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Do You Ever Get Funky Tasting Shrimp?

I don't know why but I seem to get funny tasting shrimp a lot when I go out for Chinese food.I had a bad experience at Bernard's with it and today at Jumbo Seafood. You can taste it in the first bite and then you do not want anymore. It's like that chemical metallic weird taste. I am now at the point where I just order spicy vegetable dishes because I am scared to eat the shrimp.

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  1. Not shrimp, but I occasionally get a mussel that tastes like it was in the floor of a barn for awhile.

    Bamboo shoots, to, sometimes, believe it or not.

    1. My GF got some weird tasting jumbo shrimp at Strip Ts in Watertown one night. She didn't get sick from them, but was a bit bummed out about her meal, since the shrimp had that same strange metallic taste that you mention. I've had nothing but good food from Strip Ts, and their food always seems to be fresh, so I don't think it was anything they did on their end, but who knows...

      1. I think I've read that the metallic taste comes from the iodine in the sea water. Not sure why only some shrimp taste that way, but I've noticed it in frozen shrimp that I've cooked at home as well as shrimp I've eaten out. I don't think it's a freshness problem, but it is off-putting.

        1. Advice, when buying from the store only get it if it is frozen. Shrimp does not stay fresh long. When the fisherman collect the shrimp from nets, they instantly clean the shrimp, cut the heads off and instantly flash freeze the shrimp.ONLY GET FROZEN SHRIMP.

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          1. re: CHEFBUCK

            anyone know how long shrimp can be kept in the fridge once cooked?

            1. re: Gordough

              Store in ice water and change daily with the shell still on. Change water daily. I would say no more than a week if kept like this.

          2. Most of the shrimp we get in Boston is frozen and shipped from Asia. I find most of it to be pretty poor.. I save most of my shrimp eating for family visits to the Carolinas, or FL and Mexico Fresh and local really spoils you.

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            1. re: 9lives

              The best I've had in the area was from Cram Seafood. Miss going there - always ask about the quality, esp. the owner - he'd tell me not to buy stuff if it wasn't good enough, and will tell you where it's from, too.

              But you make me want to visit the Carolinas just for the shrimp... never have been there, know it'd spoil me, also.

              1. re: threedogs

                I am Carolina born and raised, and at times have taken shrimp for granted.
                No longer, however.
                I now know how lucky we are.
                How does $ 3.50 per lb (head on) for 25 count, just off the boat sound???
                That's what I pay in Georgetown, SC on the dock at Independant Seafood.
                Y'all come on down!

                1. re: Tee

                  Everyone else pays twice as much good find there.

              2. re: 9lives

                It depends on the variety of shrimp too.