How long can you keep a steamed whole lobster?
There's a market I want to stop at where they will steam lobsters for you and I want to take it home. However, it will be a three hour drive home. I expect that, once steamed, the lobster will be fine in its shell until I get home, right? In case I want to eat it later, how long can I keep the lobster, steamed, in its shell (that is, whole, and not taken apart) in the fridge, before I have to worry about its freshness?
I think 3 hours is too long for the lobster to be left unrefrigerated after steaming. I've bought steamed lobsters, driven 1/2 hour and promptly refrigerated them to use the next day to make lobster roll sandwiches. I would bring an insulated bag or cooler and throw in some ice cubes or even pack with snow. I buy steamed lobsters at Market Basket. They use a very tough plastic bag. Pack ice or snow around the bag.
Well that depends rerally on where you live. Refrigeration is usually between 36 and 46 degrees Farenheit. If it's cold out, keep it in your trunk and it will be fine for 3 hrs.
If not, then why chance it anyway? Ask for them to ice it for you, and it will be definately hold in the trunk.