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Video: How to Kill a Lobster

Sarah Breckenridge; videography and editing by Gary Junken and Mike Dobsevage.
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Whether you’re steaming lobsters for a Maine-style clambake, a classic New England Lobster Roll, or throwing them on the grill, it’s most humane to kill the lobster before you cook it. Learn the simplest way to kill a lobster quickly with test kitchen contributor Nicki Sizemore.

And though there’s plenty of debate lately about how to humanely kill a lobster, it’s nice to know that the author of The Secret Life of Lobsters, Trevor Corson, agrees with what we demonstrate here.

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  • user-3864561 | 09/19/2014

    WOW! We have traveled all along the coast since I was a kid and I have cooked more lobsters, crawfish, etc almost all my life.
    I absolutely shake my head when I read some of the comments. Unbelievable how people freak out over an ocean bug and worrying about their feelings?!?!? WOW!!!! LMAO!!!!!
    Well while everyone tries to convince each other that they are treating the lobsters humanely - I will be boiling, grilling and smoking them ALIVE!!!! I do NOT think they feel pain and this is the same mumbo jumbo that people used to say about "HEARING THE LOBSTERS SCREAM". Oh yeah - they do NOT have vocal chords!!!
    People are primal. We are the top of the food chain and I enjoy every bit of that. Do whatever you need to do to feel better about this......I will be throwing my lobsters on the grill 100% alive and enjoy every minute of eating them.

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    chatrooms | 02/01/2014

    Great guide, made fresh lobster for the first time in my life!

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