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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When Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is on Dec. 31. This year, New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday.
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What Is New Year's Eve?
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year on the Gregorian calendar.
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How to Celebrate New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is typically celebrated with a party that culminates in a countdown. Many people drink champagne, dance, enjoy music, and light fireworks. Various "good luck foods" like black-eyed peas and grapes are also served to ring in the new year. In the U.S., the old Scottish song "Auld Lang Syne" is sung as partygoers exchange hugs and kisses at midnight.
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Who Celebrates New Year's Eve?
Anyone can celebrate New Year's Eve if they follow the Gregorian calendar.
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Why Do We Celebrate New Year's Eve on Dec. 31?
Dec. 31 is the last day of the Gregorian calendar. It precedes Jan. 1, the first day of a new year (New Year's Day).
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The powder used to coat the pecans in this recipe was inspired by spicy Creole boiled shrimp. Using dried shrimp (which are easy to find at Asian markets) makes the process easy. All you do is roast the shrimp in the oven to get them really dried out, add a little lemon zest, and grind everything together in a spice or coffee grinder. Mix the shrimp powder with your favorite Creole seasoning and toss with roasted pecans. Try making this snack for tailgating, Mardi Gras, or as an unexpected party hors d’oeuvre. The salty, briny, spicy flavor of the crunchy pecans makes a surprisingly addictive drinking snack.
Special equipment: You’ll need a very clean coffee or spice grinder for this recipe.
What to buy: Dried shrimp are tiny shrimp that are boiled, salted, and then dried in the sun to add a salty, fishy flavor to many dishes. Look for them in Asian markets or online. Be sure to get brightly colored shrimp, buy them in small quantities to ensure freshness, and store them in the refrigerator.
Creole seasoning is generally a mix of salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, and dried thyme, but it can vary from brand to brand. Because most brands contain salt, be sure to taste the seasoning mix before adding any additional salt or seasoning to the pecans. We like Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning for this recipe.
This recipe was featured as part of our Crazy DIY Flavored Nuts for March Madness.