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Oct 5, 2012 10:17 AM

Kirkland Frozen Raw Shrimp

I am so disappointed with this product. I purchased the 2lb (907g) bag of shrimp (peeled, with tails still attached). The frozen shrimp looked plump and attractive. The defrosted shrimp looked a whole lot smaller and were sitting in a pool of salt water. After cooking them in a minimal amount of olive oil, there was another large puddle of salty water and some very medium-sized cooked shrimp, not large as the package stated. I understand that all shrimp are a little more plump when frozen, due to the expansion of water molecules. I was expecting a bit of shrinkage, especially since water and salt are listed as ingredients, in addition to the shrimps, but come on!!! The shrimp varied in size from small to barely medium, yet the package states 31-40 shrimp per pound. I highly doubt that. I buy frozen shrimp from my regular grocery store and the same 31-40 per pound look like medium shrimp when cooked. I will never again buy Kirkland Signature frozen shrimp of any size, peeled or unpeeled. It seems to me the company is brining smaller shrimp so that they weigh in heavier when frozen. The initially attractive price tag now strikes me as a ripoff. If I pay for 2 lbs of large shrimp (at whatever price), I expect just that. In hindsight, I so wish I had weighed the entire defrosted bag AFTER draining off the pool of fluid.

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  1. 31 - 40 are small to begin with (approx. 1"). Just sayin.....

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    1. re: letsindulge

      I edited my initial post. 31-40 per pound are called medium-sized, not large. I still maintain that the shrimp were downright scrawny once defrosted, and that there was quite a bit of variation in size from one shrimp to the next.

      1. re: letsindulge

        I would tend to agree 31-40 are what I would consider to be small shrimp not medium.

      2. Coming at it from another angle, maybe the shrimp were defrosted too quickly. If you try to speed up the process, say, by running them under the tap, shrimp tend to deflate and shed a lot of liquid. Next time you could try defrosting in the refrigerator to see if it improves anything.

        1. It's Costco. I mean, really, did you actually expect the shrimp to be very good? Surely there must be a better place to buy seafood. There are at least a dozen or more in my area.

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          1. re: MGZ

            If 1sweetpea promises to NEVER buy Kirkland Shrimp again are they eligible for the free pirate ship too? (Good job getting that thread shut down on the NJ board!!! )

            1. re: jrvedivici

              What's with the hostility people? Where I live, there's no such thing as fresh shrimp. Frozen, or else previously frozen, is my only option. Are you universally panning Costco's products? I've bought perfectly good wild pacific salmon, halibut and cod at Costco. Even the farmed fish is pretty good, for what it is. Turnover is high, so the fish is fresher than at my typical grocery store and fish market. Excuse me for trying to save by buying in bulk. I bought 4 lbs of shrimp that day. I had no reason to think that the shrimp would be more heavily brined than any other company's frozen shrimp. They were. That's my chief complaint.

              1. re: 1sweetpea

                Since your responding to me I'm not sure what hostility you are speaking about? My two comments were agreeing with letsinduldge about the size of the shrimp and my next post was to MGZ (who is a known contributor on our local NJ board) about a running joke we have about him building a pirate ship (on NJ board it was for people to stop going to Joe's I was carrying the joke over). As you can see the second comment was directed at MGZ since I hit reply to his comment directly and really besides referring to you.....was not directed towards you at all. Sorry if you felt hostility but there was none intended by me.

            2. re: MGZ

              Well, there aren't "at least a dozen or more in my area", but thanks for the judgement, MGZ. I live nowhere near the sea and the only freshwater fish that is local to me is perch. There is one seafood store in my very small city and it SUCKS. It has poor selection and no guarantee of impeccable freshness. The store has given over half of its display cases, refrigerators and freezers to sausages, meatballs and cheeses. If I want lobsters, I have to go to my grocery store for them. They frequently look half dead in the tank. It IS sad that Costco might carry the best fresh fish in my town, but I'm not too snobby to shop there.

              1. re: MGZ

                Costco used to carry decent, unsalted frozen shrimp, but now it's all brined...and therefore ruined for most applications. Don't buy shrimp with added salt - sends a message to the companies doing this.

              2. I don't buy shrimp too frequently at Costco but when I do, I usually go for the 21-25 size. They are only a dollar or two more per pound than the smaller ones, and I feel like they're a much better bang for my buck. That said, if you are unhappy with what you bought, either return the remainder to Costco or just go to customer service and lodge a complaint, and they'll refund your money. Costco has the best return policy I've ever seen.

                1. I've had those shrimp, they are 31-40 per pound. I generally thaw, rinse and pat dry. Not sure you did that but, they cook up well, used them in a pealla dish and they came out tender. BTW - the content weight is based on the 'product net weight' not the fluid. ALso, I like their Tiger shrimp, they're much larger and better quality, remember that 2lb bag you purchased was about $14.