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Live Shrimp?

cfoodie May 28, 2011 04:04 PM

I am looking for information on getting live shrimp in this area. I read about an organic (or almost) shrimp farm on the eastern shore. If anyone has ordered from them, are their shrimps alive when they arrive by express mail? Are there markets where you can access live shrimp, or even buy them at the farm yourself? Any there other suppliers of live shrimp in the area?

Thanks in advance.

  1. agarnett100 May 28, 2011 04:24 PM

    Marvesta Shrimp Farm is the only MD farm that I know of
    101 Enterprise Dr
    Hurlock, MD 21643
    (410) 943-1733
    I think you can buy them at the farm yourself if you don't mind the drive but I would call ahead to make sure

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    1. re: agarnett100
      cfoodie May 28, 2011 06:11 PM

      Thanks for the info. I will call them.

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      flavrmeistr May 29, 2011 04:57 AM

      What kind of recipe calls for live shrimp?

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      1. re: flavrmeistr
        cfoodie May 30, 2011 04:40 AM

        I guess if you are eating it raw, it makes sense to get the freshest shrimp possible. I am just looking for something without preservatives, which they put in almost all shrimp.

        1. re: cfoodie
          flavrmeistr May 31, 2011 11:16 PM

          Well, you could try a bait shop. I've bought plenty of live shrimp for snook fishing. You need an air pump in your bucket to keep them alive. Also, you probably find any north of Hatteras.

          1. re: flavrmeistr
            alkapal Jun 1, 2011 05:58 PM

            flavrmeistr, you crack me up! bait shop!

            i grew up in florida and freshly caught shrimp were always put on ice in the boat ASAP. that's how we bought them, on ice. some shrimpers would sell them chilled from a big ice chest, but it was always better to have them on ice and as cold as possible to prevent the quick spoilage that takes place once they're caught.

            1. re: alkapal
              Steve Jun 1, 2011 06:03 PM

              I believe shrimp need to be iced within two hours of being caught or all kinds of dangerous organisms multiply. Basically this freezes them.

              1. re: Steve
                alkapal Jun 2, 2011 03:44 AM

                two hours seems a long time, but i'm not meaning to quibble.

              2. re: alkapal
                VaPaula Jun 2, 2011 07:08 AM

                Funny story about that. When I first moved to Lake Charles, LA (from Manhattan!), I answered the phone one day to a muffled voice that said, "Ya want some shrimp?" "Excuse me?" "Ya want some shrimp?" I called my husband at work who told me that was the shrimp guy and to leave an ice chest filled with ice on the front porch, and the shrimp guy would come fill it with shrimp. Totally foreign concept to me on so many levels (e.g. my husband said he would send this guy a check "after awhile"), but they were wonderful shrimp.

                Speaking of, the Whole Foods in Vienna had about six different varieties last weekend - 3 U.S., 3 outside the U.S., some previously frozen, some fresh. We went with the fresh U.S. shrimp. Meh.

                1. re: VaPaula
                  cb1 Jun 2, 2011 07:51 AM

                  I could be mistaken, but I believe that any shrimp you get in this area will have been previously frozen. I do know once at the market, I was looking at the "fresh" shrimp at $2 or more per pound than the frozen. The guy behind the counter told me it was the same shrimp, that they just open the same bags and thaw them. Go figure.

                  1. re: cb1
                    agarnett100 Jun 2, 2011 09:55 AM

                    Its just easier to go to Costco. When shrimp are caught they are placed into a freezer in the cargo hold on board a ship.

                    1. re: cb1
                      VaPaula Jun 2, 2011 10:45 AM

                      Yeah, I've heard that, too - that most fish is frozen on site because that's really the only way it can travel. So I was curious as to why WF distinguished between them. I think the freezing affects the texture more than anythine else, but these just didn't have much flavor either.

                      1. re: VaPaula
                        agarnett100 Jun 2, 2011 11:06 AM

                        Depends on the vendor you can get fish that has not been previously frozen at various fish markets in area. I usually line catch mine so I don't have that problem unless I want something nonlocal

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