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Mail Order Florida Pink Shrimp Fresh Never Frozen

Kater Dec 11, 2012 08:17 PM

does anyone have a source with reasonable shipping costs. I found Randy's Paradise and the product looks good but shipping is $40 from Fla to PA.

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    Brandon Nelson RE: Kater Dec 11, 2012 10:16 PM

    Overnight shipping costs better than $25 on most packages. Fresh seafood should be overnighted.

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      Kater RE: Brandon Nelson Dec 12, 2012 04:45 AM

      Well that was my other question. The $40 is for second day air! That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Overnight was going to be more like $80 for five pounds of shrimp.

      I am really disappointed that my local source for these went out of business. Too many people are lured in by low aquaculture shrimp prices at Costco and the supermarket.

    2. sunshine842 RE: Kater Dec 11, 2012 10:16 PM

      your biggest issue is going to be the shipping -- it will have to be shipped overnight, and you'll spend nearly $40 to send a box of papers overnight from FL to PA.

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        mutti RE: Kater Dec 11, 2012 11:22 PM

        Check out www.joepattis.com toll free phone is
        1-800-500-9929 I've always been happy with the shipping, but then I live in Clinton country.

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          carolinadawg RE: mutti Dec 12, 2012 02:38 AM

          All of Patti's shrimp are frozen at sea.

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            Kater RE: carolinadawg Dec 12, 2012 04:47 AM

            I noticed that. Their prices are phenomenal and their shrimp is probably much better than the grocery store but I really want fresh never frozen this time.

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              sunshine842 RE: carolinadawg Dec 12, 2012 09:25 AM

              I believe ALL shrimp are frozen at sea (and have been told as much by a commercial shrimper) -- but it's done with liquid nitrogen, so it's a flash-freeze that doesn't destroy the cellular structure like putting it in a home freezer.

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                carolinadawg RE: sunshine842 Dec 12, 2012 09:38 AM

                Perhaps all mail order shrimp have been frozen at sea, but the shrimp I buy right off the boat at Potter's seafood in Southport, NC haven't been frozen.

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                  ferret RE: sunshine842 Dec 12, 2012 09:50 AM

                  Large commercial operators do freeze their catch; smaller day-boat fisherman usually do not.

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                    Kater RE: sunshine842 Dec 12, 2012 11:12 AM

                    Never frozen shrimp can definitely be had and I used to have a local source for them. I was able to talk to the fish guy at whole foods and they are going to have some for Christmas but they are much smaller than what I wanted. At this point I thinkI am going to go that route though because once I accepted the fact that I was going to have to pay $70 for shipping I discovered that they can't deliver on Mondays! UGH.

                    At any rate, thanks for the help.

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                      sunshine842 RE: Kater Dec 12, 2012 12:49 PM

                      they can't deliver on Mondays -- not because of any failing on their part, but because if UPS/DHL/FedEx only pick up on Fridays (which is how they work), there is no possible way to deliver to you on Saturday or Sunday...(I think FedEx does, or used to do, a Saturday delivery option that is/was blindingly expensive) -- so it couldn't be delivered until Monday....which is far, far too long for not-frozen shrimp.

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                Kater RE: Kater Jan 28, 2013 08:33 PM

                OK I took the plunge and bought three pounds of Randy's Paradise Shrimp. I got the 10-15s they call them Jumbo. I chose 2nd day air which scared me but they said it was fine.

                The shrimp arrived on time, though they forgot to send a confirming tracking number, and the quality was spectacular! I was astonished. They arrive in a well insulated box with a special cold bag and ice packs.

                The texture was perfect. There is noting better than wild caught never frozen shrimp. I plan to order them again in a couple of months but I will probably get the Oh My God Shrimp - 6 per pound.

                I definitely recommend and don't be afraid of the 2 Day shipping.

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                  Puffin3 RE: Kater Jan 29, 2013 06:34 AM

                  I got these beauties off a shrimp boat in Cowichan Bay on Sunday. Five bucks a pound and she always adds a couple of extra handfuls for good luck. Two small Zip lock bags full in the freezer and the rest with corn pasta with sauteed garlic/fresh italian parsley/clarified butter/squeeze of fresh lemon juice
                  drop of truffle oil/a few red pepper flakes and a grind of black pepper. I didn't add the shrimp until literally less than a minute before serving on hot plates.

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                    Kater RE: Puffin3 Jan 29, 2013 08:19 AM

                    I am envious! In the frigid Northeast we have to have them shipped in! I've heard that you can get amazing shrimp and great prices if you're near the coast. I paid about $80 for 3 pounds of shrimp delivered. Maybe it was 85.

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