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I stumbled upon Maine shrimp salad for 7.99/lb. while doing an errand at my local Shaws. It contained mayonnaise and celery that were not overwhelming. I added a squirt of lemon and some salt, and the results were quite tasty.

I was quite surprised to find it, since I thought the season didn't begin until December, and Maine shrimp can be hard to find even at the height of the season.

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  1. Did they say it was fresh Maine shrimp? It could be frozen.
    They must freeze some of the Maine shrimp during the season for sale after the season.

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    1. re: BostonZest

      I was thinking they must have been frozen, but they seemed so scarce last season that I was surprised to find them in salad in October.

      I'll have to ask if I see the fish buyer.

      1. re: chowfamily

        Maine shrimp are very perishable, some definitely gets frozen after removing the heads and some stores sell them out of season (a few years ago I saw them at whole foods). Not certain who does the warehousing, but they may just be ordered from Maine from time to time. Funny thing about that salad, they may have paid more per-lb for the mayo than the shrimp (wholesale in season, again the frozen might be very different). I think there are also some mail order outlets for the frozen, although despite the supply chain issues, we are very much blessed to get them fresh in season and there really is no comparison.

        1. re: itaunas

          I was looking for Maine baby shrimp at Whole Foods about a month ago to add to my bouillabaisse, but was told they are out of season. They directed me to the freezer case, where they have what seems to be a house brand called Whole Catch. They call the product Coldwater Pink Shrimp and is a "product of Canada."

          They were ok, hard to tell any difference when mixed into a bouillabaisse, but we also had some just plain boiled, and they are not as sweet as what I'd expect from fresh Maine shrimp, although it's passable considering that you can't always get the real thing.

          1. re: itaunas

            Yes, there is no comparison with fresh shrimp in season, and the pershability likely explains why some previously frozen are available now.

            Interesting observation re: pricing. The person who served me even said that they must have changed their recipe, since there was much less mayo this time. I'm not a fan of mayo, so I just thought it reflected an attempt to upgrade the salad, but your economic point makes sense. Maybe we'll see more sparing use of mayo in general.