Some Things that you may not know about Lobster Traps

For one thing, if you have never been to a Maine lobster fishing shore, you might not have even known that lobsters were caught in traps. But, you probably did, since it’s pretty common knowledge that commercial fishing is done with traps, nets, etc.

But, did you know that lobster traps have escape routes? “Why?” you might ask. Well, legally, only lobsters of a certain size can be caught and kept, so, the escape hatch allows undersized lobsters to leave and grow to be of legal catching size.

Did you know that lobster traps can weigh from 30 to 40 pounds? Surprisingly enough, they are composed of enough plastic-covered wire to be of pretty substantial size. Of course, they weigh a lot more after having caught the lobster!

But, each trap also features some things that, maybe no one except the specific fisherman knows. Each fisherman has his own preferences and secrets as far as what makes a trap the best. So, it takes years of experience to know how to get the most lobster per drop.

The next time you dig into a delicious lobster dinner, make sure to remember the hard work that went into catching it. Our fishermen are literally the backbone of the industry, and their years of experience make it so that we can continue to offer great fresh lobster on a daily basis!

Using Lobster as an Ingredient


You probably think of lobster first as a main course, as it takes a lot of work and it’s pretty filling. But a lobster’s flavor can lend a lot to other sorts of meals as well. So, try thinking of lobster as an ingredient and you end up with even more ideas of how to use this incredible delicacy.
For example, a really popular lobster dish as of late is lobster macaroni and cheese. This is fairly simple to make and anyone can easily enjoy it. You might also consider a lobster alfredo sauce for other sorts of pasta.
Another idea would be to add lobster to a sandwich. This is a take on the old surf-n-turf tradition, but if you throw lobster and some steak or roast beef in some bread or a hoagie roll, you’ll have a pretty awesome lunch!
Lastly, a lot of people have found lobster sushi rolls to be very appetizing. So, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can try to make some lobster sushi rolls. This will take a lot of skill and practice, but if you get good at it, you might end up making lobster sushi on a regular basis!
If you have any other lobster dinner ideas, let us know!

What Should You Eat with Lobster?

For everyone, the answer to this is different. A lot of people like their Maine lobster completely on its own, without the presence of any other foods in the meal. But, a lot of people like to have something to complement the lobster with a side, or even an equally important entree.

For an appetizer, many people will recommend steamers (or steamed fresh Maine mussels). This helps set up the palate and you won’t get too full before eating your main meal.

Now, if you’re interested in some sides, you have plenty of choices. Many people like veggies, including baked potatoes, corn on the cob or asparagus. Any of these will complement the lobster, and will leave you room to finish the meal!

Of course, you’ve probably heard of “surf and turf,” which involves two parts to the entree: lobster and, usually, steak. If you have the stomach, you can actually make a great meal with an entire lobster and an entire steak, but you can also always try fresh lobster tails alongside a smaller fillet. Either way, that’ll make for one truly kingly dish!

For a beverage, many people prefer white wine or champagne. But, if that seems like too much for you, you can always try a beer (probably a Belgian ale) or a mixed drink. If alcohol isn’t your thing, try an orange soda!

Do you have other ideas? Let us know in the comments!

2 Ways to Cook Mussels

When people think of seafood, they often don’t immediately think of mussels. Lobster, salmon, crab and various other foods, from the exotic to the mundane, typically jump into people’s minds.

But mussels are a very nice addition to any meal, so consider them as a side for your next entree. Here are two ways to prepare them.

Before each technique, remember to remove the byssus, or the brown thread-like stuff betweent he two shells.

Baking
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and place the fresh Maine blue mussels in a pan with some olive oil. As they get hotter, the shells will open and, when they do, remove the top shell entirely. You’ll want to preserve the juices in the pan and, after having plated the mussels, drizzle the juices over them. Sprinkle with seasoning and serve immediately.

Steaming
(This is only one of many techniques for steaming) In a large pan, heat a quarter cup of butter with whatever seasonings you like until the butter is softened. Add a quarter cup of white wine and, once the liquids are hot again, add the mussels. Cook for 5-10 minutes, remove the mussels, open slightly and serve.

You can modify either recipe as you see fit, adding or taking away seasonings to your liking.

On Grilling Lobster

Summer is over… does that mean grilling season is over too?

NO!

Fall is a fantastic time of year to grill. The weather is more bearable to a lot of people and everyone likes grilled lobster.

So, here are some directions on a technique for grilling lobster this autumn:

1 – Parboil the lobster – Get some water boiling and throw the lobster in for about 5 minutes. After removing it, put it on ice immediately in order to prevent further cooking.

2 – Cut the lobster in half – With a knife, cut the lobster in half and put tiny slits in the claws to let air out.

3 – Season the Meat – Baste the meat with butter, lemon juice and whatever spices you like most. You can look to various lobster recipes or even try out your own combination.

4 – Grill the Lobster – Get your grill to medium heat and cook the lobster, meat side down, for about five minutes. Then, flip the lobster over, re-apply your seasonings, butter, etc. and cook shell side down until the meat it nice and white and firm.

Then you have a nice grilled Maine lobster to enjoy! So, step five… dig in!

How Do You Show Your Love for Maine Lobster?

Fresh Maine lobster has a quality that no other food has. People love lobster like they love their cars or their favorite sport team. So, how do you show your taste for this incredible food? The same way you show your love for your favorite sport team!

Cape Porpoise offers some really fun lobster apparel and accessories, including the following:

Lobster Key Ring

This key ring features one of the lobster’s key features: the infamous claw! Not a bad way to carry your keys around!

Lobster Tie

This lobster tie will add a little bit of personality to your suit and, if anyone asks, you can tell them about how great your lobster dinner was!

Lobster Hat

This hat will keep your eyes shades and let everyone one know that you appreciate the best: lobster from Cape Porpoise, Maine!

3 Reasons to get Seafood Chowder for Your Next Party

The summer is almost over, school is starting back up and you’re probably glad that grad parties are over with! But, autumn brings about plenty of parties as well (Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving) and you might even host a party or two throughout the winter.

 

So, consider getting a nice big order of fresh seafood chowder for your next party for these reasons:

 

1 – Seafood is Classy – Let’s be honest, when you get seafood, you feel pampered. Whether it’s lobster, caviar or a nice clam chowder, people consider seafood to be of high standard and quality. So, impress your guests with lobster stew.

 

2 – Chowder is Easy to Serve – Lot’s of foods, even if prepared beforehand, require a lot of work to actually distribute. Chowder is pretty easy to serve to guests. Throw it in a pot, heat it up and add a ladle!

 

3 – Leftovers are Incredible – Some foods don’t really work as leftovers – not so with chowder. If all of your guests don’t finish off your lobster stew supply, you have a side course or a lunch meal for the next day (or more, depending on how much you have left!).

How to Cook Lobster

When it comes to cooking fresh Maine lobster, you have two main options: Boiling & Steaming. Of course, you can grill it as well, but let’s stick with boiling and steaming for instruction today (as you can do these any time of year).

Boiling Lobster

Make sure that you have a pot large enough to hold 3 quarts of water for each lobster that you intend to boil. Ideally, you’ll want to use fresh sea water, in order to preserve the ocean taste in your lobster, but you can also use filtered water and add sea salt until it tastes salty enough. Throw your lobsters in the pot and cook for about 8 minutes per pound.

Steaming Lobster

When steaming live Maine lobster, you only fill the pot up to about a half inch with sea or salty water. You then place a rack or 8-10 inches of rockweed on top of the water, cover and bring it to a boil. Add lobsters to the steaming pot (with tongs to avoid burning) and cover. This process takes a bit longer, about 10 minutes per pound, but it makes for meat that just slips off the lobster!

Enjoy!

Wondering how to eat a lobster? We Can Help!

I think that one of the biggest detractors for people and lobster dinners is the apparent difficulty in eating it. But, it’s really not that difficult, it’s just not what you’re used to. Plus, it’s so worth it!

 

So, how does one eat a fresh Maine lobster?

 

Step 1 – The Lobster Claws

The claws are probably the easiest part to eat, in my opinion. You simply twist them off the arms and crack them like you’d crack a walnut. From that point, you use a lobster pick to get the meat out and enjoy!

 

Step 2 – The Lobster Tail

Most people consider the tail to be the best tasting of all the lobster meat. First, you need to uncurl it and break it away from the body with a twist. You’ll see various things inside the lobster at this point, mainly the meat. But, you’ll also spot the greenish liver and, if it’s a female, red eggs.

Now, you can eat the liver, but I don’t recommend it. A lot of people consider this a delicacy, but livers are a filter for contaminants, so it could actually be dangerous to eat it. The eggs, on the other hand, are entirely safe to eat and many consider them to be a delicacy as well.

But, what you want it the meat! So, break off the tail flippers and get the meat in them (don’t put any precious meat to waste!). Then, push out the tail meat from one end to the other with your thumb. This motion should get all of the meat out pretty easily, but you can use the pick to get out anything stuck inside.

 

Step 3 – The Lobster Legs

Now you just have to get the legs! Break each leg from the body, bite down on each leg to loosen the meat inside, dip in butter (if you like) and suck the meat out like a straw. You could almost consider this last step something like the icing on the cake, you’ve just eaten the delicious tail meat and you still have more left after the main section!

Welcome to Cape Porpoise Lobster Co.’s Blog

Welcome to Cape Porpoise Lobster Company’s blog! You are either here because you love lobster or because you want to love it… or maybe you just stumbled on our site by accident. No matter the case, you will love fresh Maine lobster if you give it a shot!

The American lobster resides in northern Atlantic waters, along the coast of Canada and the United States. This distinct lobster species offers an incredible white meat that no other animal can claim. A true distinction that anyone would note is the American lobster’s two large claws, which no other lobster can really match. Even the beautiful European lobster does not come quite close to the American lobster because they only have one large claw (the other claw is smaller).

Of course, you probably don’t care too much about the differences between lobster species—you want to know how they taste! But, how can one describe a taste? It’s not too easy to do! You really just have to try lobster to see what all the fuss is about!

And that’s what Cape Porpoise Lobster Company is all about—spreading the love of this incredible seafood. So, make sure to try it. We distribute lobsters from a small village in Kennebunkport Maine, from local fishermen. We then process all of the lobsters in our own plant, ensuring that each lobster meets our strict quality standards. This, in turn, ensures that each customer receives the perfect lobsters for the perfect dish! Keep in mind that we also distribute shellfish, crab and salmon fillets!

So, keep checking into our blog for updates on the world of lobster fishing and look through our site to see which products you want for your next dinner!