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How long before I throw out the SHRIMP?

I ordered a 1/2 pound of shrimp from the seafood guy at Whole Foods on Saturday. It's now Tuesday - do I throw it out?

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  1. Was it frozen?

    Use your best judgement. If the shrimp are slimy, mushy or have a distinct "fishy" odor, it's probably best to toss them. Half a pound of shrimp is not worth half a night in agony.

      1. Rinse them off and smell them. If they have been in the fridge and were very fresh when you got them they can hold for up to a week. I've done it myself. If they smell good they are good.

        1. My Mom always said "When in doubt, throw it out". However, my Mom is also the cheapest person on the planet, so she'd advise you to wash it carefully and use good judgement. Your senses will tell you if it's ok.

          1. Smell, smell, smell. Fishy or iodine-y smells mean it's time to toss 'em. Fresh, ocean-y smells means it's time to eat!

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            1. re: ricepad

              What's the difference between "fishy" and "ocean-y"? I bought them fresh and they weren't frozen, and I put them right away in the fridge thinking I would use them by the next day at the latest.

              1. re: waterisgood

                Ocean-y smells fresh and like the ocean, fishy is off and old. They should be fine. I prefer to cook my shrimp the day I buy it but it does not always happen and it has been fine.

                1. re: Candy

                  Smell is one indicator, and color is another good one. Were the shrimp head-on or headless? Headless shrimp will keep several days longer than head-on. Look at the color; they should be grayish (or brownish if they're brown shrimp). If the shrimp look pink, they're past their prime. But hey, you can always use 'em for bait. (I always have a frozen tub of half-spoiled shrimp rolling around in my freezer for use as bait...a habit I really regretted last year after Hurricane Katrina!)

                2. re: waterisgood

                  It's the difference between a fresh sea breeze (ocean-y) and a tidepool (fishy).