So as you know, one of the positives of surviving the last few weeks at our house was traveling to Maine for work and partaking in some fresh Maine lobster. Although I've never written out my "bucket list", I would definitely say this was on my bucket list. The only thing that would have made it better is if my family could have traveled with me, but such is the life of a mom that works full-time away from the home.
Although it isn't quite the same as visiting the beautiful Atlantic coast of Maine, I was able to bring a little bit of Maine home to my family. Thanks to this nice box, the foam cooler with frozen gel packs and salt-water dampened newspaper, and the amazing staff at Port Lobster, I checked this box full of 5 LIVE hard shell Maine lobsters as part of my checked baggage to bring home to my family to enjoy. Thank you Delta Airlines for safely getting my lobsters from Portland, ME to Indianapolis, IN.
I didn't get home until after 9pm on Saturday night so we decided we would have the lobster for lunch on Sunday with my in-laws. We did open the cooler when I arrived home to make sure the lobsters were still alive.
I wish I had a picture of Bubby's face when we opened the cooler as they were most definitely alive and moving around. As a fan of Discovery's Deadliest Catch, he was pretty pumped to have a cooler full of live crustaceans in his house.
We put the lid back on the cooler and put them in the refrigerator for the night.
The next morning we were really struggling with what pot to use to prepare our after church dinner... we decided on the turkey fryer pot and used the fryer to boil the water. (This was a great choice as I believe it really helped keep the "fishy" smell out of our house.)
After filling the pot with water and some salt, we brought it to a boil. We then added the lobsters and boiled them for approximately 20 minutes. I did learn in Maine that you can't set a timer and walk away. Boiling them for a certain amount of time based on weight is helpful, but you really have to watch for them to turn the bright red color and then take them out of the water.
All that was left was melting butter for all to dip the yummy lobster and we were ready to eat.
This is quite possibly the easiest main course we have ever prepared at this pig pen, but it might also be the most expensive, but it was all about the experience. I'm glad that Big Sissy and Bubby have already been able to try lobster and The Farmer and his parents were more than happy with their fresh Maine lobster.