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zackly Feb 17, 2014 12:28 PM

I worked in sales/marketing in the shrimp industry for twenty years after I left the kitchen. What blows my mind is that in America, where we prefer our shrimp headless, the heads are not utilized. I always thought if I was going to start a business it would be processing wild Gulf shrimp heads to make great soups, stocks or bases. There's so much flavor in the heads which could be extracted by heat or even cold pressed. Now that I'm too old to pursue this, please somebody grab this opportunity a make a million. It's such a waste!

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2 Replies and 4 Comments . Latest Feb 21, 2014 by Dimbo
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    Billy33 02/18/14  6:45PM

    Or someone should dredge them in flour, deepfry them and make sell them as shrimp-head snacks. That's what I do with my shrimp heads. Yummy!!!

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    Candy 02/18/14  3:30PM

    This is not an idea or advice but I must tell of the time I was in a seafood mkt. in Florida. A woman came in while I was getting finished with my order. She asked for shrimp. The clerk pointed to the shrimp in front of her. They had heads on and she protested that they were not shrimp. The person waiting on her said sure they are and took one out of the case to show her. He pulled off the head, she was so shocked that she could not get out of there fast enough. She spun her tires on gravel attempting to flee. We all got a good laugh.

    BTW, the Kroger I shop in, here in Indiana sells head on raw shrimp.

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    2. @Candy - I love that story. I can't imagine what the lady thought shrimp were. Maybe she thought they were some extruded product that didn't contain any animal products whatsoever!

      @Candy - I love that story. I can't imagine what the lady thought shrimp were. Maybe she thought they were some extruded product that didn't contain any animal products whatsoever!


      Billy33 Feb 18, 2014 06:42 PM
    3. As for a non-meat thing. I heard or read somewhere the persons mother and father and they all went out for dinner. Mom ordered calamari. When it arrived and she had one and one of the kids remarked that he/she didn't know that mom liked squid. That was the only bite she had. Seems to be that mom thought is was some sort of fried pasta,

      As for a non-meat thing. I heard or read somewhere the persons mother and father and they all went out for dinner. Mom ordered calamari ... Read more


      Candy Feb 21, 2014 11:33 AM
    4. I used to sell calamari. It's rarely marketed as squid because Americans prefer the word calamari.

      I used to sell calamari. It's rarely marketed as squid because Americans prefer the word calamari.


      zackly Feb 21, 2014 12:09 PM
    5. Calamari is like "mahi mahi"...we call it dolphin here in the South. People who don't fish would assume that it was porpoise.

      Calamari is like "mahi mahi"...we call it dolphin here in the South. People who don't fish would assume that it was porpoise.


      Dimbo Feb 21, 2014 05:18 PM
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