Shrimp like to breathe, otherwise they start to get smelly. To avoid foul seafood, you’ll first want to store your shrimp in the coldest part of your fridge. If the shrimp was purchased in a bag, open the bag and place a paper towel over the top. Proceed to transfer the bag to a bowl of ice. The shrimp should be okay to use for up to two days.
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For maximum shelf life, freeze raw shrimp with their heads removed, but shells still intact. Package the shrimp in freezer bags leaving about a quarter of an inch of space at the top. Frozen shrimp can last from three to six months before needing to be discarded.
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Like fish, frozen shrimp should either be left in the refrigerator overnight or thawed in a bowl of cold water. Never re-freeze shrimp. Most seafood is usually frozen prior to arriving at the grocery store and you don’t want to freeze it for a second time.
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Why Do We Celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25?
There are several reasons Christmas is celebrated on Dec. 25. The date is nine months after March 25, a day recognized by Christians as Annunciation. It was the day Mary was told she would was having a baby. The nine months that follow are an approximation of Jesus’ birth. Dec. 25 also coincides with pagan Winter Solstice celebrations like Saturnalia' and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti. Since they were historically celebrated around that time of year there was precedent for holiday festivities during this time of year.
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What Does the Name 'Christmas' Mean and What Is the Meaning of Christmas?
Christmas is a shortened from the words “Christ’s mass.” It’s derived from the Middle English word "Cristemasse" which has Greek, Hebrew and Latin origins. Christmas is an annual holiday that honors the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated by Christians around the world and is regarded as an important religious and cultural holiday.
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How Can We Celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is traditionally celebrated in many ways and celebrations vary across cultures. In the days leading up to Christmas, people usually put up special decorations including colorful lights and evergreen trees. Gifts are often placed under the tree and exchanged on Christmas day among loved ones. Large meals are also typically served as part of the celebration as well.
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In Louisiana, different sizes of shrimp are typically used for specific dishes. Small shrimp usually end up in gumbos, stews, or étouffées; medium shrimp are for spicy boils, po’ boys, and frying (but let’s face it, all sizes are good fried). The largest, most beautiful shrimp are saved for special preparations, and they are almost always cooked in the shell. I came up with this simple recipe as an alternative to the more classic barbecued shrimp (made with butter and hot sauce), for a similarly spicy result that doesn’t mask the fresh flavor and texture of the shrimp.
I’ve called for red jalapeños because they are widely available, but my first choice is the fresh paprika chiles that we grow in our garden in New Orleans. If you are ever able to get your hands on them, they are incredible, with a perfect balance of sweetness and heat. If you live in the South, try to grow them—you will never see a plant produce more chiles for a longer season.
What to buy: If you can’t find red jalapeños, green jalapeños or red Fresno chiles are a good substitute.
This dish was featured as part of our Mardi Gras recipe gallery. For a New Orleans-inspired cocktail, try our vieux carre recipe.