Besides fish, seafood also contains of high protein. However, seafood also contains of high fat and another kind of nutrients which are not so good for some people’s health. Moreover, there is an allergen in seafood as the reason why some people getting an allergy to seafood. Still, seafood becomes one of the most delicious food. One of them is lobster which has a unique taste and easy to cook. Mostly in restaurant serve at least one menu for lobster especially for dinner time. If you want to cook it by yourself at home, so you can buy the fresh or frozen one. What does make them different? Which should I buy? Here are sort guidance for buying whether fresh or frozen lobster.
How to Buy the Fresh Lobster Anywhere
It is a good choice if you want to buy the fresh lobster. You can even buy it directly when even the lobster still alive. However, you will get a most part for that lobster. You need also find the right fresh lobster. Here are how you have to choose the fresh lobster:
- The color
Basically, you do not need to find the lobster which has red color since mostly it has non-red color before it is cooked. Typically, there is a blue, yellow, and greyish color which are a common color for fresh alive lobster. However, you can choose the lobster which has a shiny surface on the body. If there is black holes or marks on its shells, so it means that the lobster is old.
- The Claw and Tail
You can also indicate the fresh lobster by its claw. For the lobster which has stored longer in the tank, its claw becomes weak and shrink. In contrast, the fresh lobster will put a fight and its claw and tail will be raised up. If you found the lobster has droopy claws ad curled tail and body, so you have to avoid it since it means that the lobster is old or have been stored longer.
- The Size
You can also consider the size of lobster when buying it. You need to choose the meaty one. At least, you have 1 1/3 cups of meat for each 1 ½ lb of lobster. You can measure it from its carapace which is the length between the tail and eye socket. The smaller carapace tends to have more meat.
Although there is no difference in flavor for male and female lobster, there is the different meaty side from both. Typically, the male lobster tends to have big claws while the female lobster tends to have more meat on the tails. Then, the female lobster is soft while the male lobster is stiff and thick.
So, you can check those three categories while buying the lobster. To get the high quality lobster which has a meaty part, you need to concern on where you bought it. Shop, market or even supplier can be the best choice as long as one of them is the recommended one. In that case, you need to find the best shop, market or supplier of lobster.
How to Buy the Right Frozen Lobster
Frozen lobster is also the best recommendation. Nowadays, a fresh one is not always as good. You can get the frozen lobster with the same quality as the fresh one. However, it will be the best quality as long as it had handled in the right way. So, here are the things that must be noted when you need to buy the frozen lobster:
- The packaging
The first thing that should be checked is the packaging. The well-handling frozen lobster is which has well-wrapping lobster. Then, the frozen one also needs to have perfect packaging to avoid some contamination. Make sure that there is no torn part or the discoloration spots on the lobster. As it is so, it means that frozen lobster has no good quality.
- The liquid
Inside of the packaging of frozen food, we usually find the liquid. To check it is still fresh or not, you can check on it. You have to choose the frozen lobster which is fully frozen without any liquid inside of the packaging. You need to avoid the lobster which has a liquid the packaging since it means the old one.
- The expired date
Different from fresh lobster, sometimes you can find the expired date. You need to check carefully whether there is an expired date or not. You have to make sure that the expired date of the frozen lobster is the shorter one.
Fresh Lobster VS Frozen Lobster
Which is better, frozen or fresh lobster? Actually, both of them is the best one as long as the lobster was handling carefully in the right way. You cannot choose the fresh lobster that has been mishandling, so do the frozen lobster. You can find the best quality of frozen or fresh lobster in a different way.