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A sure fire way to know you are getting a fresh lobster is to buy it from Red Lobster. They receive their fresh, live Maine lobsters early in the morning, direct from the Atlantic. To make it even better, they offer you a chance to purchase them online from the Red Lobster website at RedLobster.com. It is delivered directly from the dockside to your door step. If you are buying it as a gift, make certain to send along a gift card. Gift cards can be purchased for amounts ranging from $10 to $250.
Buying live, fresh lobsters from a store or fishmonger can be a daunting task unless you know what to look for. Here are some tips to follow to make your purchase of a live lobster easier.
Color. When buying fresh lobsters, look for a bright red colored body/shell.
Smell. There should be no odor that is offensive to you. Remember to smell the live lobster prior to buying it.
Shell. The live lobster should have a solid shell, with no open nor soft spots.
Claws. The fresh, live lobster that is ready to be purchased will have its claws taped shut. This will prevent you or anyone else from being grabbed by their mighty grip. Common sense, sure, but be safe.
Movement. When deciding on which live fresh lobster to buy, notice if the lobster has any leg movement. It should have quite a bit. Live lobsters that have been refrigerated for a while will have less movement than those found in warmer holding tanks. Also, when you pick it up (or the fish monger does), the lobster's tail should curl tightly against his underbody. The tail should not hang down. It should look like a dog's tail between its legs (to give you a better idea).