Maine Hard Shell Lobsters vs Firm Shell Lobsters vs Soft Shell Lobsters
Posted: August 03, 2016
Categories: How To
A common question asked about Maine Lobsters or Lobsters in general is, "What is better Hard Shell or Soft Shell Lobsters?" This is a great question that Maine Lobster Now has been striving to answer for its customers.
Benefits of Hard Shell Lobsters
- They taste delicious and people prefer them for their firm, dense texture.
- They cost more than soft shells due to them being filled to the brim with meat so what you're paying for is overall a larger amount of lobster meat per lobster.
- Hard shells, yes they are harder to get into than a soft shell BUT with no room for water inside the shell this creates less of a mess while breaking and eating!
- They survive much better in transit while shipping because they retain sea water longer and can withstand a temperature change. For example, if the internal temperature of a shipment rise to 42 degrees Fahrenheit, a soft shell lobster may not survive where a hard shell will most likely survive.
Negatives of Hard Shell Lobsters
- Tough to crack open, must have a lobster cracker on hand to break through the shell.
- It's been said that the meat isn't as sweet as the meat inside of a soft shell lobster.
Benefits of Firm Shell Lobsters
- Firm shell lobsters travel just as well as hard shell lobsters do, guaranteeing your delivery arrives safely.
- Firm shell lobsters have that perfect in between meat; meaning it is just as sweet as the meat inside of a soft shell lobster but has the tenderness of a hard shell lobster.
- When you crack open the claw you won't be disappointed with a tiny piece of meat!
- A firm shell lobster lives longer outside of the ocean than a soft shell lobster does making shipment easier.
Benefits of Soft Shell Lobsters
- Soft shells mean, the lobster has recently shed their old cramped shell for a new one with growing room. This allows extra water in their shells while they cook which locals say seems to marinate them a bit, making them a little more tender.
- A sweeter but saltier taste due to the meat soaking in water inside the shell.
- With there being less meat in a soft or "new" shell lobster, the cost is less per pound for soft shells to compensate for the extra water weight.
- Soft shells have a new, thinner shell that is much easier to remove for your dinner.
- For locals, soft shell lobster is the way to go since they will survive a short distance of travel and consumers will avoid the mess of a hard shell lobster.
Negatives of Soft Shell Lobster
- Less meat than a hard shell lobster.
- Soft shell lobsters contain more sea water within their shells, thus making it a messy experience when cracking open the claws to consume the lobster meat.
- 20 to 40 percent of soft shell lobster shipments arrive expired or deceased and can certainly damper the fun experience of opening a live box of lobsters.