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How do I handle my new lobsters?
Live lobsters are very perishable, and require a controlled salt water enviroment to remain alive. They do not generally live beyond a day out of water, although when kept cold in a moist enviroment, they will live as long as 3 days. We recommend that you cook your lobsters on the day you receive them. Cooked lobsters will stay fresh for about 3 days in the refrigerator. Never place lobsters in water to try and keep them alive. The best way to keep them alive at home is to refrigerate them. Cover your lobsters with moist seaweed, or a damp cloth to keep your lobsters moist, and leave them in the refrigerator until ready to cook. Your lobsters will come to you with heavy rubber bands on their claws. To pickup a lobster, grab it by the back, just above where the tail connects to the body. The lobster won't be able to bend his claws back enough to get you.

How do lobsters turn red when cooked?
Live Lobsters are usually bluish green in color. On rare occasions, one is landed that is orange, yellow, or blue. The lobsters color is caused by pigment in the shell. When the lobster is cooked, all of the color pigments are masked, except for the red background color. We recommend that the rubber bands are removed from the claws before cooking.