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Cutting up a live lobster
We all love lobsters. Lobsters are best when cooked alive, but it seems many people have problems hand...
 
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January 16, 2014
Cutting up a live lobster

We all love lobsters. Lobsters are best when cooked alive, but it seems many people have problems handling a live lobster. To resolve this, set a live lobster in the freezer half an hour before cooking it then proceed to cook it or cut it. If you want to make a sauce or bake the lobsters in a half shell, this is the way to prepare it. With scissors cut the claws at the joints and detach. Place the lobster on a cutting board with tail firmly held in your hand . With a kitchen knife cut the lobsters head in half by inserting the knife where the head section meets the tail section and bring the knife down the Head in a swift motion, cut all the way down to the board, then turn the lobster around and cut the same way through the tail. The lobster should be split open now. Cut off the antennae and eyes with the shears and clean the digestive sach right by the eyes. Note the dark mass of tomalley and roe in the body cavity, both are excellent to eat. The lobster halves are ready to cook now.