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How to eat Lobsters:

For many people, the task of eating shellfish seems rather daunting when in reality, the process isn’t nearly as complicated as it may seem.  In the case of lobsters, it’s actually relatively simple!

After the lobster is fully cooked (it should be a reddish-orange color), the first step is to remove the claws from the torso.  Using a mallet or a cracking tool, break the shell of the claw.  Remove the pieces of the shell, and remove the meat.

The next step is to remove the tail from the torso.  Do this by firmly gripping the torso with one hand and firmly gripping the tail with the other hand.  Slowly twist off the tail as you would turn a doorknob until the tail breaks off of the torso.  It usually comes off in one twist but it may take two.  Now remove the tail fins from the end of the tail.

There are a few methods that you can use to access the meat inside of the tail section.  One method is to use a pair of scissors or shears and cut along bottom of the shell vertically.  Once the shell is cut, it can very easily be removed, exposing the juicy meat of the lobster tail.  Alternatively, you can use a fork and pry the tail meat out from the shell.

The base shell or carapace of the lobster is typically discarded.  

Important note:  Within the base shell of the lobster, you may notice a mushy yellow-green substance, often called the “mustard” of the lobster.  It is HIGHLY suggested that you DO NOT consume this substance.  According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it may contain toxins that can cause paralytic shellfish poisonings (PSP).  Symptoms of shellfish poisoning may include tingling, burning, numbness, drowsiness, incoherent speech, and respiratory paralysis.  However, the lobster meat itself is perfectly safe to eat.