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Two Jews argue about trayf

Lolita and I are debating about what is the tastiest and best size for a lobster. A one pound lobster? A one-and-a-half pound lobster? Or what do you think/ Please respond and give us your opinion.


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Dec. 12th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
My mom, the queen of the lobster-eating Jews, swears by the 1.25 pounder. That's because she's difficult :)
Dec. 12th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
my mom and I both (the kinda jewish lobster loving people) like either a one and a quarter pound or a one and a half. The larger ones are supposedly tougher, and the smaller ones don't have enough meat. But depending on whether we're sharing or getting our own (and on how hungry we are) we usually get a 1.25 or a 1.5 pounder.
Dec. 12th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
Your measuring the wrong quantity. It's not the size of the lobster... its how you use (prepare) it. There are a lot more things you can do than just boil and steam them...

If you had to narrow down a taste/# ratio, at least use butter. A lobster with 1 lbs of butter would be my vote.
Dec. 12th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
The bigger the better.

- Paige, size queen (lobster-wise)
Dec. 12th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
1.25 pound lobster broiled and stuffed with crabmeat! That is the best ....just my $0.02 worth
Dec. 12th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
When i was working at Ritz Carleton in Philly, they saved the 1.25 for the better rooms unless they were out of the others.

Prep is also a huge part of what makes lobster good. (Hey, now ... i used to eat it!) My favourite was lobster tails in a black bean sauce.
Dec. 12th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
Lobster purists regard the the tastier lobsters as falling between 1lb and 1-1/2 lbs. Maine lobsters are usually this size, being 1.25 lbs on average -- so perhaps the previously mentioned Jewish mother is not being too fussy at all.

Of course, my Maine friends will argue that where the lobster comes from is important too :)

the best lobster for me is one I can afford to eat, dammit.

ps: i know how to tell the sex as well. We ate a lot of shellfish in my family!

Dec. 12th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)

How DO you tell the sex of a lobster?

Dec. 12th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
You turn 'em over and take a peek down under, how else?:)

If you turn over a lobster, you'll see two sets of "legs" or appendages: the first, longer set are the actual legs, the second, smaller set underneath the abdomen/tail section are called swimmerets. In females, the top-most appendages will be somewhat feathery to accommodate eggs. In the male they tend to be, well, hard.

An interesting bit of trivia: female lobsters court their potential mates by urinating on them.....

Dec. 12th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
Jews are allowed to eat lobster?!?

and btw, expect a real reply from that other post soon- it's been to hectic to respond in an appropriate manner.
Dec. 12th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
Pound and a quarter to pound and a half.
(Yet another Jew chiming in)
Dec. 12th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
When Genine & I have lobster, what we always end up doing is getting 3 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lobsters. We tried larger ones once and it is hard to cook them just right, and not the easiest to de-shell.

This way we cook 2, and when about done, throw the third in the water which we keep hot and then split it.
Dec. 12th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
Size doesn't matter. It's freshness that counts.

And I will share my tips on picking the freshest lobster in the tank if you like :)
Dec. 12th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't know, severely allergic, anyone who kisses me isn't allowed to eat them either (this is narrowed down to one person right now, but she has several that she kisses in "that way", and she needs to make sure she cleans before kissing me afgter kissing them...)

It was good to see both of you this weekend, even though the circumstances weren't the "best of"
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
You should buy the lobsters here:
Dec. 12th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
smaller ones always taste better and are more tender
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