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Why do lobsters turn red when cooked?
« on: February 24, 2017, 07:53:36 pm »
Why? I've never understood or knew, is it a chemical in the pigment? Is it the butters/oils? No sunscreen? How does one lobster?

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Re: Why do lobsters turn red when cooked?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2017, 09:15:34 pm »
(The dramatic color change during cooking has to do with the way certain biochemicals inside the shellfish react to heat. Lobsters and crabs have a pigment called astaxanthin in their shells. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid pigment: absorbing blue light and appearing red, orange or yellow in color.)
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Re: Why do lobsters turn red when cooked?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2017, 09:28:34 pm »
Because they're very shy and when they're held they blush very hard
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