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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The Greek-inspired shrimp and ouzo sauce for this fast pasta dish comes together while the water for the pasta boils. Simply sauté red onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes to create the base of the sauce, add in the shrimp, and finish with a hit of anise-flavored ouzo and chopped fresh tomatoes. When the pasta is ready, add the sauce and toss in feta and olives for a salty, briny finish to a quick and flavorful weeknight meal.
What to buy: Ouzo is a clear, slightly sweet, anise-flavored liqueur from Greece, available at Greek markets and some liquor stores. Once you have a whole bottle, use it up by adding some to an after-dinner coffee drink, making a refreshing Melon Dip Cocktail, or substituting it for Pernod in this recipe for steamed mussels.