How to Remove a Lobster Shell

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How to Prepare Lobster Claws....5

Tips and tricks for safely removing the shell from a lobster for cooking; learn this and more in this free online instructional cooking video about seafood taught by an expert.

Part of the Video Series: How to Cook Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp
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All right so the first thing we are going to do is take off the rubber bands from these claws on the lobster and obviously these were used as a protective measure when the lobster was alive because they can leave quite a mark on you if they get a hold of you with those pincher's. So we've taken those off and what I am going to do is I am just going to break the legs and the claws off first and get those out of the way. There are a lot of different methods with regards to cracking the lobster shell and this and that. I've used mallets with towels over the top of them and just lightly hit the shell so it will break. I tend to like to use the cracker or the back of the cracker to crack through these as far as that goes. Everyone has their own preference. I like to use whatever makes the less amount of mess and least amount of work as far as that goes. Now you can crack these legs with your legs as you do crab legs but I like to actually cut them with shears simply because when you break them manually with your hands you may have to use excessive force and it may crush some of the meat. As we all know lobster isn't cheap and we want to take care of that meat that we just paid the good money for and take care of it and make it look nice. So I am going to start cutting up this way and I am really just going to make a straight line all the way through. If you notice these scissors work really nice simply because they are real stubby and broad as far as the blades are concerned. You can exert some force with these guys. They tend to work nice for this. So I got a line up the front there and I can start to separate this actually with my finger and give you an idea of what we are looking for. Again when you steam these lobsters whole, I tend to like to chill them down immediately in an ice bath which I've shown you in previous videos and chill the meat down as fast as possible and put them in the refrigerator. That way when you do go to clean them in this fashion, it is just a nice firm chilled piece of lobster meat and they make great additions to salads and things of that nature. We'll go ahead and crack this a little bit. All right, that one was a tiny bit stubborn. We are just going to poke our thumb through the back there and pop that meat out just like that. Again we don't want to use a lot of excessive force because we will end up smashing the meat. There is some leg meat there and we are going to come right back and show you how to get in the claws.

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