Most people buy lobsters and cook them the same day, but it’s possible to keep the critters alive, if not quite kicking, for 24 to 36 hours after they’ve left the store’s tank. Simply keep them in the heavy-duty paper bag your fishmonger packaged them in, wrapped in damp newspaper, and put them on the bottom shelf of the fridge or in a crisper drawer. The cold will dull them into inaction, but make sure they’re alive (their antennae should be active) before cooking. Don’t ever bury lobsters in ice or keep them in fresh water–since they’re saltwater creatures, this is a sure recipe for death.
HOw long will lobster live out of the tank?