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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On the Ecuadoran coast, ceviche carts line the beaches selling ice-cold seafood cooked in lime juice and sprinkled with popcorn. In Quito, where fresh seafood is more rare, a lightly poached shrimp cocktail is the ceviche of choice.
What to buy: We found deveined frozen shrimp at our local market, and they worked great in this recipe. If you use fresh shrimp, they will take slightly less time to cook, so start checking them after a few minutes.
Look for avocados that are ripe but not mushy. If they are too soft, they will fall apart when you fold them into the shrimp mixture.
Game plan: A great way to serve the shrimp cocktail is in small cups or bowls with a cocktail fork stuck in for easy eating. This dish can be prepared up to 1 day in advance (without the avocado), covered, and kept in the refrigerator. When your guests arrive, simply peel and dice the avocado, sprinkle it over top, and serve.
This recipe was featured as part of our Spicy Holiday Cocktail Party menu.