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Degas
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Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?

I googled this question and bumped into a couple of other forums where it was asked, and although there was a lot of speculation as to what makes shells hard to peel at times, it seemed that no one had a definitive answer, so...

The question is now posed to you, my sage friends. What factors contribute to this?


HeadyMurphey
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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
Overcooked


Politiceaux
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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
Overcooked. It's quite a challenge to undercook shrimp.


Littleman
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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
I bought some fresh shrimp once that were pretty small and I was gonna peel em raw to saute and put over pasta but I liked to never peeled em. The shells were almost impossible to peel off while they were fresh.


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TheRoarRestoredInBR
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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
As soon as I get them pink for a few minutes, it's straight into the colander ice bath.


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EWE TIGER
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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
IQF


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pooponsaban
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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
Besides overcooking, NEVER try to boil shrimp right off the boat. If they are "too fresh" the shells will stick. Give them at least a few hours on ice before boiling.


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Besides overcooking, NEVER try to boil shrimp right off the boat. If they are "too fresh" the shells will stick. Give them at least a few hours on ice before boiling.
Made this mistake once. Cooked them my normal way but they came out like they were overcooked by 5 minutes.


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Degas
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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
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If they are "too fresh" the shells will stick. Give them at least a few hours on ice before boiling.
Sorry to sound like Harold McGee, but what is the physical cause of this phenomenon?

Thanks for the tip.



pooponsaban
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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
When fishing with live shrimp or handling very fresh shrimp you'll notice that there is no give between the shell and the body. After putting them on ice for a few hours you'll notice some give or separation. I'm guessing that the extreme cold causes the meat to pull way from the shell.

That's just my experience. Very scientific...I know.
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Count Chocula
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That's just my experience. Very scientific...I know.


You mean like this (enzyme, membrame and protien seperation)

Image: http://www.jonbarron.org/sites/default/files/images/enzymes.jpg


Degas
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Walt OReilly
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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
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Overcooked



Degas
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Overcooked
...which is why I've never had a problem with this at home because nothing is overcooked under my watch.

I've noticed it's usually at some of the buffets, and I've never had easy to peel shrimp from LA Seafood for instance. I'm not inferring that they overcook theirs, but I don't buy them there anymore because of this.


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re: Why do shells sometimes stick to shrimp, making them hard to peel?
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Overcooked


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