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michelley Mar 30, 2011 06:11 PM

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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    small h Mar 30, 2011 06:18 PM

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

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

    3 Replies
    1. re: small h
      petek Mar 30, 2011 07:03 PM

      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
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        michelley Mar 31, 2011 09:52 AM

        Thanks, that was helpful.

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          small h Mar 31, 2011 07:41 PM

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

      2. Sue in Mt P Apr 1, 2011 12:29 AM

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

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          Maximilien Apr 1, 2011 07:40 AM

          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.

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