August means lobster boils, and as much as I love a good seafood party, the idea of cooking a lobster makes my skin crawl. The usual go-to knife method or the freezing trick always makes me feel miserable. So when the other day I noticed this photo in my feed I got curious.
Recently, Kenzi shared a totally new and seemingly zen-like way of prepping lobsters for cooking - by standing them on their heads, aka putting them to sleep. According to Kenzi this yoga-like trick will make the whole process much easier and calmer, so you won't dread it as much next time around.
Here is how it goes: flip the lobster on its head, tucking its claws gently underneath where its chin would be if it had one. Then tuck down its tail. After ten or so seconds - it will need your help staying stable in this time - the lobster should calm down significantly, usually enough to headstand on its own, so you can then get your boiling (or steaming) under way.
Have you ever heard of this? How do you cook your lobster?
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(Lobster trick by Kenzi Wilbur via/for Food52. Photos by Caro, Alexis Anthony and James Ransom)