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10 Reasons to Love Maine New Shell Lobster

Lobster Couple Herman & Monique Coombs

Herman and Monique Coombs and their two children live on Orr’s Island, living the exciting life of the lobster family. Herman is a lifelong lobsterman, tending to his 800 homemade traps in just about every weather condition. Together, they make a powerhouse team, dedicated to life on the coast. They are Mainers to the core.

  1. They are so much easier to clean! A thinner shell means it’s easy to crack and eat by hand. And thanks to advances in packaging and handling techniques, Maine New Shell Lobster can also be shipped outside of Maine.

  2. New shells are a sure sign of summer, beautiful weather, and warming temperatures! As summer approaches, lobsters in the cold, clean waters of Maine shed their old shells and grow new shells. The result: Maine New Shell Lobster.

  3. New shells mean that the lobsters are doing what they are supposed to do in terms of their life cycle and moving around in the water. Many lobstermen decide their calendars around new shell season.

  4. Prized as a seasonal delicacy, Maine New Shell Lobster is only available during peak harvest, which runs from about June - November.

  5. Maine lobster families eat lots of new shell lobsters. In our house, we have more lobster this time of year, than any other time.

  6. The sweet, tender and more delicately textured meat more readily takes on the nuances of flavors like herbs, spices, smoke, citrus and more.

  7. The added moisture content makes Maine New Shell Lobster great for dishes whose preparations extract maximum flavor from the whole lobster, like Lobster Risotto and Lobster Pot Pie.

  8. Maine chefs and restaurant owners are crazy about Maine New Shell Lobster. Steve Kingston, owner of The Clam Shack in Kennebunk and champion of the 2015 Tasting Table Lobster Roll Rumble, swears by it, saying, “If we’re out of new shells, we’re out of business." Chef Kerry Altiero (recent honoree of DownEast Magazine’s 2015 Chef of the Year Award) uses it in his “Vacation in Your Mouth” recipe, recently featured in Men’s Journal.

  9. New shells have a superior taste as a result of the pure Gulf of Maine seawater that fills the newly formed shell and naturally “marinates” the meat, creating an intense and more “lobster-y” flavor.

  10. Bottom line, it's delicious Maine Lobster! Enjoy!

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