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Gourmet Foods 101
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"Lobsters are available in a number of colors including red, yellow, blue and orange"

Lobster

The Ultimate Dining Experience

Slip on your bib and heat up the garlic butter! Lobster is a quintessential gourmet entree.

There are three main origins for lobster in America: the coastal U.S., the Caribbean and Australia. If you prefer fresh lobster, you would be limited to American-caught lobster, but some lobster lovers prefer Caribbean or other offshore products, which can often be larger.

Caribbean rock lobster tails can come in 8, 10 or even 12 ounce sizes, while Maine lobster (from colder water) is usually smaller. Lobster caught at sea is always flash frozen, a process that locks in flavor. Because of this, some gourmets feel frozen lobster actually has more taste than fresh lobster.

If you are not sure which kind of lobster to purchase, you might consult your proposed guests as to their preferences. Or you can try both for yourself. Rock lobster tails can be tried at any fine gourmet restaurant or purchased from local specialty shops.

To prepare lobster, cut the shell with kitchen scissors and open it up so the meat is pulled out. Make sure you fully thaw frozen lobster tails before cooking. Lobster is very easy and safe to cook.

You can cook lobster the same as other meats - boiled, grilled (even barbecued) or broiled in the oven. You simply need to make sure it turns color - lobster turns from greyish to lively pink - all the way through to the middle. One rule of thumb: one minute of cooking time per ounce.

You can buy lobster as a gift (even for yourself!) over the Internet quite easily. You may be surprised to know that lobster is shipped in individual gift packs everyday - both live and frozen. Lobster makes a very unique gift idea. Make sure to check each company's website to find out their guarantee.