The one thing you should wrap your lips around

 

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In today’s “Friday Faves,” I’m spilling the beans on one of my very FAVORITE DAYS OF SUMMER!

But first, let’s back up. You know that we have lived in New England for a number of years (Connecticut for 4 years and Massachusetts for 1 year). And Joel spent the first 18 years of his life in Maine.

Between the two of us, we have spent a considerable amount of time in New England. Frankly, I don’t like winter, so it’s a surprise I’ve lasted this long, hah! Over the years, we’ve done a lot of New England-ey things, like hiking, camping, sitting next to various bodies of water, and #alltheDunkins… but this summer we did something totally NEW to us…

We hosted a lobster bake!

(Forgive me for the click-baity title – I really do feel that strongly about lobster.) :)

Being that lobster bakes are usually a summer thing, I debated whether I should post this at all, given that we are now into Fall. But I decided to go ahead with it anyway. After all, this is a day for sharing favorites, and this is TRULY at the top of the list!

When we first started planning the lobster bake, I did a ton of research on the history and the how-to. I had only ever had a “whole lobster” once before in my life, and didn’t know what I was doing :) …still tasted great though.

While reading up on it, I came across this post from the Reluctant Gourmet which presented all the information in a digestible and non-intimidating way. This really helped me to wrap my mind around the task at hand.

I ordered special forks and crackers from Amazon which are designed for seafood. The crackers were handy for breaking into those tough lobster shells. They can also be used for other types of seafood (crab) and, I’m told they can also be used as nut-crackers. As for the little forks, I barely used mine at all. It was a bit fiddly. I saw a few of my friends using their tiny forks expertly though.

I also bought these awesome disposable lobster bibs which were useful for keeping the “juice” off our clothes. They had the added bonus of looking awesome in photos, too! The bibs are probably not a necessity, but added to the theme, since they had big red lobsters printed on them. You could get away with cloth napkins or paper towels tucked into your shirt-neck. Just be careful, lobster can be quite messy! I was definitely glad we had the bibs.

Except for one thing… a design flaw on the bibs is that they would flap around anytime the wind kicked up. We were on the patio, so there was no escaping the wind. If you were indoors this wouldn’t be an issue. For us, it wasn’t a particularly windy day, so this wasn’t a huge issue per se, just a minor annoyance. Maybe the next time I’m bib-shopping, I will look for bibs that tie around the waist, apron-style. :)

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Another thing we bought from Home Depot was an enormous pot so that we could steam the lobsters. Now that we have this gigantic pot, we are thinking up other things to do with it… like maybe, possibly, frying a turkey at some point lol :)

The actual steaming process was pretty simple. You put the lobsters in the pot when they are still alive (this was weird to our friends who had never seen the process before), and steam them. When the shells turn bright red, they are done! Easy. Some of the websites I read beforehand had fancier and more technical ways of assessing “done-ness,”  but it worked pretty well to go by shell color.

I tell you what. The lobster was a mega hit.

Other things on the table included kielbasa sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, watermelon cornbread/muffins, key-lime pie, and plenty of beer and wine. It was a delicious spread.

Like many get-togethers with our friends, this was potluck style. Everyone’s contributions were spectacular.

My favorite part of the lobster is the claw — not only is it the easiest part to get out of the shell, it is also the tastiest! My least favorite parts were the legs… they require the most work for the least amount of meat — there’s not much in those little legs, is there?

Leftover lobsters were de-shelled and set in the fridge for next-day lobster rolls. For the lobster rolls, we added some salt and fresh lemon juice, mixed it up with the lobster meat, and put it all into a toasted roll with fresh lettuce. Perfection!!! Some recipes also call for mayonnaise, but we didn’t have any. Still tasted amazing.

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Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Lobster is messy – put newspaper down on the table to allow for easier cleanup.
  2. Do everything in your power to avoid spilling “lobster juice” ANYWHERE in your house or fridge. It WILL smell like death. And scrubbing every inch of the entire fridge top to bottom is annoying.
  3. Lobster is expensive. Look for deals at stores near you. We hunted around and found that one of our local markets had a sale for $6/lb for the first 10 lbs (then $10/lb after that). We got lobsters that were 1.25 lb each. Bigger ones are more expensive.
  4. Again, lobster is expensive. If your guests are willing to chip in, that can really help. If they don’t offer and you’d rather not ask, maybe consider doing it potluck style where everyone contributes a dish.
  5. Have an alternate option on hand for anyone who doesn’t eat lobster, or is allergic to seafood. We had grilled kielbasa sausage. Yum!

Turns out, hosting a lobster bake was not as difficult as it seemed at first! Plus, not only was the lobster ridiculously delicious, the entire day was also even more fun and special since it was our very first time hosting a lobster bake.

And that is why one of my favorite days of summer is LOBSTER BAKE DAY! We had an absolute b.l.a.s.t. and are already excited to do it again next year!

Have you ever been to a lobster bake? What is your favorite memory from the summer? 

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122 thoughts on “The one thing you should wrap your lips around

  1. I’ve never been to a lobster bake but I don’t like seafood so it’s not too surprising lol. If I was invited I would totally go to one and make it BYOD (bring your own dinner). You have some awesome friends if they covered their lobster(s), made it much cheaper since that would’ve been so expensive. Seems like you had a great night that night :)

      1. I’m so glad to hear that! Now you’re making me want to have a big dinner party like that but I don’t think our one bedroom apartment would be the best place haha.

  2. For me….there is no place like home. It’s is an annual tradition when I come home. Great job describing it as it should be. As for lobster selection, I will only eat it if is plucked out of New England waters. I’m sure your husband can relate to that. So even here in Arizona we do “take out” usually for Christmas Eve. Takes a day to get here😊 Have a nice weekend. Enjoy autumn this weekend.

  3. omg these look delicious! I love lobster, oh and your arms look ripped as well. Lookin good girl!
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    1. Those amazing arms belong to my sister-in-law! I’ll relay your lovely compliment to her :) Thanks for stopping by!

    1. thank you! i’m glad you liked it :) i haven’t had crab in a long time, but your comment makes me want some! :)

  4. Oh My gosh! That looks like heaven! Growing up in Maryland I miss the crab feasts we had there, but this looks even more decadent! Love!

  5. hahahah i love the title! we are crab fans in my family, and i watch for sales at the local grocery. i know that probably means that we need to eat them right away, but we totally do. our impromptu crab tests are always fun.

  6. OMG, that is huge. Instantly want a lobster. We used to catch ones in Russia when we were kids. But now the river seem to be polluted, so they died out.

    1. I’m Sure those are lovely memories of catching lobsters. But very sad that the river got polluted and they died out. I hope you get to enjoy something delicious this weekend! ☺

    1. Lol aw thanks, I’m so glad you like it. Yes it’s quite a lot of expense and labor for a little bit of meat lol 😀

  7. This was an interesting post. While we have lobster as an option when we cater outdoors, it is one of quite a few types of food we cook. I haven’t heard about dedicating a full/exclusive lobster bake event before or for guests to contribute. Not being a great cook though, I always accept when I get volunteers keen to help cook it all. Always heaps of left-overs and the advantage is the ability to graze afterward during the rest of the weekend.

    1. That is super impressive! I read somewhere that a hole is the authentic way to do a bake. Kudos to you for doing it in the snow! 😀

  8. Any get togethers involving food can get pricey much less a lobster themed one! It’s DEFINITELY nice when you don’t have to foot the entire bill.

  9. Native New-Englander, here. I grew up in southwestern Connecticut, near the sound. I miss a good lobster bake and clam bake!

  10. Ahhh…I’m so jealous! I would love to have access to fresh lobster like that and host a backyard lobster bake too.

  11. Lobster is def. messy but that doesn’t stop it from being the number one request in our house. ;) You’ve got great photos here too!

    1. I love having people over too! 😄 i hope you have an amazing lobster bake!! I’d love to hear all about it 😁

  12. I love seafood! I wish more of my friends loved it because I would definitely do this. Looks like such a fun party and the lobster looks good.

  13. Don’t let the date on the calendar stop you from enjoying seafood. I say seafood all year long. I’ve had a crawfish boil, but never a lobster bake. This looks delicious, I will definitely give it a try.

  14. I have never been to a lobster bake before but than I don’t like the texture of lobster in my mouth either. My favorite memory of summer is when I brought my new puppy home and brought her to the family gathering. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  15. Sounds like such a fun summer memory and delicious to boot. I can only imagine how fun it would be to spill lobster as we once had our crab legs leak in the car. The only remedy was buying a new car (just kidding- sorta). Thanks for sharing your tips, will have to keep this in mind for next summer!!

    1. haha!! I TOTALLY believe it about your car! That smell of death is so real! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday! :)

  16. I did eat lobsters only in restaurants and it was not cheap. I can think how it’s just tasty on the grill! Even if you are preparing it in your yard and iams a great company, I believe it is a mega hit.

    1. Hi Jelena! We steamed our lobsters in a big pot – and you are right, it was a pretty tasty mega hit! :) I hope your weekend is wrapping up nicely!

  17. I love lobster but couldn’t steam live lobsters. The bibs are so cute – a definite must-have for a lobster bake!

  18. We’ve never had a lobster bake but it sounds like something fun for us to plan for next summer! Love the bibs, such a cute detail!

    1. It was an awesome way to speed the day with friends! We are already excited about doing it again next summer! 😀

    1. Hi Meagan! Just thinking about it makes me want lobster + butter sauce too! :) Thanks for stopping by! i LOVE the look of that crockpot chicken recipe on your blog! :)

    1. Hi Angela! It really was a blast hanging out with friends and eating delicious foods! Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is starting off nicely! :)

    1. I think you will love how simple it is to make at home! I hope you’ll get to give it a shot sometime soon! Thanks for stopping by, I hope your day is amazing!

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