PLEASE HELP! LIVE LOBSTERS - Throw them away?

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  1. moutainmom

    moutainmom

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    Thanks so much for your attention!  Hoping you can advise me on my live lobsters.  I bought live lobsters at 11am on Tuesday in Rhode Island.  

    They packed them in paper bags and ice bags and I put them in an insulated bag and flew home to Colorado.  Once home my husband said to put them in a cooler and put the cooler outside on the back deck (18 degrees out).  Its now Wednesday night and I just Googled ideas on how to cook them.  I now realize they should have been in the refrigerator!!  I just now put them in there.  The temp did not get above 30 today where I live.. but they were in a cooler with a lid!  

    I WAS planning on a lobster dinner for friends on Friday night. I'm now reading there is no way that will work.  So right now it is Wednesday night at 11pm.  I can't cook them right now!  The soonest I can cook them might be Thursday around 3.  Does it even matter?  Have I missed my opportunity?  Do I have to throw them away?  Thanks 
     
  2. colin

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    Assuming they're still alive, how do they look?
     
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  3. moutainmom

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    I'm about to take them out of the packaging they are in right now.  WIll post info in a minute... thanks
     
  4. moutainmom

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    OMG They are sooo resilient !

    Ok.. they seem to be moving around a bit.

    Now what?

    Its 5:25 am and I have zero spices and have to get ready for a job interview (computing not culinary).

    Can I put them back in the refrigerator?
     
  5. moutainmom

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    OK they are waking up. I put them back in the refrigerator, still with a bit of the brown paper bag covering them, in a deep pan.  I put the ice packs on the top of them.
     
  6. phatch

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    Moving to Food Discussion. not a pro topic.
     
  7. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    Boil them now.
     
  8. chrislehrer

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    Short answer: If they are dead, throw them away. If they are live, you can use them.

    Long answer: If they're alive, keep them damp (damp seaweed, damp paper bag, something like that), keep them cool (not frozen, but fridge is fine). Ideally, live lobsters should be frisky: if you pick them up by the middle section (the main section right behind the eyes), they should wave their claws and little legs around and really look like they want a piece of you. If they're sulky and won't move much, see whether they perk up by letting them walk around in the sink with an occasional sprinkling of cold water. (Do NOT submerge them in fresh water, or they will drown.) If they don't seem all that perky no matter what you do, cook them ASAP and either serve them cold or else do a classic two-stage lobster preparation (e.g. lobster Neuberg, Thermidor, etc.). In the latter case, you're going to blanch them for three minutes or so in rapidly boiling water, which kills them and sets the flesh, and then you'll strip the meat out of the shells. The shells are used to make a stock, the tomalley and roe (if any) are used to thicken a sauce at the last minute, and the meat is sauteed with vegetables and wine and such. There are many variations on this theme, and they are rather more forgiving with fresh but non-frisky lobster than is the purist boiled/steamed lobster with drawn butter.
     
  9. shroomgirl

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    fresh but not frisky...../img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif    thanks for the smile Chris
     
  10. mrs salt

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    LOL at perky lobsters, you're an ace Chris.
     
  11. garrettjames

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    lol pets
     
  12. daniel howard

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    It"s after fri. night... Case closed...