How do you keep your lobster?

mochosla

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Sep 12, 2007
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Hi guys. We’ve been doing good this season so far. I usually roll up the tails and put them in a vacuum sealed bag. They sometimes poke the bags and have to redo it. How do you guys keep your lobsters in the freezer?
 

TheMan90241

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Of course, I never keep more than seven in my possession at any time... But if I were to freeze my catch (whole as the law requires) I would suggest taking a pair of standard pliers and breaking off the tail spines as close to the body as possible. That will prevent punctures in the bag. So I'm told.
 

sdjfish

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The bug is in a hermitically sealed package as is. If you have enough freezer space put them in alive, after 20 min's or so they will be asleep and you can fold them up in a ball. I try to keep mine completely whole, antenna legs and all.
 
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Ggiannig8912

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If I don’t keep them whole, I’ll wrap the tail in paper towel and then wrap in some kind of plastic wrap. 2 tails laying on top of each other site nicely.
 

"all-in"

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Like Ggiannig said put 2 tails back to back or lay the spikes on 2 layer paper towel.
 

NaClAddict

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Jul 18, 2008
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You can also vacuum seal the tails on a cardboard or styrofoam tray. I don’t like clipping the spines, it lets the juice drain out. Mine do fine in a bowl in the chest freezer.
 
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DOGHOUSE26

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Go to Smart & Final or Food For Less and get some 6.5 X 8.5" Styrofoam Trays; fold up 2 paper towels to fit in the tray and set 2 tails spikes down on the paper towels then slide into a 1 gallon bag and vacuum seal. Rarely will the spikes go through the towels and styrofoam to create a leak

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DAS

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Take a Fiji water bottle, cut the top off drop the tail in and cover it with water, will last a couple of years
 
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MattFred1414

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In Florida where you can have a stockpile of lobster to last you through any apocalypse, I wrap them in plastic wrap then vacuum seal them. It’s always worked for me, but I also don’t usually freeze them for more than a week at a time.
 

ja73

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The bug is in a hermitically sealed package as is. If you have enough freezer space put them in alive, after 20 min's or so they will be asleep and you can fold them up in a ball. I try to keep mine completely whole, antenna legs and all.
This is how I keep mine in my freezer locker, works great and they taste just as good a few weeks later. The only difference is I put them in those grocery bags you get form WalMart or Ralphs, they're thick and hold the lobsters well, plus I can write on them so I know what day I caught them.
 

RodRage

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Take one bag fold it in half wrap it around the tail then in another bag pleated side down when vacuum sealing

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bazzturd

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I don't keep them more than 24hrs. By then, I've started crapping my next meal for sure. I would say the winning response goes to RodRage.
 

RodRage

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Found one from last season a couple weeks ago while defrosting my bait freezer and it was still fine.
 

ror_sal

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I’ve always just wrapped them in foil and they last a while.
 

dagonative

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On more idea, ditch the plastic as others have said. I take two paper towels, lay just the top of tail with exposed meat in the towel and fold over tail and then fold it again so it holds tight, I keep tail damp and this keeps paper towel from coming off in freezer. I have used this method for a few years now and tails last 6-12 months no problem.
 
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Robdog1

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To get them home I throw them in a 5 gal bucket. Once I get them home I usually take a heavy duty trash bag and wrap them, then put the individually wrapped ones in Stater Bros bags (their new bags are a lot thicker than the old ones btw). I've kept them for months and forgotten about them, only to have them taste like I'd just caught them, it's pretty hard to screw up storage unless you leave it sitting out in the sun or something.