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(Foodbeast)   So apparently, Lobster used to be the "cockroach of the sea"   (foodbeast.com) divider line 36
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2014-02-13 02:36:31 PM
7 votes:
Was the 'Obvious' tag caught in a trap?
2014-02-13 02:51:02 PM
4 votes:
img.fark.net

Obligatory.
2014-02-13 02:44:19 PM
4 votes:
And now that OP is on board, everybody in the world now knows this.
2014-02-13 03:13:42 PM
3 votes:
Ummm no isopods are the  cockroaches of the sea.

www.pierfishing.com
2014-02-13 04:13:12 PM
2 votes:

MBooda: Rev. Skarekroe: lemurs: [img.fark.net image 306x413]

Obligatory.

Alternate universe?
Just visit Cambodia Louisiana

[hungrytravelers.com image 850x637]
/cockroaches of the roadside ditches


Tasty cockroaches of the roadside ditches, nonetheless.
2014-02-13 02:48:31 PM
2 votes:
lh4.googleusercontent.com
2014-02-13 02:44:33 PM
2 votes:
It still is.  Pigs eat everything and anything too but we're still going to eat bacon
2014-02-13 06:49:24 PM
1 votes:
www.global-air.com

Canadian Atlantic Lobster are truly fascinating creatures. (new window)
2014-02-13 05:31:38 PM
1 votes:

pute kisses like a man: sandi_fish: pute kisses like a man: trying to decide what to cook the wife for valentines.  lobster sure would be easy.

/ probably going with scallops.

Please wrap them in bacon.

i've been nervous to mess with scallops.  i currently have the perfect method to cook scallops, it takes about 1-2 minutes on each side to brown, then I put them on a flat sheet in the oven at 200 degrees while I prepare something else.  sometimes i make a beurre blanc sauce, or something else.  sometimes i don't make any sauce. They are perfect this way.  slightly browned, and never overcooked.

bacon takes too long to cook.  i am happy to cook the scallops in bacon fat (adjust time on the sear accordingly, since bacon fat cooks hotter than butter) but I'm afraid to cook them together.  and i really love the delicacy of scallops and bacon has too strong a flavor.

/ cooking them in bacon fat could be an option, and i'll use the bacon in something else.  like some smothered greens... which could also be cooked in bacon fat, so then, more bacon.  which greens will it be?  chard?  hmm...  if you've noticed, i generally think of pork belly as a great cooking oil.  the bacon byproduct is a bonus.


You can do a nice bacon wrapped scallop if you make sure the bacon is about 75% cooked beforehand, otherwise you get perfectly cooked bacon and a horribly overcooked scallop.
2014-02-13 04:41:39 PM
1 votes:

macadamnut: I'm allergic to all that nasty crap anyway, so I wonder what people thought when every so often somebody would swell up and choke to death a few minutes after eating it. I also wonder if the Semitic food laws about it have anything to do with that.



Shellfish that's not cooked properly also can contain various nasty pathogens.  Same with pork.  It wouldn't surprise me at all if a lot of ancient dietary laws come these observations.  The Koran even has a rule that says don't eat or shake hands with the hand you wipe your ass with.
2014-02-13 04:40:13 PM
1 votes:

MBooda: Rev. Skarekroe: lemurs: [img.fark.net image 306x413]

Obligatory.

Alternate universe?
Just visit Cambodia Louisiana

[hungrytravelers.com image 850x637]
/cockroaches of the roadside ditches


Lobsters- Taste great. Crawfish- Taste like crap. No wonder why the Cajuns put so much spice on them.
2014-02-13 04:27:17 PM
1 votes:
Did-a-chick?
2014-02-13 03:56:45 PM
1 votes:

"Lobster Used to Be 'The Cockroach of the Sea' and Only Fed to Servants and Cats"


Erica Schecter, Foodbeast, February 13, 2014


http://www.foodbeast.com/2014/02/13/oh-lobster-you-so-fancy/


vs


"How Lobsters Got Fancy


The surprising history-from food for the poor, servants, and prisoners to a soldier's staple to everybody's idea of a delicacy-of "the cockroach of the ocean."


Or, one of the most remarkable rebrandings in product history."


Daniel Luzer, Pacific Standard, June 7, 2013


http://www.psmag.com/navigation/business-economics/how-lobster- got-fan cy-59440/


Foodbeast: "Regarded as a dish fit only for the poor, even having lobster shells in your house was looked upon as a sign of poverty. Yet today lobster is seen as the poshest of the posh, the cousin of caviar. So, how the hell did this happen?

It starts with industrialization. When the railways began to expand across America, transportation managers realized that if no one apart from people who lived on the coast knew what lobster was, trains could serve it to inland passengers as if it were a rare, exotic item. This plan seemed to work as people started demanding lobsters beyond the railways and it didn't hurt that around this same time in the late 1800s, chefs discovered lobsters tasted much better when cooked live. Restaurants, too, got the memo. Then during World War II, lobsters weren't rationed like other foods, and so people of all classes began to eat it and "discover" its deliciousness. By the 1950s, lobster established itself as a bona fide luxury food item.

So what have we learned here? Lobster itself never changed over time, but rather the perceptions and attitudes of people towards lobster that drove the change in consumer behavior. Nowadays, lobster holds a place as one of the most expensive items at a restaurant or reserved for special occasions only. That being said, we bet it's only a few more years 'til spam becomes the filet mignon of red meat. "

Pacific Standard: "Lobsters were so abundant in the early days-residents in the Massachusetts Bay Colony found they washed up on the beach in two-foot-high piles-that people thought of them as trash food. It was fit only for the poor and served to servants or prisoners... "Lobster shells about a house are looked upon as signs of poverty and degradation," wrote John J. Rowan in 1876. Lobster was an unfamiliar, vaguely disgusting bottom feeding ocean dweller that sort of did (and does) resemble an insect, its distant relative...  So how did lobster move up in the world? Basically, it worked like this. In the early days, lobster was plentiful, so abundant it was cheap to prepare and good nutritious food to serve to servants and the incarcerated.

...And when the railways started to spread through America, transportation managers realized something interesting: If no one knew what lobster was, trains could serve it to passengers as if it were a rare, exotic item, even thought it was very cheap for those running the railroad to procure it. Inland passengers were intrigued. This lobster was delicious. Passengers, who didn't know lobster was considered trash food on the coast, started to love it and began to ask for it even after they left the train. It became a popular food. By the 1880s chefs had discovered that lobster was a lot better, and looked a lot more appetizing, if they cooked it live than if they killed it first and cooked it later.   Restaurants first started to serve lobster in the 1850s and '60s in the salad section, like bread and butter pickles or cottage cheese... During World War II, however, lobster wasn't rationed like other foods, and so people of all classes began to eat it enthusiastically, and discover its deliciousness. By the 1950s lobster was firmly established as a delicacy; lobster was something movie stars ate when they went out to dinner. It was the sort of thing girls from new-rich families ordered for their weddings, something the Rockefellers served at their parties.

...This is what happened to Pabst Blue Ribbon, which went from a working-class Midwestern beer to Brooklyn's preferred Hipster beverage. It's also what happened to Marlboro, a poorly selling women's cigarette ("Mild as May") before being rebranded to appeal to men. In both cases, nothing about the product itself changed. But if the peer behavior around the product changes, so too does our appreciation of it. Lobster might seem to taste better to us because it's so expensive...  America has overcome these original feelings of revulsion, largely thanks to a few rich people's love for the item and the thrifty ways of early train chefs.Just imagine what could have happened if the dining cars had just decided to serve liver or processed ham."

/no axe to grind, I just thought that this article sounded very familiar...
2014-02-13 03:51:25 PM
1 votes:
Patagonian toothfish = Chilean Sea Bass.

Amazing how a new name makes it seem all exotic and more tasty.
2014-02-13 03:25:10 PM
1 votes:
I don't even like seafood one bit and even I can tell that was a poorly written article.

The concept is named trash fish. That would be the leftovers and scraps the fishermen couldn't sell in olden times because they were looked down upon as being unclean or not being in vogue. So you had generations of fishermen who would bring home trash fish to their families and they innovated ways to make it delicious (in some cases that's just giving it a pan sear, but it varies from item to item). Fastforward to today and now trash fish are top of the list practically. There are even restaurants dedicated to trash fish and I guarantee you, even as a person who hates seafood in general, that you're not going to find a better seafood plate anywhere else.

Trash fish. Look it up.
2014-02-13 03:18:07 PM
1 votes:

genner: Ummm no isopods are the  cockroaches of the sea.

[www.pierfishing.com image 450x475]


they are the giant woodlice of the sea

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2014-02-13 03:12:27 PM
1 votes:
Same thing with fatty tuna belly (toro) in Japan. They used to throw it away, now it's the most expensive cut for sushi
2014-02-13 03:11:38 PM
1 votes:

crzybtch: To me the lobster belongs to the following:

LAND                       SEA
Cockroach              Lobster
Shrimp                    Flies

Centipedes
Birds                       Fish
Clams                     Aquarium Filters


FTFY
2014-02-13 03:10:25 PM
1 votes:
To me the lobster belongs to the following:

LAND                       SEA
Cockroach              Lobster
Shrimp                    Flies
Birds                       Fish
Clams                     Aquarium Filters
2014-02-13 03:08:47 PM
1 votes:
It still is the cockroach of the sea. I can't believe anyone will eat those things.
2014-02-13 03:05:18 PM
1 votes:

Ker_Thwap: Prisoners in Maine used to whine about being served lobster all the time.  Ribs, wings and all the other odd parts used to be the cheapest cuts of meat.  People learned to do tasty things with the cheap food, now we pay a premium for it. The world turns, carry on.


Yeah even in the early/mid 1980s frozen chicken wings where cheap enough that bags advertized great for fishing bait.

Now its higher than chicken breast.
2014-02-13 03:04:54 PM
1 votes:

bungle_jr: Prey4reign: Snails are disgusting animals, slowly oozing along leaving behind a disgusting film of snot like material.  Escargot are a delicacy, given enough garlic butter.

have you seen the escargot kit at walmart, or other supermarkets? i have had escargot many times and enjoyed it, but this just seems off-putting to me


Most of the time, you're getting canned snails in a restaurant.
2014-02-13 03:02:52 PM
1 votes:

upload.wikimedia.org


Obscure?

2014-02-13 02:59:41 PM
1 votes:
has anybody said that this article needs the obvious tag yet...because while lobsters are the cockroaches or they sea they are still DELICIOUS!!!
2014-02-13 02:57:15 PM
1 votes:

DrunkWithImpotence: Funny how our perceptions change over time.


It sounds like the big breakthrough was cooking them live.
2014-02-13 02:55:43 PM
1 votes:

lemurs: [img.fark.net image 306x413]

Obligatory.


Alternate universe?
Just visit Cambodia.

s1.hubimg.com
2014-02-13 02:54:47 PM
1 votes:
Prisoners in Maine used to whine about being served lobster all the time.  Ribs, wings and all the other odd parts used to be the cheapest cuts of meat.  People learned to do tasty things with the cheap food, now we pay a premium for it. The world turns, carry on.
2014-02-13 02:54:25 PM
1 votes:
Wow welcome to the 20th century subby.
2014-02-13 02:50:37 PM
1 votes:
I'll take a nice NY Strip over lobster any day....and about 10 other cuts of beef.
2014-02-13 02:50:08 PM
1 votes:
Ya ever notice how much lobster tastes like soap? The rich foods ain't always the tastiest.
2014-02-13 02:49:21 PM
1 votes:
Next contender:  hagfish (a.k.a. "slime eel").

upload.wikimedia.org
2014-02-13 02:48:01 PM
1 votes:
I have to assume that this article was posted so that we can throw insults at the author for breathlessly telling us what everyone already knew.

/did you know Christmas is based on a pagan holiday?
//bacon is really good you guys
2014-02-13 02:47:41 PM
1 votes:
Hate the way they smell, the only lobster roll I ever had was awful, and I refuse to eat what appears to be a giant scorpion that's still sufficiently armed to fend off the diner.
2014-02-13 02:46:46 PM
1 votes:
everyone knows this, parker

yeah, well, did you know auctioneers make horrible cashiers?
2014-02-13 02:46:12 PM
1 votes:
I call it that when I try to explain to people why I'm really not into it.
2014-02-13 02:45:47 PM
1 votes:
Was the Obvious tag too busy stuffing its face with cheese biscuits?
 
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