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mushy lobster tails

post #1 of 8
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Hi all! My restaurant serves 22 ounce australian lobster tails. Occasionally , the finished tail has an incredibly unattractive mushy texture, I believe this is a result of freezing, thawing, and refreezing, however thee is another opinion that lobsters release an enzyme as a defense mechanism. As this only occurs with 2 out of every hundred tails or so, I'm not entirely sure what to think of this theory. Are there any lobster experts willing to teach an old dog something new?
post #2 of 8
Lobster was dead before being processed. Scream at your supplier and ask for a refund.
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
post #3 of 8

Mushy crustacean

Do get a refund that stuff is expensive!
I understand it has to do with the diet or the fact that they are in a reprodcutive state that affects texture.
I have had that experience with some fish, monkfish, sword etc.
My fishmonger said what I shared above. Its not your M O P.
It could well have been dead as well!
I also know there is a differnce in meat texture between warm water and cold water lobster (and price) I beleive cold water is best.
That is someting I need to learn more about, among other things.
post #4 of 8
Well we serve a lot of lobster tails, 5oz and 8oz to be exact.

A lot of times i notice with the larger ones, when you crack them you can feel the meat that will produce a "mushy" texture, this happens a lot to us, enough that our servers know what to say.

You can not really avoid it, i do know when we were getting "Ice glazed" tails they were a lot more prone to have this issue.
post #5 of 8
well, i know that freezing and re freezing can cause the texture to be as such. ice crystals that form from an ordinary freezer are larger and therefore puncture cell walls causing a mushy texture (same thing happens to fruit that is frozen and defrosted). ideally, the crustacean is flash frozen in order to have the smallest ice crystals as possible.

another reason can be that the lobster was dead with its head on for a significant amount of time. i know that shrimp with their heads attatched and frozen will produce a mushy texture because of an enzyme in the head that is released after death and decomposes the body. that's why our restaurant always gets their shrimp without their heads attatched.
post #6 of 8
If they are dead lobster then you would almost certanly get a few cases of food poisoning, thats why they should always be cooked alive. However a lobster can live for a long time out of water and i would suggest that the reason for the occasional mushy lobster is over cooking of a stale but sill alive lobster. Some times lobsters kept in tanks for a long period of time will go the same way this can be down to lack of food.
post #7 of 8
I get all my lobster fresh from the fisherman. I have been out with them. I still get mushy from time to time. I am boiling 2 -4 at a time and 1 will be mushy.

I do question the fisherman not putting them on ice after they Hawaiin sling them.

I will be on Eleuthera for the holidays. I am giving them an ice chest and ice.

I will report back,
Fritz from Louisiana
post #8 of 8

Lobsters molt and they can do this mostly at certain times of the year but it varies according to temperature and the species. If the lobster you are about to buy has give in the shell or is soft do not buy it. The colder the water the better the lobster.


I lived on the pacific at a spot where lobsters were plentiful. I never caught a soft one. I never cooked one that was dead. Lobsters have an antifreeze and will stay several day alive even at 4 degrees F in your freezer (they just slow way down).


Many places sell lobsters from pens. These may spend some time there. While there, the lobster is losing mass in its flesh. The longer in captivity, the less desirable these become unless they are being fed a proper lobster feed.

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