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Jason Perlow

Shrimp Boil

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Fifi just recently posted an interesting question about her shrimp boil on a recent eGullet thread:

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?s=&act...=ST&f=3&t=20533

Any pointers, Brooke?

EDIT: Please see Brooke's quoted response from the thread below.


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Jason Perlow

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Fifi--

You started a great debate! I wish I could help you! Jason says New England does shrimp boils, but he obviously is not a true Yankee. Jason - in New England, LOBSTER is king! The only shrimp caught fresh in New England waters are the tiny Maine shrimp that have a brief season in the winter. And, as a matter of fact, their thin, papery shells do make them hard to peel. All other shrimp we buy here is frozen - and most have thick shells that just kind of slip off. Some fish markets around here are have started doing this wonderful thing of slicing part way through the shell and rinsing out the vein, which also has the added benefit of making them even easier to peel, either raw or cooked.

Your shrimp boil tradition sounds fabulous! I've always wanted to go to one. Enjoy it, and just be thankful that your get get 'em that fresh!

Brooke Dojny


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Fifi--

You started a great debate! I wish I could help you! Jason says New England does shrimp boils, but he obviously is not a true Yankee. Jason - in New England, LOBSTER is king! The only shrimp caught fresh in New England waters are the tiny Maine shrimp that have a brief season in the winter. And, as a matter of fact, their thin, papery shells do make them hard to peel. All other shrimp we buy here is frozen - and most have thick shells that just kind of slip off. Some fish markets around here are have started doing this wonderful thing of slicing part way through the shell and rinsing out the vein, which also has the added benefit of making them even easier to peel, either raw or cooked.

Your shrimp boil tradition sounds fabulous! I've always wanted to go to one. Enjoy it, and just be thankful that your get get 'em that fresh!

Brooke Dojny

I'm pals with a New Orleans Brass Band, and a couple summers ago, we did a gigantic crawfish boil. 80 lbs fresh, overnight trekked, corn, andouille, potatoes, garlic, onions, lemons, two packs of boil, king cake, watermelon, cornbread, and a 1/2 barrel of Heineken on a sweltering Summer afternoon. Truly a great memory. The only reasons I can't recreate it is because I lost the recipe for the boil, and also, I don't have an outdoor propane standstove.

If anyone has one, I want it.

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