It’s lobster season.
T&T Supermarket has a place within biking distance of home (I can put the food in my backpack and carry it home).
Last week, I bought some canners. Canners are small lobsters — they’re of legal size, but once-upon-a-time, they were considered too small for export to the American markets, and were therefore relegated to being either canned, or sold locally. Last week I biked out and bought a trio, on sale for $4.99 each.
While they were tasty, they were a lot of work. Plus, some areas are just not worth the effort to extract any meat: the body is probably more an expenditure of calories than those gained by gleaning the meat in them. Same for the extra little legs on these decapods (new word!)
Today I went back. T&T was advertising that they had large lobsters for $5.99 a pound. Indeed they did. The large ones at that price were all over 6 lbs, which is probably larger than my stock pot can accommodate.
They did have some nice big lobsters — between two and three pounds — for $7.99 a pound. So I bought one (almost) three-pounder.
Treated it the way a lobster should be treated (and how I treated the canners). Put them in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes, and then put them head-first into boiling water.
For the three-pounder, when the water starts boiling again, 10 minutes for the first pound, and 3 minutes per pound after that. If you don’t overcook them, they’re not tough. Really. And I find there is more of a difference in flavour between the claws and the tail and the body, the larger the beast.
It was delicious. I have to say, comparing the amount of work and the amount of meat and flavour, that there is much more to be had from a larger lobster than a bunch of smaller ones. Each of those cracking or splitting or slicing operations has to happen on a per-lobster basis.
And on the canners, the body doesn’t really yield any meat, nor do the smaller legs. These all have meat on the larger lobsters, and there is a good amount of body meat, once you get past the gills.
Gotta say, given my druthers, I’ll take one three-pounder over three one-pounders! What do you have to say?