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Homemade Lobster Clambake

Sep 15, 2008
The origin of the clambake started in Plymouth, Massachusetts where settlers witness the Native Americans cooking seafood over seaweeds and hot stones. The method of cooking is now called the popular New England clambake which is not only a tradition in the specific area but has also become popular all over the country. Thanks to the Internet, you can now order Maine live lobster for your Lobster clambake anytime, anywhere.

Live Lobsters can come in many sizes. The smallest lobsters are called chickens, and weigh between 1 and 1.25 pounds. This type of lobsters are perfect for people with small appetites or to be served alongside another main course. For the average appetite, you will want to select 1.25-pound "Quarter" or 1.50-pound "Half" lobsters. These lobsters are larger than the chick and will provide a hearty meal.

There are also different types of shellfish and clams. But you don't have to worry as any type of shellfish will go well with lobster bisque. But if you want your clambake to be truly authentic, you might want to go with New England steamer clams. These types have soft shells and larger sizes. For every person, about 1 pound of clam is recommended.

New England clambakes are most often served with corn on the cob and red bliss potatoes. They add to the delicious distinct flavor and presentation of the clambake. Both can be steamed, boiled or grilled in a similar fashion to the lobsters and steamers.

Clambakes used to be prepared by Native Americans in a large fire of hot stones in a pit dug along the coast. But since this method may seem to be quite complicated, you can just opt for the simpler and much better one - cooking with the use of pots or ovens. Steaming is considered the recommended way to cook lobsters, so all you need is a large pot with a steamer basket and some salt.

Fill the large pot with approximately 1 and inches of water and then add 1 tablespoon of salt for every quart of water. Bring the water to a boil and then place the lobsters and the steamer basket inside the pot.

One-pounder lobsters should be cooked for approximately 12 minutes. A pound and a half lobsters should be cooked for around 15 minutes. Check the pot periodically to ensure that all the water has not boiled off and add more water while the lobsters are cooking if needed. Remove the lobsters and pull off one of their small legs. Break open the leg and test the meat to ensure that it is already cooked.

For a more wonderful and tastier feast, you can opt to add mussels, shrimp, and clam chowder to your clambake. Add fresh vegetables for a more healthy presentation. Your homemade lobster clambake is now ready to be enjoyed by you and your loved ones.
About the Author
If you don't live on the Cape - you can always go to the grocery store and purchase some lobster clambake. If you want to guarantee the ultimate in freshness, order from an online website such as Quality Fresh Seafood.
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