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Keeping Lobsters Alive

CindyJ Jun 16, 2011 08:27 AM

Can I keep lobsters alive for 24 hours? I'd have to buy them live on Saturday, but can't cook them until Sunday. Will they survive? How/where should I store them? Thanks!

  1. JoanN Jun 16, 2011 11:26 AM

    I wrap them loosely in wet newspaper and have kept them alive for 36+ hours.

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    1. re: JoanN
      porker Jun 16, 2011 05:42 PM

      ditto: run newspaper section under cold water until soaked through, put lobsters in a restaurant pan or tray, cover with newspaper and put in coldest part of your fridge. easily last 24 hours. depending on their condition, i've had 'em last from 2 to 5 days like this.

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      Hillbeans Jun 16, 2011 08:40 AM

      Per the recommendation of a wholesaler we purchased lobster from in New England, we put the lobsters in the refrigerator drawers and put wet paper towels on top of them. They kept for two days. I believe he said they keep no more than three days.

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      1. re: Hillbeans
        mcf Jun 16, 2011 05:51 PM

        I read about it after killing some by mistake a few years ago. Since then, I've also had very good luck putting them in a pan or basket on the bottom shelf in the back of the fridge where it's coldest, covered with wet newspaper. Have kept them two days that way.

      2. inaplasticcup Jun 16, 2011 08:35 AM

        I've never had to keep them that long before cooking so I was curious as to the answer. Looks like they'll keep just fine bagged and refrigerated:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/337470

        Good luck!

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