Lobster Real American Comfort Food

Yes, fresh lobster from New England is a well known delicacy, but did you know lobster is really good for you?  Rich in protein, Vitamin B-12, Phosphorus and Zinc, lobster is also low in fat and calories and has zero carbohydrates. Lobster is also an excellent source of lean protein.   All told, lobster is real American comfort food and an incredibly healthy food.

 

Lobster also contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which according to the American Heart Association, are associated with good heart health.
The experts at the National Institute of Health list lobster as having fewer calories and saturated fats than both chicken and turkey.  Here is a breakdown of a 3.5 ounce serving of each.
                       CHOLESTEROL    CALORIES     FATS
Maine Lobster          72 mg              98              0.1 g
Skinless Chicken        85 mg           173             1.3 g
Skinless Turkey        86 mg           140               0.4 g

 

New England restaurants from Maine to Rhode Island prepare lobsters in any number of elaborate ways.   Baked stuffed, lobster salads, lobster ravioli, lobster chowder and more are among the specialties. However, most New England folks rely on the tried and true ways: Steamed (or boiled), grilled or broiled. 

 


For lobster lovers, a fresh, steamed lobster has the best taste.   Hard shell or new shell, lobster requires careful cook timing for best flavor. Cooking either too long or too short can turn the meat mushy or tough and greatly affect flavor.  Perfectly cooked, the claw and tail meat is tender, sweet and delicious.   If all this make you hungry, remember you don’t have to go to Maine.  Today you can have live, fresh lobster delivered right to your front door anywhere in the country.

 

Here are the nutrients and the percentage of daily requirements found in a 3.5 ounce lobster tail.

 

Lobster
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
410 kJ (98 kcal)
0 g
0 g
0 g
0.59 g
0.107 g
0.091 g
0.16 g
20.5 g
0 mg (0%)
4 mg (267%)
4 mg (27%)
2 mg (40%)
4 mg (308%)
Folate (Vit. B9)
2 μg (1%)
0 mg (0%)
6 mg (1%)
2 mg (16%)
8 mg (2%)
15 mg (2%)
0 mg (0%)
15 mg (150%)
Percentages are relative to US Recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

 

So what does one need to know when enjoying their next Maine? Lobster is is a beneficial source of plaque reducing Omega-3 fatty acids (which are healthy for the heart), extremely low in fat, very high in protein,  The same portion of skinless chicken has 130% more fat while the same portion of lean beef has 500% more fat.

 

And for those who prefer organic food, lobster is at the top of the list. They are harvested in the wild where they feed on a smorgasbord of fresh seafood. The Lobster diet consists of live fish, live crabs, live clams and live mussels. In all, lobster have a very healthy diet which which is why they are a beneficial food for humans.
For cooking information, check out our tips on how to cook live Maine Lobster.

Winter and When Will it End for Lobster Lovers?

 

Off season, winter keeps the lobster boats close to home, and only the biggest lobster suppliers can be prepared to make sure there is plenty of lobster available all winter. The Lobster Trap Company works hard year round to continue to be able to supply ocean fresh lobster to customers.

What does all that snow mean for lobster lovers?
They do this by building natural environment environment salt water lobster pounds that can hold millions of pounds of fresh lobster.  This keeps the lobster strong and healthy until they are ready to make their trip to the folks.
“We filled our Maine and Canadian pounds with enough lobster to keep filling the FEDEX planes thru the rain, sleet and snow of this year’s terrible winter, just to make sure our customers stay full – and get their fill — of their favorite crustaceans!”  Said Dave Madden, Lobster Trap Company vice president of sales.
Lobster Trap operates four lobster pounds located in Machiasport and Steuben Maine, providing access to 4,000,000 pounds of live lobster.   The company also operates storage facilities throughout Canada providing holding capacities in excess of 2,000,000 pounds.  All this means great lobster eating year round, even when the fishing season ends.

So while the snow may be falling, the lobster keeps flying.

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Maine Lobster Fishing Season Starts with Early Shedder Catch

The weeks before Memorial Day mark the traditional start of the lobster fishing season in Maine and Massachusetts as thousands of boats all along the lobster coast begin heading out to sea each day to lay their traps and begin the harvest.

While the fishermen are happy to get going again, those already hauling traps have been surprised, according to reports.  They are catching an unusual amount of early “shedders,”  or new shell lobster.

Maine lobster boat leaves dock

Leaving the Dock in Steuben, ME

Although some Maine Fishermen operate year round, the lobster themselves become more active in the spring making them easier to catch.  Summer and fall are the prime months of the harvest, but all the fishermen start to get to work this time of year.

The experienced boat owners know the lobster traps will not be nearly as full in April and May as they will be in the summer when the water is warmer. For example, in April 2010 the state of Maine reported 2 million pounds of lobster were caught.  In August 2010, more than 20 million pounds were harvested.

But new shell lobster are dominating the catch now in Southern Maine.

According to reports, the number of “shedders” or soft-shell lobster being caught in Southern Maine is way above normal.  Normally the soft-shell lobster doesn’t show up until mid-June or July.  This month the reports show that 60 percent of the southern Maine catch is composed of soft-shell lobster, which is unheard of for this time of year.

Some experts think this year’s unusually warm winter and warm spring may have had an unusual effect on the lobster, causing the shedding season to start early.

Soft-shell lobsters have less meat per pound and don’t ship well because of their delicate exteriors. Lobster men get a lower boat price from wholesalers, who in turn charge stores, restaurants and consumers less for soft-shelled lobsters than for ones with sturdy hard shells.  Opinions vary on which taste better.  Soft-shell lobster meat is not good for some recipes and is too stringy to be cooked on the grill.

Carl Wilson, a marine research scientist and lead lobster biologist with the state Department of Marine Resources, told the Maine Forecaster the early arrival of shedders could just be an early kick-off to the season. But, it could also signify a change in the normal lobster harvest schedule.

During July and August shedders usually account for 80% of the Maine harvest, reports show.  This is because lobster fishermen follow the lobsters as they move from shallow water to deep water.  Soft-shell lobster is plentiful during those months and they are easy to catch because they are ravenous.  The lobster must eat constantly to grow into their new, larger shells.

No one knows what to expect or how this spring’s early shedding of shells will effect the overall lobster season. But for the fishermen out on the water early this season the shedders are coming early making the daily catch much bigger than normal for this time of year.  So for now, the Maine lobster fishing season appears to be off to a good start.

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27 Pound Lobster Released Back Into Wild Off Boothbay Harbor

There is good news for Rocky the lobster.  The 27-pound lobster was released back into the wild off Boothbay Harbor, Maine on February 27, 2012,  just a few days after being captured in a shrimp fishermen’s net.

27 pound lobster

(AP) Maine State Aquarium Director Aimee Hayden-Rodriques holds a 27 pound, nearly 40 inch long, lobster caught by Robert Malone off the coast of Maine near Rockland, Maine on Feb. 17, 2012. The aquarium named the crustacean "Rocky."

The lobster measured more than 40 inches long and was so big he actually jammed up the escape grates in the shrimp nets which are designed to let lobster go free. The lobster was caught by Robert Malone off the coast of Maine, near Rockland, about five miles out to sea.  Surprised by the lobster’s size,  Malone had a Marine Patrol warden take the lobster to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay.   Malone hails from Cushing, Maine,

The aquarium folks thought the crusher claw was probably big enough to really pack a punch so they named the lobster “Rocky.”  According to Elaine Jones, education director for the state’s Department of Marine Resources, Rocky could break a person’s arm.

Maine fishermen aren’t allowed to keep lobsters that are more than five inches from eye stalk to tail.  But even so, Rocky was never in any danger of becoming the guest of honor in a lobster pot – how would you even cook something so large?

Instead Rocky became an instant celebrity.   After posing for news photos and the television cameras, it was decided that Rocky should be retuned to the wild. Even the aquarium was not set up to meet the needs of such a large lobster.  And so he was released.  Everyone expects he will make his way right back out to the deep ocean waters where he will continue to breed.

baby and 27 pound lobster

(Maine State Aquarium Photo on Facebook)

Rocky was not the largest lobster ever caught.  There is a 1977 record of a 44.5 pound lobster caught in Nova Scotia.  Still the 27 pound beast was impressive.

Aquarium officials said that large lobsters like Rocky are considered brood stock.  It is unusual for them to be in shallow waters close to shore.  They favor the deep ocean.  Officials know there is a population of giant lobsters out there on the bottom of the ocean. And they expect that soon Rocky will be back with the others.