How long can I store lobster in the refrigerator?

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Fresh live lobsters can stay in your refrigerator one to two days. Keep them in the back, where the refrigerator is coldest. They must be kept alive until you cook them.

Do not store live lobsters in any kind of water—it will kill them. Place the lobsters in a large bowl, cardboard box or roasting pan covered with damp cloth or packed with damp newspaper.

For more tips about cooking lobster, watch our video How to Prepare Lobster  featuring Julia Rutland, food editor at Coastal Living.

Recipe: Split Grilled Lobsters with Herb Butter

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