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Old 09-09-2012, 07:50 AM   #1
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Buying Shrimp

Does it matter to you whether you purchase wild caught or farm raised? IMO, farm raised doesn't have a lot of flavor.

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Old 09-09-2012, 08:47 AM   #2
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Does it matter to you whether you purchase wild caught or farm raised? IMO, farm raised doesn't have a lot of flavor.
I prefer fresh wild caught gulf shrimp. Of course that is not what I can always get.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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I think wild caught is usually the best tasting. If you're having a meal where the shrimp is main focus of the dish, I feel like it's the best choice. If you're just chopping it up to make something like shrimp salad, it probably doesn't matter. I would try to stay away from shrimp imported from Asia or South America, though, as much of it is farm raised in polluted environments or doused with antibiotics.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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My dad used to have to go to New Orleans every now and again...he'd bring back 20 lb of fresh shrimp. I think it was "wild caught." It was soooooooo good. We'd steam it and eat it cold....best shrimp I've ever had. Or maybe that is like remembering things that were SOOOOO BIG when one was a child. He'd also fly back from Boston with live lobster...probably can't do that anymore...I used to bring live lobster home on the plane from Boston or Maine as well back in the days that I traveled there for work.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:26 AM   #5
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IMHO there is all the difference in the world. Wild caught shrimp has much more flavor. There used to be any number of roadside sellers of shrimp between here and the Outer Banks. Last time I went that way, I didn't see but a few. Maybe it was bad timing on my part or maybe the regulations regarding such sales have changed. I reckon I need to find out.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:41 AM   #6
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I will have to look at the packaging on frozen shrimp to see if they are wild caught. I just thought frozen shrimp were watery, tasteless, and rubbery, so I never bought them. I admit I got that impression from the shrimp platters that people bring to potlucks or serve at parties (not necessarily this brand):

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Old 09-09-2012, 10:50 AM   #7
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I'm always on the lookout for wild caught, U.S. shrimp. When we go to Mexico, their wild caught shrimp is also excellent, very sweet.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:01 AM   #8
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The best shrimp I ever had were wild caught Danish shrimp. They were a special tiny kind, less than an inch in diameter.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #9
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The farmed shrimp usually come fom Thailand, Vietnam or China ...

They are said to be raised in less than sanitary conditions.

I avoid them if i can.
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:21 PM   #10
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Asia (and other countries) have gone to farming shrimp because of the polluted waters , it got into the shrimp. Also over fishing along with the polluted waters has greatly reduced their numbers.

These days, it's getting harder to find places selling shrimp that isn't farmed.

I find farmed shrimp are somewhat mushy, less colorful and less tasteful than wild caught.
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