen real close you can hear the little fellows scream???? Just kidding!!

- Response by ptawillis, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 56-65, Medical / Dental

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They don't stress the "Live" in Live Maine Lobsters for nothing..

the best way to eat any always fresh!!

- Response by divatoonami, A Trendsetter, Female, 36-45, Administrative

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How terrible, these poor animals. Boiled until they die... At least quick freeze them, (not painful). Humans can be so cruel!!!

- Response by tinkerbell101a, A Thinker, Female, 36-45, Who Cares?

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I'm not a lobster fan...
I'd rather have a good burger or pizza.

- Response by fbomb101, A Life of the Party, Female, 36-45, Boston, Managerial

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either way is fine

- Response by bigcurt, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 56-65, Pittsburgh, Self-Employed

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Lobster is always best eaten fresh, but u can freeze them. But I would suggest that you cook them and then freeze them. This way you don't lose that just cooked flavour.

- Response by brezzybng, A Guy Critical, Male, 22-25

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