Jordan Farms guide to lobster

July 4, 2008 4:49:16 PM PDT
There's no better time than summer and the Fourth of July for seafood, especially lobster. So this edition of Neighborhood Eats is all about preparing the perfect lobster.And you don't have to go to Maine to get great lobster. In fact, Maine comes to us. Jordan Lobster Farms brings in Maine lobsters and sells them to restaurants, but they also have their own restaurant, where they're cooking lobster in a variety of ways. To get there, head to 1 Pettit Place, in Island Park on Long Island.

This is how it goes for most people. They hear about Jordan Lobster Farms, they head to Island Park - a tiny community near Long Beach - and they're hooked. Inside, there's a market, with prepared foods and fresh fish. During the warm months, there's also a casual outdoor restaurant.

There's lobster bisque, lobster rolls, lobster cakes and, of course, steamed lobster.

Scott Weiss and Steve Jordan's business is mostly wholesale. They sell to restaurants throughout New York, so there are lots of lobsters coming through, including some rather large ones.

When steaming a lobster, try using a little sea salt, a bay leaf and beer. The beer sweetens the lobster even more.

A one-pound lobster should cook in about eight minutes, a two-pounder in about 14. Once you place the lobster in the boiling water, don't start timing until the water has returned to a boil and then cover it. When it's done, it'll be bright red. Slice through the back and you can remove what's called the stomach. Leave the green stuff, it's considered a delicacy. Crack the claws and serve. And don't feel bad about indulging.

CLICK HERE for Jordan Lobster Farm's guide to cooking lobster!

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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