Pandalus borealis is a species of shrimp found in cold parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In their 3-4 year lifespan, males can reach a maximum length 4.7” while females can reach a maximum length of 6.5” long. Shrimp are hermaphroditic. They start out male, but after a year or two, their testicles turn to ovaries and they complete their lives as females.
The species carapace ( upper body shell) is a source of chitosan, a versatile chemical used for different applications as treating bleeding wounds, filter wine or improving soil for organic farming.
Northern SHRIMP*: To PEEL for meat, shrimp must be soaked/covered with fresh water a minimum of 8 hours!!! UNCOOKED, raw Shrimp meat can then be frozen (small amount of water with the air squeezed out -) or kept refrigerated for a couple of days.
When cooking whole, headed or peeled, it is critical to not overcook the sweet and delicate shrimp by removing from heat as soon as shrimps start to curl and change color (60 seconds). Depending on the recipe, we cook separately (shrimp release a lot of liquid and cooks so fast) and then add later. Shrimp off-the-boat has no antibiotics, hormones or additives/preservatives to increase shelf-life.
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