April 10, 2009, Newsletter Issue #110: Seafood Storage Tips for Lobster

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Here are some seafood storage tips involving lobster that you may find helpful.

If you are storing a live lobster, do not immerse it in water. That will kill it.

Do not store live lobster on ice. When using a fresh seafood delivery service or live lobster delivery service (such as Red Lobster), they will include some fresh seafood storage tips that need to be followed.

Do not store live lobster in an airtight container in your refrigerator. That will suffocate it.Store the live lobster in a large open container. Put the container in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Cover it with a damp towel, damp newspaper strips, or moist seaweed. Many times you will be given the packaging needed to store your live lobster when you purchase it. Lobsters will live for around 36 hours if kept in these optimal damp conditions. When storing cooked lobster meat, remove it from the shell prior to storing it. Cooked lobster meat is best eaten within two days.

Cool your cooked lobster immediately, if you are not going to eat the lobster right away. Immerse it into a pan of ice cold water. This prevents bacteria from multiplying and contaminating the lobster meat. You can freeze cooked lobster meat by placing it into a resealable plastic bag, or airtight container.

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