Avoid the lobster trap
In the 1984 movie Splash, Daryl Hannah plays a beautiful mermaid that goes searching for her true love, Tom Hanks, in Manhattan. Hanks doesn’t suspect that Hannah is a mermaid (she has legs on land), even when she bites into a whole lobster shell at a fancy restaurant. Obviously proper shellfish-eating etiquette is different in her world under the sea. So what’s the right way to eat that crusty crustacean for those of us who’ve got permanent land legs? Gottsman’s website offers this advice: First, twist and pull the large front claws off. Then separate the pieces of the front claws at the joints. Use a nutcracker to crack the larger part of the claw and pull the meat out with a lobster fork. Twist the tail and the body in opposite directions, pulling the tail free. Discard the green gunk; that’s tomalley, the lobster’s liver. Break off the tail flippers and insert your thumb or finger into the flipper end to push the meat out of the tail. Or use a knife to cut the under-shell. Remove the large vein-looking digestive track so you can enjoy the lobster tail. And go ahead and use your fingers to dunk that baby in some butter. You’d be surprised to know that some scientists believe lobsters are biologically immortal—of course, that’s if they don’t end up on someone’s dinner table.
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