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How to Clean Shrimp (Video)

Knowing how to properly prepare your food is extremely important to your health. Shrimp can be a particularly tricky food to navigate in the kitchen, but not for you! Executive Chef Ben Pollinger, author of SCHOOL OF FISH, demonstrates how to clean shrimp like a pro…

Once you have your catch, get it home as soon as possible. If you have a ways to go, ask if your fish can be packed with a plastic bag of ice. At home, given that the optimum temperature for storing fish is 32°F and your refrigerator is about 40°F, unless you’re cooking the fish immediately it will stay fresher if you store it on ice. Wrap fillets and steaks in resealable plastic bags. Fill a baking dish with ice and place the fish on top of the ice. Whole fish can be stored directly in the ice. Replace the ice as it melts.

Shrimp: Refrigerate shrimp in the shell on ice in a colander in a baking dish. Refrigerate shelled shrimp as you would fish fillets and steaks.

What’s next? Learn how to clean shrimp in the video below:

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Excerpted from School of Fish by Ben PollingerCopyright © 2014 by author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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