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Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about lobster

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some common questions.
If you have any questions not answered here, please call us at 1-800-668-1612. We will be happy to take your order over the phone or answer any concerns you might have.


What is the latest time I can order for next day delivery?
What should I do when my lobsters arrive?
How do I know if my lobsters are still alive?
Why aren't my live lobsters red?
How long can I store live lobsters before cooking them?
How long can you keep cooked lobster in the refrigerator?
What is the difference between a hard-shell lobster and a soft-shell lobster?
How do you hold a lobster so you aren't pinched?
How many lobsters does it take to make a pound of lobster meat?
Do I need to remove the bands on the claws before cooking?
I ordered lobster meat. How long can I store it?
I ordered lobster tails. How long can I store them?
I ordered clams. How long can I store them?
Is Maine lobster a healthy food?
What is the privacy policy of New Meadows Lobster?


Q. What is the latest time I can order for next day delivery?

A. For overnight delivery, your order must be placed by 12noon Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Q. What should I do when my lobsters arrive?

A. Inspect your shipment and notify us if there are any problems. Remove your live lobsters from the packaging and store them in the refrigerator (the crisper is best). Do not store lobsters in water or plastic.

We recommend cooking your live lobster on the day your receive them.

Q. How do I know if my lobsters are still alive?

A. As long as the lobster is moving either its legs, antennae, or flipping its tail, it is alive. Lobsters should always be alive before cooking. A cooked lobster should have a tail that is curled, indicating that it was alive when cooked.

Q. Why aren't my live lobsters red?

A. Live lobster is greenish/brown. The lobster becomes red during the cooking process.

Q. How long can I store live lobsters before cooking them?

A. Live lobsters can be kept for approximately 12 hours under refrigerated conditions although most will survive for at least 24 hours.

Q. How long can you keep cooked lobster in the refrigerator?

A. A cooked lobster can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Q. What is the difference between a hard-shell lobster and a soft-shell lobster?

A. In the summer lobsters shed their shells so that they can grow. Once the lobsters have shed their old shells, there are new, soft shells underneath. These shells will harden over the course of time and as the water gets colder. Since the lobsters shed their shells in order to have room for growth the following year, there is less meat inside a soft-shell lobster than there is in a hard-shell lobster of the same size (this also accounts for their lower prices). Even though there is less meat in soft-shells than in hard-shells, many people feel that soft shell meat is sweeter and more tender than the hard-shells.

Q. How do you hold a lobster so you aren't pinched?

A. Hold it at the end of the carapace where it joins the tail.

Please note that it is fine to leave the bands on the claws for cooking in order to avoid getting pinched.

Q. How many lobsters does it take to make a pound of lobster meat?

A. Although it varies due to the size and type of lobster, on average, it takes 5 to 6 pounds of lobster to obtain one pound of lobster meat.

Q. Do I need to remove the bands on the claws before cooking?

A. It is fine to leave the bands on the claws for cooking in order to avoid getting pinched. If you prefer to remove the bands, you can hold a lobster by the body where the tail joins the body.

Q. I ordered lobster meat. How long can I store it?

A. Lobster meat can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours before eating.

Q. I ordered lobster tails. How long can I store them?

A. Lobster tails can keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Q. I ordered clams. How long can I store them?

A. You can store your raw clams in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before cooking. For cooking instructions, please click on Recipes.

Q. Is Maine lobster a healthy food?

A. Maine Lobster is a healthy food. It is actually low in cholesterol, low in fat, and low in calories. The National Institute of Health provided the following statistics (1990 statistics, based on 3.5-oz. serving):

Food

Cholesterol

Calories

Saturated Fats

LOBSTER

72mg

98

0.1g

Chicken

85mg

173

1.3g

Turkey

86mg

161

1.2g

Pork Loin

85mg

213

2.6g

Beef (Top Round)

90mg

207

2.0g

Q. What is the privacy policy of New Meadows Lobster?

A. When you place orders or access your account information, we use a secure server. The secure server software (SSL) encrypts all information you input before it is sent to us. All of the customer data we collect is protected against unauthorized access. New Meadows Lobster does not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others.


New Meadows Lobster, 60 Portland Pier, Portland, Maine 04101
800-668-1612, 207-774-6562; Fax: 207-874-2456
lobsters@newmeadowslobster.com


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