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lovelsu
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Shrimp/Iodine taste


I had 5 lbs of shrimp that were huge. Cooked them this weekend (on the grill) but found they had a very strong idodine taste. It was so bad I could not eat them. My fiancee' says he did not notice but I found it overwelming and quit eating them. Does anyone know what causes this and is there anyway to get rid of the idoine taste?








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tigerdup07
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: Shrimp/Iodine taste


next time, soak them in lemon juice for a little while before putting on the grill.

oh, and wrap them with bacon to also kill the iodine taste.






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tavolatim
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re: Shrimp/Iodine taste


I think I would just pass on those shrimp(can't be healthy)....and let the market know about it...





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TigerSpy
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re: Shrimp/Iodine taste


What you are referring to as "iodine taste" is probably ammonia which is indicative of less than fresh shrimp having preservatives added to extend its life.





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JasonL
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re: Shrimp/Iodine taste


quote:

What you are referring to as "iodine taste" is probably ammonia which is indicative of less than fresh shrimp having preservatives added to extend its life.


I have never heard of ammonia used with shrimp. What sort of preservative are you talking about?






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lovelsu
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Crowley, LA
Member since Jan 2007
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re: Shrimp/Iodine taste


They were wrapped in bacon but I could still taste it. Cannot complain as they were given to me. I have heard of bleach being added to shrimp to make them look fresh but have not heard of amonia. I am not eating them and was ready to throw them out but my financee' does not taste it and said he was going to eat them. At least I am his benificary on his insurance!
Have heard of this but never experienced it and just wondered if it was due to the fact they were so large.






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Geaux2Hell
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re: Shrimp/Iodine taste


it also could have something to do with the type of shrimp they are. i have heard that deepwater gulf shrimp have a stronger "iodine" taste and are less sweet than varieties caught closer inshore.





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Catman88
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re: Shrimp/Iodine taste


I dont think he meant ammonia was added I think he meant that the break down of the shrimp from not being fresh causes an ammonia 'like' flavor.





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JasonL
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re: Shrimp/Iodine taste


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it also could have something to do with the type of shrimp they are. i have heard that deepwater gulf shrimp have a stronger "iodine" taste and are less sweet than varieties caught closer inshore.


Yes this is correct. Deeper water (live farther away from shore) brown shimp and sometimes white shrimp feed on more iodine rich foods. Iodine is naturally occuring out in deeper waters of the gulf. Deep water browns (the shells will be a redish brown color)tend to be a lot higher in idodine content than white shrimp.

Texas actually prefer the taste of browns over whites. I don't think the iodine can hurt you. It just comes down to what people grew up eating. Here in Louisiana people prefer whites because they are more abundant here.

And I have never heard of anyone using bleach on shrimp. Sodium Bisulfate (sp?) is used to clean some of the black off of older shrimp by some fisherman or even some retailers. If you soak it in water, ice, and sodium Bisulfate the black on shrimp will become less noticeable. Sodium bisulfate is a white powder by the way. This is not really harmful to people but it is not the best thing to do with shrimp because it will mask the age and freshness of the shrimp.



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