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 Thursday, June 21st, 2018

April 24, 2010

Shrimp, Shrimp, and More Shrimp

Did you know that there are more than 300 species of shrimp in the world?

My favorite shrimp are Mexican and Gulf whites, but no matter what variety of shrimp you purchase, you have to know what to look for.

If you can find them, you're better off buying frozen shrimp, as thawed shrimp start losing their flavor in just a few days. Avoid shrimp with black spots or yellowing shells, both of which are signs of deterioration.

It pays, to judge shrimp size by the number it takes to make a pound, not by small, medium or large. Shrimp labeled 16/20, for example, require 16 to 20 individual shrimp to make a pound. The largest, or colossal, shrimp are called U/15, which translates as "under 15 shrimp per pound." Just be sure to ask...You'll sound like a Pro and get the most for your money.

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