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Frozen Lobster Meat

Processing frozen lobster products utilizes the latest technological advances in blast freezing that ensures the highest quality and flavor of frozen whole lobsters and lobster meat. In order to maintain this high quality, it is important to handle the frozen product with the utmost care and respect.

Proper receiving, storage and thawing are as essential to a good final result, as the preparation in the kitchen. Ensure the processed lobster meat is fully frozen when purchasing or at the time of receiving a shipment. Temperatures warmer than -18°C (0°F) may cause product damage. Under ideal frozen temperatures of -26 to -30°C (-15 to -20°F) or below, frozen lobster can be stored with no quality loss for up to nine months. Store frozen seafood away from freezer walls and keep off the floor for good air circulation.

For best results the unopened can or pouch of frozen lobster meat should be immersed in cold water and placed in the refrigerator. Thawing times vary according to the package size but approximately two hours per pound should be allowed. Thaw whole frozen lobster in brine in the same manner allowing three to five hours per package for thawing. Frozen whole lobster should be separated and placed on a tray in the refrigerator.

Do not thaw frozen lobster meat in warm water or at room temperature. This causes quality loss and drip loss. If you wish to thaw small packs in a hurry, they can be set under cold running water. Always remember that frozen lobster products are not shelf stable unless frozen. The lobster meat is best consumed within 24 to 36 hours of thawing.

Once thawed, open the package or can and thoroughly drain the lobster meat. Pre-cooked meat is ready to eat, requiring only a short cooking time if it is to be served hot. Check out Tasty Recipes for some great ideas on how to prepare some delicious lobster dishes. Many of the recipes can substitute fresh frozen lobster meat in place of live lobsters. Have fun and experiment!

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