Buying Fresh ShrimpFrom chefjeb 9 years ago
How to make it
- Raw uncooked shrimp require cold, cold, cold. Look for shrimp that are white or brown, but never showing pink. There is Gulf Coast saying: "Never red in the head." They should not have a "fishy odor." Make the store put your shrimp in a plastic bag with lots of ice for the trip home, even if it is a short distance. Shrimp can not be subjected to warm temperatures. Once home, place shrimp in a bowl with lots of ice and refrigerate until ready to use. Dry refrigeration just doesn't get cold enough to hold shrimp. Farm-raised shrimp are becoming common. They're a good product and are helping keep the cost down, but they lack the salt found in the Gulf and ocean waters. So, add some salt to the water about an hour before cooking and let shrimp soak this in. Don't overcook. Cook just until they turn pink. Heat causes shrimp to turn pink, thus the reason you don't buy raw shrimp that are pink. They have been subjected to temperature abuse. ENJOY!