Cleaning & Preparation



It is best to ice down your shrimp as soon as possible after you get out of the water. We place the shrimp in large gallon or two gallon Zip-Loc bags, add ice to the bag and then lay them in our cooler filled with ice, layering them with a top layer of additional ice. They stay there until we are ready to take their heads off. It is best to ice your shrimp down immediately even if you are going to clean them right away. The ice forces the shrimp into a hibernation state and makes them easier to clean. If you don't use ice, expect the shrimp to twitch and jump all over the place while you are trying to clean them. This can be especially unpleasant for those ill at ease with handling live animals and can result in a painful poke in the hands by the shrimp's front or rear spine. Save yourself the pain and hassle - ice them down immediately.

OK, you caught a bucket of shrimp and you have gone through the effort of cleaning all of them in preparation for freezing. You think a few of them are 'monsters' and some others are 'beasts' or 'gargantuan.' Some are 'griller's,' a lot are 'Alfredo' shrimp and a few are 'salad' shrimp. What does all that mean? To me, if I caught a monster, I'd start questioning whether the water was contaminated. Gargantuan is a little obscure and I have a very wide latitude when it comes to what I will put on a grill. I love to throw some pretty decent size shrimp into my salads and pasta Alfredo too.

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