Loving Lobsters

Lobsters

I can't recall a better or more important time to buy and eat lobsters than now. I just bought some at a local supermarket and cooked them this past Friday to celebrate a son's birthday. They were fresh and lively. All good sized, they sold for $7.99/lb between 1.0 and 1.5 lbs and $8.99/lb between 1.5 and 2lbs. While they are still not exactly cheap, I can't recall the last time they were this affordable. Of course, prices vary depending on one's location. They have been as cheap as $3.99/lb off fishermen's trucks in Maine to greater than $14/lb in other parts of the country.

Not only are the lobsters at their delicious best at this time of year, one can feel better eating them knowing that they are helping to support an industry in trouble. With supplies high and demand low, lobster fishermen are struggling to make ends meet. Unfortunately, the economic troubles that have effected the maine lobster industry have also effected a good many other people creating a classic negative feedback loop. It is all the more important that those who can afford it, make the effort to support this wonderful, hard-working industry. A good conscience never tasted so good.


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3 Responses to Loving Lobsters

  1. diego says:

    Congrats on the new blog doc! I’ve been following your posts and write ups on Egullet for years now and am eagerly awaiting to read about your experiences on a regular basis. I will be cooking lobster this year for Christmas.

  2. John Sconzo says:

    Thanks, Diego. Enjoy!
    I always thought lobsters make a great Christmas dish. Aside from the obvious deliciousness and special nature, a red lobster served on a green plate or on top of green seaweed makes for a nice visual representation of the traditional Christmas colors.In my family we tended to have lobster on Christmas Eve. This year I’ll be spending Christmas Eve with my wife’s family. They follow different traditions than mine.

  3. John Sconzo says:

    This eGullet topic is a good source for following the plight of the lobstermen as well as the prices of lobsters at various locations: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=119538&hl=

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