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^^^^^^ A smart lady. That makes sense.
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Darn. Now I want some!
It takes a Viking to raze a village.
My wife and I did a book and DVD on diving for lobster in California.
Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.
Everyone wants to eat, but few are willing to hunt....
I can help with the method though.
1. Remove tails. Just rip it off. He won't bite you. Use two bamboo skewers(6-8 inch) and insert them in the lobsters butt. Underneath the tail obviously, you will see it. Hold the tail flat(it will try to curl and will still be moving at this point) and push the skewers through longways as close to the top of the shell as possible. This will give you a nice straight tail after it is poached and not one curled up like a rollie pollie bug.
2. Rip off the claws with the knuckle attached
3. Keep the bodies, I'll get to that later.
4. Bring a pot of court bullion to a boil. Poach the claws and then poach the tails. Just boiling water works fine if you do not want to make a court bouillion. If you do: https://www.escoffieronline.com/how-...ourt-bouillon/
5. If you want to serve them in the shell, pull the skewers out and you are done. If you want to serve them chilled or you want to eat them without the shell, put them directly into a bowl of ice and water to prevent overcooking.
Fine dining places want to serve the meat without the shell and for it to be whole. To do this:
---For the tails, hold it between your hands and squeeze the bottom edges together. You will hear a crack that is the spine of the shell. Then just hold onto the bottom edges of the shell and reverse the motion. This will rip the shell right apart and you will have a nice whole tail.
---For the claws, break off the small digit in a swift motion. Lay the rest of the claw on a cutting board and whack it with the back of a heavy chef knife in the middle of the claw. Then you can wiggle out an intact lobster claw.
---For the knuckles, use kitchen shears. Those will be small pieces you can use as an accent for other dishes.
Save all the cooked shells. Put them in a small pot with just enough oil to cover them and simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Strain and you have a nice lobster infused oil. Store in the fridge for a few weeks. Can keep redoing the same oil as you get more shells for a more intense flavor. Lots of uses- slowly cook scrambled eggs with it, drizzle it on cooked, smoked or chilled seafood, drizzle on a gravlox plate, etc.
The bucket of bodies that were reserved in the very beginning. Probably still squirming around in there. To prepare them, rip the carapace off. Rip out the brains from the obvious location and any guts. That part is ready. For the rest of the body. Scrape off any intestines and throw them out. If you see any dark green egg sacks in the body, reserve for the roe later. Toss all the body parts in a little oil and roast in a hot oven until they are a nice deep red. In a pot and covered with water. Add celery, onion, bay leaves, peppercorns, tomato paste and simmer for about an hour. Strain and you have lobster broth. This is the base for soups, can be reduced down for a very flavorful sauce, etc. Good stuff.
This is the sacks of roe that were reserved when breaking down the bodies for broth. Gently poach in water until they turn a vibrant red. Cool and chop very fine. The individual eggs are very tiny and chopping will break them up. Lobster coral makes a great functional garnish and can be used for beurre blanc type sauces, In a vinaigrette for a chilled seafood dish, sprinkled on top of a lobster bisque, etc (The bisque would be easy to make since you now have the knuckle meat, broth and coral).
Lots of tasty stuff and no parts wasted.
--Notes on cooking times.
I just remembered a few things. A cooking time is hard to judge in advance since the sizes vary. The sizes are very specific, usually 4 oz variation at each level. So a case of chick lobsters will always be between 1-1.25 lbs. So that gives you some indication of how long it will take. There is a cooking time variation within each size group though. A newly molted lobster will have a thin shell. Boiling water can transfer heat faster through a thin shell so that can cut a minute off the time. You also end up with more meat since they are sized by weight and thinner shell requires more meat to make weight. Conversely, a lobster that has grown to his capacity will have a very thick dense shell that can add a minute or a bit more to the cooking. Whatever you buy, they always are at the same stage more or less. I.E. a case will be identical and if you are buying just a few, they will be from the same lot. Just looking at them will tell you a little about cooking time.
It takes a Viking to raze a village.
^^^^^^ Yep. Just boil them.
Just teasing you.
My Dear Wife just invited you up. We’ll jump for the lobsters and all the fixin’s you chose.
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Honestly I do not remember. Do it everyday and you just "know". In a gourmet restaurant, something like breaking down lobsters is a pretty low level job so that was when I was 14-16 years old. I probably did not know the exact time even then. If you have 8 or 9 things cooking at once, you can't have timers all over the place going off. You just have to know it and something clicks in my head. Sorry I cannot be more helpful.^^^^^ That is why you are a world famous chef, and I am not.All those things are very simple and fast to do despite the amount of words it took me.
What you got there is called a Lobster ventriloquist
They are raised around Dare county in NC, those folks know how to do stuff like that.
“FIRST DO NO HARM”, The forgotten creed and a profession that is licensed to kill by our government.
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I always wonder about the first person to eat a lobster. They must have been starving. Who would have thought a creature so ugly would be a tasty meal for so many.
Might be fact. I wasn't there, despite rumors to the contrary.Between the 17th and 18th centuries, lobsters were plentiful—too plentiful. Colonists often found massive mounds of shellfish along the Massachusetts shoreline (some piled up to a man’s knees), and children could spend a few hours fishing and come home with buckets full of dinner. In fact, there were so many lobsters that people got sick of them. Instead of eating them with butter, people started serving lobsters to their pigs, cows, and cats while Native Americans used them as fertilizer and fish bait.
The crustaceans eventually acquired a stigma, and—according to American observer John Rowan—became “signs of poverty and degradation.” They were only served to prisoners and indentured servants, but even these slaves and crooks had rights. Indentured servants from Massachusetts got so fed up with eating lobster every day that they took their masters to court, and the judge ruled in their favor, ruling the servants would only have to eat lobster three times a week.