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Lobster was once considered peasant food: Celebrate it on National Lobster Day

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Many people love the expensive lobster dishes sold in restaurants today; however, few people know that lobster was once considered peasant food. June 15 is a day to celebrate National Lobster Day.

In the 1800s, lobsters were incredibly plentiful and New Englanders could simply walk down the beach and capture them during low tide. Many servants lived off of lobster during this time period. In fact, one Massachusetts community had to pass a law that limited how often serving lobster to servants to a modest three times a week.

In restaurants today, lobster is not considered peasant food. Lobster is considered a luxurious delicacy all over the world. In the state of Maine alone, lobster fishing is a $1 billion industry.

There are many ways to enjoy lobster, but the most popular cooking methods are boiling, baking, steaming, and grilling. Live lobsters take only seven minutes for the first pound to steam and three minutes for each additional pound of this seafood. Lobster recipes include Lobster Newberg and Lobster Thermidor. Lobster is used in soup, bisque, lobster rolls, and cappon magro. Lobster meat may be dipped in clarified butter, resulting in a sweetened flavor.

Cook some lobsters or order or take your family out to your favorite seafood restaurants to celebrate National Lobster Day.

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