1. There seems to be little consistency from one website to the next with regard to how long lobsters of various sizes need to be steamed. So I'd like to hear from the lobster pros: how do I calculate the correct steaming time?
2. This is something I haven't seen addressed anywhere. When figuring steaming time, do I need to take into account whether I'm steaming hard-shelled lobsters or soft-shelled ones? If so, what kind of adjustment do I need to make to the timing?
Oh... actually I have a third question: If I'm steaming lobsters of different sizes -- let's say they range in size from 1.25 lbs to 1.75 pounds -- do I simply do the math and place the larger ones into the pot first, wait a couple of minutes, add the next largest ones, wait again and add the smallest? I know, I probably ought to try to get them all approximately the same size, but if I can't/don't, what's the best way to time the steaming?