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Consider the Lobster

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mordecai, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. mordecai

    mordecai Immoderator

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    I was curious about people's thoughts on boiling lobsters. I've heard many arguments about why it is not as inhumane as boiling, say, a rabbit alive, but I still have moral hangups that prevent me from doing it or from really eating lobster, though I love it. This article by the late David Foster Wallace is long but sums up some of my concerns well. http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000...er_the_lobster Some quotes, though I could quote most of the article as relevant to my feelings on the matter:
    So is your cooking and eating of lobster defensible, convenient, or not a concern at all?
     


  2. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    after boiling hundreds of them, doesnt concern me in the slightest
     


  3. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    Defensible. I mean I step on cockroaches because I fear they may...continue moving in my house. At least the lobster will have served a purpose. Also, lobsters are essentially the sea's cockroaches
     


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    sonick Senior member

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    I like when the air escapes out of their shell... Makes it sound like they are screaming.
     


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    foodguy Senior member

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    i don't cook much lobster, but i do cook a lot of dungeness crab. you ever been bitten by one of those things? it's kill or be killed my son.
     


  6. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I do it, but killing them with a knife results in better lobster. It's just sort of gross.
     


  7. mordecai

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    i don't cook much lobster, but i do cook a lot of dungeness crab. you ever been bitten by one of those things? it's kill or be killed my son.
    Perhaps it is best to stay out of the Dungen?
    I do it, but killing them with a knife results in better lobster. It's just sort of gross.
    Matt claims the opposite. I don't really have a problem with this method.
     


  8. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    just how much suffering are you willing to take???
     


  9. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    lobster is ppl too
     


  10. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I think the author would have a point if we were boiling Aztecs.
     


  11. mordecai

    mordecai Immoderator

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    None of you chuckle-heads have read the article. You should, he's a great writer. I also think that being sent to cover a lobster festival and then turning in a short dissertation on the morality of cooking lobster is great.
    I think the author would have a point if we were boiling Aztecs.
    Have you done sous-vide on a living lobster yet? That's gotta suck.
     


  12. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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  13. mordecai

    mordecai Immoderator

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    I am hoping to make it my breakdown thread. Thank you for your contribution.
     


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    i'm with manton on this one ... when i do cook lobster, i usually do the old chef's knife right behind the eyes thing. tried it side-by-side once (yes, this is my job) and it may have been imaginary, but it seemed the meat was a little more tender.
     


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    None of you chuckle-heads have read the article.

    Yes, I have. The whole book even.
     


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