WHERE DOES YOUR LOBSTER COME FROM?
Ralph talks to lobstermen on the coast of Maine from Kennebunk to Portland early every morning to secure the freshest catch.
IS YOUR LOBSTER SUSTAINABLE?
Yes! We buy and sell only lobsters under 2lbs. Larger lobsters are “breeders” and are essential to sustaining a healthy lobster population for future generations. Maine has some of the strictest lobster fishery regulations, which means that our lobsters are not only delicious, but ecologically sound. THE MAINE LOBSTER FISHERY AND OUR PROVIDERS have been certified as a sustainable fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council!
WHAT IS A LOBSTER “POUND”?
A lobster “pound” is a cordoned-off cove or tank where lobsters are kept until they’re sold. The Red Hook Lobster Pound specializes in fresh-catch lobster as opposed to pounded lobster.
For us to be the “pound” means that the lobster is delivered to us straight from the boats on a regular basis.
The best analogy is to free-range chicken vs. the standard farmed variety. Our lobsters are livelier, having lived in their natural environment up until the their trip to New York. Because it’s so fresh, our lobster simply tastes more lobstery.
HOW DO I PICK UP MY LOBSTER WITHOUT GETTING PINCHED?
To keep your fingers intact, hold the lobster by the carapace That’s the lobster’s “back” – the long smooth shell between the arms and the tail. Steer clear of the tail, too. Getting hit with the underside can be almost as painful as a pinch.
DO LOBSTERS FEEL PAIN?
Nope. Their nervous systems and brains are developmentally on par with those of insects. They have nerves but no ability to perceive stimuli as “pain.” he shrill noise you hear when you boil a lobster is steam escaping from the shell.
WHY IS LOBSTER SO EXPENSIVE?
Lobster is strictly regulated in order to maintain healthy populations. The relatively smaller catches and greater labor costs (compared to other shellfish) drive up prices. That’s a bummer for us but a big deal to the future of the food.
Recent events are driving prices even higher. Changes in buying patterns in foreign markets are forcing Maine processing plants to consolidate. Those that remain can charge a higher price for their product.
Lobster is harvested year-round but to get the most from your dollar, the best time to buy is generally August – November when lobsters are more abundant.
WHAT IS THE RED STUFF INSIDE SOME LOBSTERS? IS IT SAFE TO EAT?
Those are the unfertilized eggs, or roe, of a female lobster. If you find roe in your lobster, lucky you! You just scored lobster caviar.