DailyDirt: Lobsters -- Sea Food Different

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Lobsters have an interesting culinary history. While these invertebrates are now generally considered an expensive meal for special occasions, they were once so plentiful in the northeastern US that they were a cheap food fed to prisoners -- and subsequently considered "cruel and unusual punishment" to be served as a daily meal. (Perhaps they just didn't have much melted butter in the 1800s...) But lobsters have re-gained their status as a luxury food item, and here are just a few interesting stories about these critters. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 17th, 2012 @ 5:44pm

    how can I generate 90K lbs of water pressure at home!?!!

    I'm looking forward to eating perfectly de-shelled lobsters that have been flash-frozen like sushi meat... YUM. NOM NOM NOM

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    Paul Renault (profile), Aug 17th, 2012 @ 6:33pm

    Actually, around here they used to be used...

    ..as fertilizer, as well. Well, maybe not the meat, but the leftovers from the carcasses.

    Older lobsters still taste good. The best time to cook 'em is when they're all mottled and varigated, and with a hard, hard shell. Just before they're going to molt.

    Then you get what we call a 'full' lobster, with lots of flavour and lots of meat. Getting the meat out is a matter of technique, lotsa practice. And twelve years of judo - developping your kumi kata.

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Aug 17th, 2012 @ 6:42pm


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    Kingster (profile), Aug 18th, 2012 @ 6:10am

    The lobstahs we Mainahs eat are no biggah than a pound'n'a'haaf. It's moah werrk, to eat them little things, mistah, but they taste a ton bettah.

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    erik, Aug 18th, 2012 @ 5:45pm

    most interesting lobster article i have read

    Consider the lobster, by dDavid Foster Wallace,

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