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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This appetizer is like a pumped up version of shrimp cocktail. Instead of poaching the tail-on shrimp, toss them in oil and smoked paprika, thread them onto skewers, and grill until they’re just cooked through. Dip them in a tangy-sweet British sauce made with brandy, lemon juice, hot sauce, ketchup, and mayo for a flavor somewhere between cocktail sauce and Thousand Island dressing. Serve next to some Spinach Dip and Devils on Horseback for a retro party spread.
Special equipment: You’ll need 10 (12-inch) metal or wooden skewers for this recipe. Be sure to soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes beforehand to keep them from burning on the grill.