Is There A Reason Why Lobsters Are Boiled Alive?


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Steven Vakula Profile
Steven Vakula answered
Because like crabs they do not have a shelf life. In order to eat them and ensure fresh and non-contaminated meat it is best to cook them at the time of consumption. Otherwise they need to be frozen immediately as the meat is ripe for bacteria and spoilage.

Ryan Rugraff Profile
Ryan Rugraff answered
Like all shellfish they do spoil quickly. However, not necessary to boil alive. You can like others have said, plunge your knife through their shell between the eyes and give them a quick death. Also, you don't have to boil them you can always clean them first then cook them in other fashions. Many people like the goo inside (I forget the culinary term), I personally don't. The enzymes in both lobsters and shrimp will destroy the flesh if not alive or flash frozen. I never buy shrimp (prawns) with their head on due to this.
Fred Jones Profile
Fred Jones answered
So that they are fresh and do not spoil. Also, once you break the shell, it causes flavor loss from the meat as the water would come in direct contact with the meat.
R Maye Profile
R Maye answered
As everyone has already stated, they need to be prepared fresh. They do not have a shelf life. Someone up above gave the warning that they do scream when they are boiling in a pot of hot water.... That's exactly what it sounds like. Kinda freaky.
julius velicaria Profile
Much better to boiled them alive to avoid poison, boiling a dead lobster will not taste good.
Ronnie Maye Profile
Ronnie Maye answered
They don't have a shelf life. The bad thing is, when you boil wife swears they scream!
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Anonymous commented
While you may hear a squeal from a live lobster dropped into boiling water, it is impossible for them to "scream", as they have no vocal cords. The sound you hear is air escaping from certain cavities in the body. The most humane way to cook a live lobster is to plunge your chef's knife directly between the eyes, down through the shell. Instant death, no squeal.
L Leather Profile
L Leather answered

This is the best answer I've seen in a long time, and tells how to humanely kill them, and yes they make a high pitched sound when thrown in the pot of water. (I used to be married to a lobster fisherman)
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I think a quick kill and cook wont compromise the taste. You eat them dead right? So all that boiling time after they've died doesn't count?
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
There is no reason, it doesnt make the meat taste better, and with freezing there is no reason to worry about spoiling. Cooking them alive is nothing more than barbaric in this day and age.
If you have a freezer let it freeze for an hour or two and then cook it.

To be honest, having tried Lobster its not that good.  Its like eating a large tastless prawn, its the money you dole out that makes you think its a worthy dish.

John Scotland
Works for a seafood company
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Anonymous answered
Why do we boil them? Obviously you have never been bitten by a lobster while trying to eat him! Trust me it ain't like clams! And don't even get me started on crawldads! I'm going to miss aunt Judy  crawldad 1 aunt Judy 0

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