The Lobster ‘Opener’

Lobster Tool 1

Here’s a handy little tool I picked up on Prince Edward Island during my summer holiday. It is sold a ‘Lobster Tool’ but, of course, it can easily be used for crab as well…

Usually, in restaurants, when you are served lobster, they usually provide you with a pair of ‘nut-crackers’, for opening the claws and tougher bits, as well as a little ‘pick’ thingy for winkling the meat out of the tricky spots. For years now, I have been using a pair of kitchen shears whenever I cook lobster at home and, though said shears are a bit unwieldy, I rarely need anything else. I thought, then, that a device that incorporates both shears and crackers into a single implement was a pretty clever idea.

I gave mine a test run on a whacking great 2lb lobster at Lobster on the Wharf in Charlottetown where I also bought the tool (there is a little seafood market attached to the restaurant which carries these and other tools). I can tell you, right now… the shell on that 2lb sucker was really thick and tough but my new purchase did really well. In the spirit of full disclosure, though, I should point out that, while the crackers worked okay on the joints of the claw appendages, they were just a bit too short to provide a enough leverage for opening the big claws themselves. A one pounder would present no problem, even a one and a half pound job, but the thick shells on my dinner were just a bit too much.

Did I have to resort to the larger crackers the restaurant gave me? Heck, no… with careful use of the tough little shears I was actually able to open the claws by cutting them open. Not only was this easier, but I avoided crushing the tender meat inside. Quite impressive, really.

Anyway, I have long been meaning to do a post on ‘How to eat a Lobster’ (it’s a bit more involved than most people appreciate) so, when I do, I can show you my new tool in action…

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