What to Know About Mail Order Lobster
Just about everybody loves lobster, but not everyone is lucky enough to live next to the Atlantic Ocean here in New England — home of the tastiest lobsters in the world. Fortunately, we live in a country where we can just pick up a phone or grab a laptop and effortlessly arrange for a prompt, fresh shipment of mail order lobster.
That’s right. You don’t need to board a fishing boat before dawn and cruise out to sea to haul traps (though come to think of it, that’s sounds kind of fun) in order to get a taste of fresh New England lobster, or to share the experience with family and friends. In fact, arranging for live mail order lobster is easier than ever.
How Much Lobster to Order
A 1- to 2-pound lobster is usually sufficient to feed one person. However, the desire to have “seconds” can be even more compelling when the meal is fresh Maine lobster, so you may want to err on the side of getting a few extras.
When to Order Live Lobster
Not surprisingly, the Christmas holiday season is one of the most popular times of year for mail order lobster (birthdays and Mother’s Day are among many other popular lobster shipping occasions). Place your order at least two days in advance (before noon EST). Also be sure to check on any restrictions involving delivery availability close to holidays.
Your live lobsters are hearty creatures. Once plucked from the sea they are able to safely travel great distances with minimal jet lag, packed in an insulated container with gel packs to keep them cool, however, they should always be cooked on the day they arrive. You should also make sure that the recipient of the lobsters is aware of the delivery date so they can take the parcel inside in a timely manner. In addition to live crustaceans, Weathervane also offers fresh cooked Maine lobster tails and freshly shucked lobster meat.
Lobster Cooking (and Eating) Tips
Steaming or boiling your live lobsters is the most popular way to go. Here’s a quick “how to” guide to cooking fresh Maine lobster at home from the folks at Weathervane Seafood Restaurants. Don’t forget, lobsters are not only delicious, they are also incredibly nutritious. Maine lobster meat is a healthy lean protein (28 grams per one cup serving) that is also high in vitamins and omega-3s; low in fat, carbs and calories — a one-pound lobster served with steamed broccoli has only 190 calories! Of course, they are also a lot of fun to eat — often served with lobster crackers to break open the claws and a bib to minimize the mess. In fact, putting on your bib is Step 1 in Weathervane’s 6-Step guide to “How to Eat a Fresh Maine Lobster.”
Gone are the days when lobster was so abundant that it would wash up in piles on coastal New England beaches. Before Maine lobster attained its current status as an international culinary delicacy, it was considered a low-budget food, one commonly served to livestock and prison inmates.
Lobster lore has long been a favorite topic at Weathervane Seafood Restaurants, a family business founded in Kittery, Maine, by Ray and Bea Gagner back in 1969. Since then Weathervane has been serving lobster to guests in their restaurants and shipping it to hungry lobster lovers across the country, always packaging each shipment with great care because they know it is such a fresh delicious treat.
To give the gift of lobster to a friend or loved one (OK, treating yourself is also allowed), just stop by Weathervane’s handy online marketplace. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a sumptuous seafood feast for the whole clan, it has never been easier to get mail order lobster delivery from Weathervane.