Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celebrate Christmas...Lobster Style!

The lobster capital of the world, Rockland, Maine, is celebrating Christmas…lobster style! Come check out Rockland’s annual lobster trap tree!

On display above the harbor, this Christmas tree is made up of 152 lobster traps, an assortment of colorful buoys and lights, all topped off by a red lobster at the top. Standing approximately 35 feet high, this holiday tree was created by the Rockland community to honor the towns rich
lobster history as well as the lobstermen who have become the backbone of the coastal town’s industry.

Do not miss this wonderful display of Christmas cheer and lobster pride! Click here to see the making of the 2010 lobster trap tree.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Lobster Family

We all know why Maine lobster is titled the True American Lobster, but what about their relatives in the south?

Warm water lobsters, also called spiny or rock lobsters, can be found in tropical waters near the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Asia, or even the coast of Florida or Southern California. The
warm water lobster differs from the Maine lobster in that it does not have claws, but instead two large spiny antennae. The only edible meat on a warm water lobster is in its tail, which tends to be about 33% of its body weight!

Warm water lobster is the biggest food export in the Bahamas, and is the world’s source for frozen or canned lobster. Although similar in size and look, the warm water lobster and the Maine lobster are actually from a different class, and with over 40 species in the world this is
easy to believe!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lobster Recipes

Tired of steamed lobster? Spice up your lobster dinner with these famous recipes!

For more delicious lobster meals, click here and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DIY: The Maine Lobster Roll

Looking to bring back sweet memories of summer? Want to recreate a lobster classic? Well here are some quick and easy tips for making the famous Maine lobster roll.

· Although it may be easier to buy from a can, try to use fresh lobster. Lobster from a can is not as firm, and many times is made up of warm water lobsters from the Bahamas or other tropical areas instead of the classic Maine lobster we know and love.
· Plan on using a 1 ¼ lb. to 1 ½ lb. lobster per one roll, depending on whether hard or soft shell. If soft shell lobsters, understand that there will be less meat inside than a hard shell, but many argue that the meat is sweeter than their denser counterpart. For more information on soft and hard shell lobsters check out our Lobster Facts.
· The classic lobster roll is typically put on a hot dog bun, however, a hamburger bun or bread of choice can be used as well. Maine lobster rolls have even been served in wraps!
· Once you have chosen your bun, make sure to toast it until golden brown. This adds to the flavoring of the finished product!
· Lobster rolls can be made two different ways: with butter or with mayo. If making a lobster roll with butter, make sure to heat the lobster meat before pouring it on. The classic lobster roll is made with a light flavoring of mayo mixed in with chilled lobster pieces.
· Make sure to always use fresh ingredients, and keep it simple! Do not overwhelm your lobster roll with a variety of other vegetables and spices; it will take away from the classic
taste. If making a “lobster salad” for your roll, keep the additives to a minimum adding only celery and light herbs.

For more instructions check out the traditional Maine lobster roll recipe given by the Maine Lobster Council and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Already excited for next summer’s lobster season? Start planning for these upcoming lobster events!

The 11th Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll

When: July 21, 2012

Where: Oceanside High School

Join bikers as they trek around Maine’s beautiful coastline. Participate in one of four distances, and don’t forget to grab your fresh lobster roll for lunch!

The 65th Annual Maine Lobster Festival

When: Wednesday, August 1st, 2012-Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Where: Rockland Maine’s Harbor Park

Join thousands of lobster lovers in a celebration of our little red friend! Watch the crowning of the Maine Sea Goddess or the annual Lobster Festival Parade. Shop local arts and crafts while listening to live entertainment. And don’t forget to dig in to the 20,000 pounds of fresh Maine lobster!!

For other lobster related events for the upcoming year, click here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Beauty of Bait

Here is a picture of the bait used to lure lobsters into the Crate to Plate traps. The bait used by Captain Dan can be anything from Herring to Rock Fish or Red fish to Hoagies. Every trap is filled with a bag of bait and then replaced with new bait after it has been hauled.

The tote that you see in this picture holds about 200 lbs. of bait. Captain Dan and his crew go through 6 or 7 totes of bait on each fishing excursion. That’s around 1000 lbs. a day!

Want to join Captain Dan and the Fisher Girl for a sail? Contact Crate to Plate to plan your own fishing adventure!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pick Up a Live Lobster (And Live to Tell the Tale)

Want to pick up your live lobster? Here’s how!

Very quickly place one hand around the sides of the lobster’s middle, right below the claws. With the other hand, push the lobster’s claws from the bottom so that they are straight against its head. Re-adjust your grip so that you are holding both claws and the body. With its claws against its head the lobster can no long move to grip or pinch.

The lobster may start flapping its tail or thrashing after our first touch, just be aware of the claws and make sure to move quickly. Now that you are ready, pick up some Crate to Plate lobsters today!