Do you ever wonder why so many people are flocking in lobster tanks in grocery stores and not having any idea how you can buy one? The truth is, there are two kinds of lobsters and these are soft shell and hard shell lobsters. Basically, these are functions that can help in knowing if the lobsters have been shed recently or not.
Now, assuming that the lobster is a bit softer, then it indicates that it is soft shell and the meat in these lobsters are sweeter. As for hard shell lobsters, it is a heartier meal but, its meat could be a bit tougher and fishier as well. If you’d take a closer look at the lobster’s underbody particularly on its claws, you will notice that it is vibrant red. On the new shell, the claws are clean while on the old shells, they typically have scrapes from when they’ve banged against rocks. So if it is shed recently, then you can expect it to have a clean shell without having too many scrapes.
Here are few other tips to follow if you like to be certain that you’re buying fresh lobsters.
Tip number 1. You do not need to have a good nose to find a fresh lobster – as a matter of fact, smell isn’t a problem for the lobsters have this unique scent when they are alive.
Tip number 2. Lobsters are like fat cow – the main reason why it’s compared to fat cow is that, if you stop feeding lobsters, they will enter into survival mode and use their excess protein when they sense that they’re in an environment where they can’t eat. So after taking the lobster out of the water, you should consider eating them as soon as possible.
Tip number 3. Size matters – basically this is referring to the size of antenna and what seasoned buyers use. You might be surprised but the lobsters are eating the antenna of each other. If you will take a good look at the holding tank in grocery stores, most of the time you can say if the lobster has been there for quite some time. It is due to the reason that their antennae have been nibbled right down to its base. As much as possible when you are buying lobsters, you want to have assurance that they’re fresh and for that, you should look for those with long antenna.
It’s quite easy to be lost in seafood market and buy lobsters in random but, as long as you know these tips, it will equip you with the knowledge in buying the freshest catch.