The most humane method to boil lobster

Grilling lobster
Follow the instructions for boiling a lobster above, but only par-boil the lobster for about 5 minutes.
Remove the lobster from the pot and place it on its back.
Preheat the grill to a medium – hot heat.
Take a sharp knife and cut the lobster down the middle. Remove the black vein that runs down the tail, the green tomalley and the sand sac, which is located in the head area, behind the eyes.
Baste the lobster meat with melted butter and lemon juice (optional) and place under the preheated grill, shell-side down for around 8 – 10 minutes or until the lobster meat is thoroughly cooked.
Serve immediately.

Steaming lobster

You will require a longer cooking time to steam your lobster, however, many people say that the result is even better than boiling, giving you a succulent and tasty lobster meat.
Place a steaming rack to hold the lobster in the bottom of a large pot.
Pour 2 inches of water into the pot and add 1 tablespoon of sea salt.
Cover the pot with the lid and bring the water to the boil.
Once the water is boiling fiercely, place the lobster onto the rack, cover the pot and bring back to the boil.
Begin timing once the water is boiling again.
Steam the lobster for 14 minutes for the first lb of weight and then an extra 3 minutes for each extra lb. A 2 lb lobster will cook in 17 minutes, a 3 lb in 20 minutes.
Once the lobster is done, drain immediately and serve.
Boiling lobster

In order to boil your lobster, you will need a large pot with a lid.
Pour enough water in the pot to cover the lobster completely.
Add 2 tablespoons of sea salt for every 2 litres (4 pints) of water.
Bring the water to a fierce boil.
Grasp the live lobster behind the claws and drop it headfirst into the boiling water.
Cover the pot and once the water has started to boil again, start timing.
Boil the lobster for 10 minutes for the first lb of weight and then 3 more minutes for each extra pound. A two lb lobster will be done in 13 minutes, a 3 lb lobster in 16 minutes.
Once cooked, drain the lobster immediately and serve hot.

The most humane method
A lot of people consider boiling a lobster alive to be inhumane and cruel. Other people believe that the nervous system of a lobster is too simple for it to feel any pain at all, similar to insects. This subject remains a topic of controversy, still to this day.

Studies have been carried out by a number of researchers and universities to determine the most humane method of boiling lobster.

Various methods of relaxation techniques were carried out prior to boiling and the lowest number of tail flicks upon insertion into the boiling water was thought to mean that the lobster felt less pain.

It was found that the best way to minimize the tail movements of the lobster upon boiling is by placing the lobster in the freezer for a period of 5 – 10 minutes in order to numb the lobster before cooking.

Lobster must be cooked in salty water, so that the flavour of the meat is maintained, and sea water is preferred if available. Do not panic if sea water is not an option for you, as salted tap water will be fine.

You may add a mixture of wine, vegetables and herbs to the water in order to give the lobster meat more flavour. The residual liquid may also be used to make a delicious stock or sauce. Ingredients that can be added include white wine, pepper, parsley, celery, onions, carrots, or bay leaves.

Many lobster lovers say that lobster is best eaten whole and steamed. However, you can also cook your lobster and use the meat to make sandwiches, salads, soups, risottos and a large number of other varied dishes.

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