Argentina Red Shrimp (It makes me cry)
- ballyhoo Jun 16, 2007 05:22 AM
Okay, I'm stumped. I found this in the freezer section at Trader Joe's, probably about 6 months ago. Bought only a fair amount, only to find like all my other Trader Joe's favs, it went the way of the Do-Do Bird. Asked when & if they'll get it back again (stupid question), did my homework on the internet (yes I know when it's fished, where & for how long).
I want this little crustacean really badly! It's awesome & if you all know where I can get my hands on this slippery one, I will surely be obliged! (No, Whole Foods will not get it, nor do the guys at the fish counter even know what it is!)
Trader Joe's! You tease me like a 12 year-old girl discovering her flowering sexuality. How can you do me so wrong again?
Oh the humanity!
Are they the same as royal red shrimp? If so, you can find them on-line. Here is one place:
I've been to Joe Patti's many times and have never been disappointed in the quality, and I'll bet that these shrimp are very similar to what you are looking for. Funny thing- I have never particularly liked royal reds; they are gorgeous to look at, but I could never seem to cook them right. Just read on the web site that you have to cut the cooking time by 2/3s! No wonder I've always screwed 'em up!
Unless you live on a shrimp farm in Costa Rica, you are probably eating flash frozen shrimp like the rest of us despite whatever your fishmonger may tell you after he or she defrost the bag.
Shrimp, unlike fish, does not keep well at sub-frozen temps and absolutely needs to be frozen.
Fortunately, the flash freezing technology and the small size of the shrimp makes it quite difficult to tell the difference between the two.
I also love these little guys. My wife finally asked the folks at Trader Joes if they were coming back and she was told because of a price increase they were discontinued but keep checking. TJs often removes items when the price goes up but brings them back a few months later at an increased price. Go to TJs website and voice your support in getting them back.
I did find them at Santa Monica Seafood, at a much higher price, on 6/18.
I had the same issues, but I only got the argentine shrimp one time, went back the next week for more because they tasted so good and they were GONE!!!
I am sad to hear they are not in inventory.