Atlantic Lobster: A Taste of the Maritimes in the Heart of Toronto (By: Ashley Paige)

                         

     Seafood Lovers everywhere can agree on one thing, that the Maritime provinces are known for some of the freshest seafood money can buy. The icy cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean provide the worlds best Lobster. Each Lobster is carefully pulled with pride from the trap and measured by hand to ensure consumers are provided with a quality product every time. It’s sweet flavours and delicate textures are unmatched.  Farmshare could not be more proud to deliver such a quality product to your doorstep.

 

     It’s hard to believe that this seafood delicacy was once considered a sign of poverty. In the 1600’s lobster was plentiful, and was said to be a “poor mans meal”, typically only fed to servants, prisoners and farm animals or used as fertilizer and fish bait. In fact, servants at one point in Massachusetts were so disgusted with eating lobster what they took their masters to court, and the judge ruled in their favour, ruling that the servants  were to only eat lobster three times a week. Fast forward to the 1950’s, after the Great Depression, with a feature in Vogue, it quickly became the delicacy we enjoy today.

    What’s great about Lobster is that it’s so versatile. The possibilities are endless when using lobster in a recipe. Whether you keep the meat within the shell and use it as a game changer along side a Snake River Farms Wagyu or remove the meat and use it in pasta, dip or a maritime classic, a lobster roll, you’ll be sure to impress any guest at dinner time.  To get you started we reached out to a hometown friend, a Maritimer  and lobster lover herself, to create a delicious recipe that will have your guests begging for more. It’s important to note that Lobster is a bit of process and takes some planning, so make sure you give yourself enough time. When you receive your Lobster Tails from Farmshare they arrive frozen. Allow tails to thaw 24 hours in advance in your fridge. If you absolutely must thaw the night of, make sure it’s done in a bowl of ice cold water. Using warm water to speed the process will only leave you with a shell that breaks easily, leaving the potential for pieces to end up in your meat and often times results in the meat being tough. A sure way of knowing if your tails are thawed is to bend the tails back and forth, and if they fold easily they are good to go. A trick to prevent your tails from curling while boiling is to stick a long wooden skewer through the meat from one end to the other. Next, in a large pot, bring water to a boil. Heavily salt the water to mimic salty ocean water. Once water has come to boil, place tails in the water and reduce heat to medium, place cover on pot. You want to boil tails for 1 -1 ½ minutes per ounce. When tails are done boiling, remove from pot and place in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.  Remove skewer. When tails have cooled down, take a strong, sharp knife and place on the top of the shell, slice through tail creating two half tails. This easily allows you to pull meat from the shell.

 

Although Lobster takes delicious on it’s own, melting some butter for dipping is never a bad idea. If you’d really like to kick things up a notch, give this recipe a try. You will need:

 

2 tbsp of butter per tail

1 chili per tail, minced

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

Fresh parsley, chopped

1 lemon, to squeeze for juice

1 cast iron griddle

 

Step 1: Once ingredients are prepped as directed, add to bowl and blend well together. You’re basically creating a flavoured butter to spread over sliced tails.

Step 2: generously spread flavoured butter over sliced tails and place in fridge for min 30 minutes, the longer you have to let butter sit on lobster meat the better. Meanwhile, heat cast iron griddle on Grill.

Step 3: Remove lobster tails from fridge and place buttered side down on hot griddle and gently press tails onto griddle. Remember, your tails are already cooked, this is just adding beautiful flavour to your tails. They only need about 2 minutes on your hot griddle.

Step 4: Remove tails and baste lobster meat with access melted butter for full flavour. Squeeze fresh lemon over tails. 

     Not only is Lobster an impressive ingredient to use to elevate any dining experience, it’s also a healthy luxury. With high sources of phosphorus which supports kidney function, a great source of selenium, nutrients, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. It's also been known to protect against thyroid disease, and anemia, just to name a few. Consumers want a fresh, healthy product and Farmshare provides that for you.

     So whether you’ve been wanting to try Lobster but restaurant prices intimidate you, or you’re simply hosting dinner and want to make it memorable, Farmshare has you covered. Have your own Maritime experience with Farmshare today!

Behind the blog :
Ashley Paige is an east coast Canadian with a passion for food, photography and travel. With fifteen years experience in the food and beverage industry shes taking what she’s learned and making it her own. She started her food blog three years ago, creating recipes and sharing Food travels and auditioned for MasterChef  Canada season 5. Ashley has recently started to cooking  in people’s homes. “ it’s a pretty unique experience. You get a customized menu and service in the comfort of your home”. 
For more information on Atlantic Lobster or Recipe inspiration, you can  find Ashley on Instagram , @ashleypa1ge or check out her Blog at www.perfectlypeppered.blog. You can reach her by email at ashleypaigecormier@gmail.com

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