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5 Points to Consider to buy Good Quality Lobsters

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Seafood lovers around the world agree that lobsters are one of the tastiest items that the sea has to offer. These crustacean decapods are available in various varieties and can be incorporated in different kinds of dishes. However, it is a universal truth that lobsters from Maine are the tastiest in the world. If you are planning to make lobsters at home, then you must first buy the best straight from the fish market. If you don’t have time to go to the fish market, then you can also order the lobster online. But before you order your lobsters, you must keep a few things in mind.

All Lobsters are not the same

Online seafood stores claim that the lobsters they sell are from Maine, when the truth is that most get their lobsters from different areas of New England or even Canada. As lobsters filter water, the quality and temperature of the water will affect the taste of the lobster meat. The best lobsters are found in clear and cold waters. Lobsters from Maine taste the best because of the temperature of the water.

Don’t pay for anything more than you order

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Online prices are not always the same. Have you ever wondered why? Some online seafood stores include the shipping cost in the cost of the lobster and some charge for shipping separately. Some stores don’t charge for shipping at all if you buy good worth a certain amount. This is why you must compare rates online. Usually, the price of the lobster depends on the size of the lobster and you shouldn’t be charged more uselessly. Beware of hidden charges.

Lobster quality and price is varies throughout the year

Lobster prices depend on the lifecycle of the sea creature and the weather. From January through March, lobster prices are extremely high because fishermen don’t get to catch big quantities due to the cold weather. The price of the lobster is much lesser in the months of summer till early fall as the weather is conducive to fishing and huge quantities are caught.

Check out the return policy

When you are ordering live lobsters from Maine online, check out the return policy, of the seafood store because the stores say that they are sending you live lobsters, but the lobsters may die on the way. It does not happen often but there is a possibility. Make sure the return policy states that you will be compensated or will get your money back if the sea creature reaches you dead.

Find out shipment details

Always make sure that the seafood store uses a reputable carrier service. If they use FedEx instead of DHL or UPS, then it’s a good thing because FedEx is much more reliable. As the lobsters are shipped live the logistics company must make sure that they reach you fresh and alive.

Therefore, if you want to purchase fresh, live and good quality lobsters the next time you cook seafood at home, check out getmainelobster.com as their service is excellent.

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Lobster Tails: Made Tastier by Ways of Preparation

For people who enjoy eating seafood, the greatest delight they can choose when they want to sink their teeth into ocean delicacies, is lobsters. Lobsters are extremely delicious and at times are considered to be the kings of the sea. According to connoisseurs of seafood, the meatiest and tastiest portion of a lobster is the tail. Lobster tails are cooked in various ways and are served to people in different styles.

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Maine lobsters, supposedly the tastiest in the world, are bought from the market as whole or only the tails are bought to make delicious dishes. Here are some ways in which lobster tails can be cooked.

Boil Them

This is by far the easiest way of cooking lobster tails. Take salted water, bring it to a boil and drop the tails in it. Lower the heat and cook the tails for five to fifteen minutes. The cooking time depends on the size of the tails. Once the meat is cooked, crack the shells open and enjoy the succulent meat.

Broil Them

If you want to broil your lobster tails, first cut it down the length and lift the meat just a little. This way you have to ‘piggyback’ the meat. Then you can season the lobster as per your taste. First you have to bake the meat for a bit and then, in the end, for a few minutes, set the tails under the broiler. Presentation wise, broiled lobster tails look beautiful.

Pan Sear Them

If you want to pan sear the lobster tails, you have to take them out of the shells without tearing the meat apart. The lobster meat ‘filet’ can then be cooked directly in the skillet in oil or butter.

Grill Them

You can first boil the tails for sometime before you grill them and then cut them in half so that you have a ‘shell side’ and a ‘meat side’. Baste them with butter and lime or your favorite marinade and put them on the grill. However, make sure you don’t overcook the meat.

Fry Them

This is definitely not a healthy option but is definitely tasty. Cut the tail in half and toss it in breadcrumbs or flour. Then deep fry them.

These are the ways in which you can cook the tails. However, if you don’t have time to buy Maine lobster tails, you can order them online. That’s right, all you have to do is log on, select what you want and have the tails delivered fresh or flash-frozen to your door step.

Drunken Chicken in Shaoxing Wine: A Chicken Dish to Devour with Special Ones

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When it comes to non-vegetarian foods, chicken is the first thing that people think of. With all the good tastes and nutrition facts, chicken items are one of the most popular foods throughout the world. Unlike seafood and other non-vegetarian dishes, various kinds of chicken dishes can be prepared quite easily and almost daily. You do not have to wait for weekends and special occasions to devour chicken dishes, because they are easily available and the recipes are also easily accessible.

You must have tried different chicken dishes at your home and restaurants. Have you tasted Drunken Chicken in Shaoxing Wine? If you have not, this is a fabulous chicken dish and addition of shaoxing wine makes it the ultimate.

The Drunken Chicken in Shaoxing Wine is quite popular and easy to find in the Shanghainese restaurants. For tender and firm dish, make sure to put the chicken in ice water after making it. Though the recipe is very easy but one must sheer the chicken in the soup and store for around 6 hours, or overnight, in the fridge. This allows chicken to absorb the essence. Another important thing that you must know is that this dish is served chilled.

Drunken Chicken in Shaoxing Wine

Ingredients

• Chicken wings of medium size, 8
• Wolfberries, 1 tsp (Steep in water for 5 minutes and drain dry)
• Shaoxing wine, 1/3 cup
• Chicken stock, 1 cup
• Sugar, 1/4 tsp
• Fish sauce, 1/4 cup
• Salt, 1/2 tsp
• 2 cups of ice water and some extra ice

Marinade Chicken

• Salt, 1 tsp

For Boiling Chicken

• Spring onions, 2 springs
• Ginger, 3 to 4 slices
• Water, 1.5 litres

Preparation Method

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• At first, thaw (if necessary), wash and then drain dry the wings of chicken. Now, marinade chicken with salt for around 1/2 hour

• Take a pot and mix in chicken stock, fish sauce, sugar, salt and wolfberries. Bring it to a simmer. Blend them properly to ensure that sugar and salt are properly liquefied. Take away from heat and allow it to cool. Mix well the wine

• Crush the slices of spring onions and ginger a little bit and place them along with 1.5 litres of water, in a pot. Bring it to the boil

• Put the wings of chicken one by one into the boiling water. Cover the pot. Keep cooking until the time water comes to boiling point. Lower the heat and continue to boil for almost one minute. Let the chicken wings remain in hot water for around 30 minutes

• Keep the ice and ice water ready. Take away the chicken wings from hot water and place them in the ice water for 10 minutes. They are cool in 10 minutes

• Now, you have drain dry the wings of chicken. Put them in a big bowl or a bottle and ensure that soup cover the wings fully. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and place the bowl in the fridge overnight before serving.

So, the dish Drunken Chicken in Shaoxing Wine is ready. Enjoy the delicious delicacy with your loved ones this winter.