Im not into lobster that much... most people around here love 'em. Ive eaten a few in my life time but my grandmother is the true pro at breaking and eating them. I found this website (see below) with colour drawings that shows the best way to go about eating it. The site shows pretty much how my granny does it so I recon its about the best way.
In the opinion of me and of most of my local relatives, the best lobster is a about a 1.5 - 2 pound female. The only lobsters I've ever eaten is hard shell. Soft shell apparently tends to have softer meat with less texture and weaker flavour. I wouldnt know for sure because I have never eaten one but my my east coast
relatives only eat hard shells.
. If you are ever going to eat lobster it must be fresh. If you cant get them fresh as in alive, get them in the afternoon just after they come off the boats. NONE of this sorry canned excuse for lobster! If you are worried about humainly killing them... dont be. Buy them fresh if at all possible as in still alive. Boil the water
and drop them in! Cooking
time varies from lobster to lobster and there is no really set time. Im not sure about bigger lobsters but for the best eating size mentioned above this is how you cook it. Bring well salted water
to a good hard boil. Drop the lobster in and let it cook for 15 mins. When the time is up you can take it out of the pot and let is sit a minute or just leave it there till eating time. If you cook for 15 mins you will never have to worry about undercooking it. My great grandmother cooks them this way and every generation since. None of us have ever gotten sick. Your chart for cooking times looks pretty good. Better to be on the safe side. I knew a guy that worked on the Confederation Bridge when it was being built. Almost every Saturday his whole work crew would eat fresh lobsters. To kill them they just fired up the grill
and tossed the lobsters in while still alive. I never had a grilled lobster before but I would imagine it would taste pretty good. Lobsters decompose very rapidly so the sooner they are cooked after death the better they are. The instructions for breakin apart are as good as you can get. As far as the tomally inside, my granmother loves it where as I cant stand the stuff. Its down to a matter of personal taste but because of pollution it really isnt a good idea to eat it anymore. Besides that, lobsters eat decomposing flesh
and since the tomally is its digestive system... nasty thoughts.
Using a nut cracker is the best way to open the skeleton. You can buy little hooks for digging the flesh out but whats the fun in that! Other than that just dig in and enjoy!
Just a foot note here. I you ever happen to sail to PEI, make sure you sail to Summerside at least once. From the harbour enterance you can see the huge bridge outlined against the sky. In the right lighting
conditions it is an amazing sight! Even on a normal day its very impressive. You can sail under it as well and from underneath... ITS HUGE! A good breeze blows across the water most days in summer and it makes for some nice easy sailing. Just something a sailor might want to see