Shrimp is one of the most popular delicacies that the sea world has to offer. You, like many people, maybe a fan of this tasty little creature. You might be fond of cooking it regularly. If that’s the case, then perhaps you should keep on reading this article as it may have a couple of tips that may interest you.
Shrimps are great for a number of reasons. They are the kind of food that’ll give you a good dose of protein without the downside of a high number of calories. It makes a great part of a healthy diet if you’re trying to watch what you eat. You can add to that the fact that they can be cooked in a variety of ways. You can throw some in your Salad Spinner, add them to your soup, or even use them as a topping on your Canned Pizza Sauce.
There are a bunch of recipes that make great use of shrimps. But it doesn’t really matter how you cook them. Shrimps are just naturally, ridiculously tasty.
But the taste is not the only thing that makes shrimp such amazing food. Shrimp can also be quickly and easily cooked. We can’t really think of any other foods that can be prepared well in the span of only 5 minutes. They’re the kind of thing can help out big time whenever guests show up. And the reality of the matter is, the list of comparable foods is quite short.
But don’t expect them to be perfect. Shrimps do have a downside, one major flaw. These little fellas are as loved by bacteria as they are by us humans, and not just when they’re raw. Even after cooking them, there is still a potential risk of your shrimp going bad after a short while. What we’re saying here is that shrimp needs to be prepared correctly and stored properly to avoid any chances of spoilage.
If the proper and correct methods are not used, you open up the possibility for your family members to get sick because of it. So, we recommend that pay attention to all the details concerning the preservation of cooked shrimp that we’ll be discussing. But we also recommend that you look up any further details that might help you understand the principles of proper food handling and storage.
So, let’s say you, one day, prepare some shrimp. And when everything is done, when everyone had had their stomach full of food, you still end up with a whole lot of leftover shrimp. It would be a real shame to throw it all away in the Garbage Disposal, so you decide to keep it. How should you do that? Let’s find out!
Generally, How Long Does Cooked Shrimp Last?
Grab a Dining Chair and take a seat, because this question doesn’t have a simple answer.
Like in most other foods, a number of variables factor in the answer to this matter. You have to be informed about the sell by/use by date. You should also consider the fashion in which the shrimp was prepared and also how fast were you to hide them away in storage.
Of course, the sooner and the quicker, the better. Once you’re done with them, be as fast as you can in storing the shrimp. And obviously, cold temperature is your friend in this situation. So, your best choice is to put them in the fridge or Compact Refrigerator if you can, or even in the Chest Freezer if you have one. But let’s discuss other options just to make sure we cover multiple things.
Room Temperature Storage
This isn’t the best of ideas, generally speaking. The only situation in which this would be an acceptable thing to do is if you plan on finishing the shrimps in the span of an hour. If you keep shrimps out at room temperature for more than two hours, we don’t recommend that you keep them. Here’s what you should know:
- Within 2 to 3 hours, and in room temperature above 40°F, cooked shrimp will be the food of bacteria, and it will become unconsumable.
- For room temperatures around 90°F, you only have one hour to clean up your plate.
So basically, this is not a very bright idea. The fridge remains your best friend.
Did we mention that this is the best way to store shrimp? Well before you jump to do so, keep a couple of things in mind. Don’t put the shrimp in the fridge until it has cooled down a bit on the Cooling Rack after cooking it. Also, as we’ve talked before, the biggest amount of time you’re allowed to let the shrimp cool down after cooking is 2 hours at room temperature. After that, to the fridge.
So, with all of that in mind, keeping your shrimp in the fridge will preserve it will make it last for as much as four days. But to have the optimal result, package the shrimp properly. Putting it in an airtight bag is one way to go. If you don’t have any of those bags, aluminum foil will do. But we’d still prefer you use a bag. Other options include using an appropriate Food Storage Container, a FoodSaver, or a Fish Poacher.
Here’s the deal with the freezer: It’s a bargain. You will get incredible results from it when it comes to fending off bacterial infestation. But at the same time, the texture and taste may not remain the same. So, for our cooked shrimp, some claim that it can remain edible for an indefinite period of time.
But keep in mind the fact that the feeling and the taste may not remain as you’re used to with freshly-cooked shrimp.
So, if you bag them up and keep them at a constant 0°F, they’ll be fine for up to nine months. But to try and preserve the eating experience of the shrimp, to keep the authentic taste and texture as much as you can, we recommend the consumption of the shrimp within the first three months of its preparation.
When the time comes for you to take the shrimp out to serve it, bring them out and keep them in the fridge the night before. There may be some unfortunate mishaps along the way. For example, you might wake up the next day to find that what used to be shrimp is now just a pool of liquid. That’s not so bad if you think about it. Maybe you can’t serve the shrimps as they are, but they can be used in other various ways in other recipes. That’s why you need to make sure to determine whether you’re going to use the Gas Cooktop, Indoor Grill, or Convection Oven before storing the shrimp.
After Being Thawed, How Long Does Cooked Shrimp Last?
After you properly thaw the shrimp (by placing it in the fridge and not outside), it can be kept in the refrigerator for as much as 4 more days.
But if you decide to thaw it in cold water, the Microwave or at room temperature, you’ll have no choice but to consume it immediately, not more than two hours after taking it out of the freezer.
Signs of Bad Shrimp
All the sensory organs that you have in your body are your best ally in determining whether or not shrimp is safe to be eaten.
First things first, take a good look at the shrimp. If you notice any discoloring or alteration in shape, they’re not good anymore.
Of course, the smell is one of the dead giveaways. One good sniff will tell you all you need to know. If it’s unpleasant and fishy, it’s probably more suited for the dumpster.
In the end, touching the shrimp can give you strong indications. If the shrimp sticks to your finger of if you feel that it has become slimy, then you should have no more doubts. It’s bad.
In any case, avoid tasting it to know if it’s edible or not. Ingesting even a small piece can make you very regretful.
Shrimps are too good to be dispensed of so easily. If you find yourself stuck with a big cooked pile filling the Dinnerware Set. Consider the tips we’ve mentioned in this article because it can really save you a lot of trouble if you know what you’re doing. So, know exactly how you plan on eating the shrimp and which method goes best with your plan.
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