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So I bought a bag a bag of shrimp at Costco. It's raw, cleaned, with a tail. It says it's
individually frozen, no additives...

Then I read DO NOT FORCE THAW UNDER RUNNING WATER

Why? I thought that was how you are supposed to defrost shrimp.

Can someone enlighten me?

Thanks.

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  1. Here are two threads that answer (or at least discuss) this question:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687511
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/770168

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    1. re: small h

      Restaurants defrost shrimp under cold running water when they need them in a hurry and they're fine.Ideally you want to defrost in a fridge over night and then give em a quick rinse.

      1. re: small h

        Thanks, that was helpful.

        1. re: michelley

          You're welcome. I'm an inveterate force-thawer and haven't seen any reason to change my wicked ways.

      2. Or you could all come visit me and we'll get them right off the boat!

        1. In general, when dealing with frozen food :

          Freeze as fast as possible to prevent large ice crystals breaking the individual cells..
          Thaw as slowly as possible.

          M.