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The Right Way to Eat a Lobster

January 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 113

Although lobster tails are a great way to experience lobster's succulent meat, lobster aficionados enjoy eating the whole animal. A whole lobster has the meaty tail but also adds claws and the small bits of sweet meat located in the legs and "pockets" where the legs meet the body.

Some fine restaurants will offer to separate and clean your lobster for you. If this option is offered to you, it is the easiest way to enjoy your "bug" lobster. If you do not have this option, you will need to separate the lobster yourself. Before you get started, ensure that you have a shell cracker, a small seafood fork, a spare plate, and a lobster bib. You will need all four of them!

Hold the lobster over the spare plate and twist the legs off of the body, allowing any liquid to drain onto the spare plate. Twist the claws off of the legs, then place both the claws and legs on your plate. Hold the tail in one hand and the body in your other hand. Twist in opposite directions to separate them, keeping the lobster over the spare plate. Place the tail on your plate, and leave the lobster body on the edge of the spare plate.

To eat the tail, hold it upside down. Work an upside down fork between the meat and the bottom side of the shell, loosening it. When it is loose pull it out. You can then cut the tail with knife and fork and, if you desire, dredge each bite through drawn butter. Leave the shell on the spare plate.

Crack the claws using your claw cracker. Use just enough pressure to crack them to avoid embedding shell pieces into the meat. Use your seafood fork to take the meat out. Some of the best meat is located in the knuckles of the leg connecting to the claw. Extract it by cracking the knuckles and using your seafood fork.

Although, at this point, you have gotten most of the meat out of the lobster, a little bit remains. The legs have small pieces of extremely sweet meat that can be best eaten by sucking on one end of the leg like a straw. You can, if you are game, remove the hard shell, called a carapace, over the lobster's body and access the small bits of meat where the legs connect to the body. Some eat the green "tomalley," which is the lobster's digestive system, inside. Do not eat the gills, mouth, eyes or any of the surrounding parts of the lobster.

When you are finished, use a finger bowl or moist towelettes to clean yourself up. Expect your first experience eating lobster to be a bit messy, but well worth the effort. Bon appetit!

Learn more about eating Lobsters.

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