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Dec 16, 2009 05:25 AM

How Long For Seafood?????

I'm looking to make shellfish on Christmas DAY. The local seafood market is very good and open on Christmas Eve til 6pm--- what do chowhounders think about making the purchase 5pm on Thursday and cooking 5pm on Friday-- Thanks

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      1. re: Salbert

        You should have no problem at all, just remember to remove the shellfish from any plastic bag you bring them home in . Place them on a pan or pot with an inverted plate at the bottom and throw some ice on top. The inverted plate will help keep the bottom clams out of any water from the ice melting. If you have a perforated pan, you can use a double pan set up....if not, you can also use a pasta pot with it's insert or a simple colander to achieve the same result.

    1. I was told to keep them in the fridge, and they would be fine. But be sure to take them out of the plastic wrap. I believe I put them in a bowl filled with ice. Whatcha making?

      1. By shellfish you mean clams or mussels, I assume..... If you're certain the shellfish you'll be buying is fresher than fresh, I'd say it'd be OK if you stored it in the coldest part of your fridge. It's really best to cook any fish the day you buy it, but within 1 or 2 days will be all right. Carefully place the shellfish in a bowl and cover them with a damp towel or damp kitchen towels and then immediately put them in the refrigerator. Don't leave them sitting in water though. Don't freeze fresh shellfish. They can be frozen after cooking, however.

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        1. re: Gio

          In terms of freshness, unless the fish market is near a dock where they get a delivery everyday, a lot of markets keep their seafood for a least a couple of days in their walk-ins (fridge) between deliveries unless they sell out so you can keep yours in a fridge for a couple of days with no ill effects.

          Also, I have frozen fresh shrimp & lobster raw in the shell for soups & salads with no loss of flavor or texture; something I learned from working in a seafood restaurant years ago.

          On another note, do you think it's best to wait until an hour before the market closes to try to buy seafood for the next day when that day is the biggest day of the year? They may be out and then you'll be scrambling for a menu change... Just saying...

          1. re: Cherylptw

            Thanks everyone---I appreciate the attention to detail with regards to storing the shellfish appropriately-- and I don't want to make 6 people sick-- so if in doubt--- I do have a back up menu planned in case...
            Clams and Chorizo is the appetizer--- my husband will make the mussel dish-- not sure yet---hmmmm getting hungry thinking about it!
            Happy Holidays!