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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Since these tangy, buttery shrimp are neither cooked on a barbecue grill nor with barbecue sauce, the name may mislead the uninitiated. It’s the same way New Orleans natives call the median of a boulevard “neutral ground.”
The shrimp fat from the head and the flavor from the shells add to this signature Crescent City dish. Eating the shrimp is a funky proposition involving removing the heads with a pinch and sucking out the buttery sauce. This technique is best accomplished accompanied by the haunting tunes of Dr. John and his Medicine Show, with your sleeves rolled up above the elbow and with lots of French bread for sopping.