July 29, 2009

How to store fresh prawns and shrimps
All seafood, not only prawns or shrimps, should be stored in the refrigerator as soon as possible after purchase. It is best to cook the prawns on the day of purchase; however, they may be stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of three days, although 1 - 2 days would be better. Prawns and shrimps should be kept in the coldest part of the fridge, which is at the bottom, yet the ideal would be to store them in a bowl of ice in the fridge, as even the fridge temperature is not quite cold enough for the optimal storage conditions for this type of seafood. The prawns can be kept in their original packaging or can be transferred to an airtight container. They should also be kept in their shell until they are needed for cooking. If you buy frozen prawns or shrimp, store them in the freezer until you need to defrost them.

How to store crab
If you are buying live crabs, it is best to consume them when they are as fresh as possible, preferably on the same day, although they will keep safe in the fridge for up to two days. Put the live crabs in a bowl or a container where they can still breathe and cover them with damp paper towels or a damp cloth. Place them in a cold area of your refrigerator until you are ready to use them. Check on your crabs from time to time whilst they are in the fridge, as if they die, they should really be cooked immediately.

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