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Eliminating STPP taste in seafood

All of the IQF shrimp in local stores contain sodium tripolyphosphate. I am apparently very sensitive to the taste, or at least more so than my family members. It renders these shrimp inedible to me. ...
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Are Shrimp Sizes codified?

By this, I mean, are the names of the sizes regulated by an industry or government? I found this from a seafood wholesaler: Yet, my local supermarket has this ad, which appears to be 2 sizes off ...
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Why would mussels be gritty?

I've made my first attempt at cooking moules frites however I'm a bit disappointed with the results. The batch of mussels were purchased from an online fishmonger specialising in Cornish seafood in ...
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Sous vide octopus for maximum tenderness

A few years ago I had a delicious 15-hour slow-cooked (then charred) octopus at a japanese restaurant in New York. The flesh was moist and tender without being gelatinous, and I could sense the ...
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How do I prepare fresh clams for clam chowder?

I regularly prepare New England-style clam chowder with all fresh ingredients except for canned clams which I use out of convenience. I have been feeling guilty of trying to pass my recipe off as ...
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Frozen sea squirts: any suggests on cleaning/preparing?

I bought a pack of frozen sea squirts from Korean market. They are quite small - 3-4 cm long creatures. I dug all possible recipes about sea squirts, but all of them are about either alive or dried ...
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Does the location of where an octopus was imported from determine the flavor/quality of the meat?

I recently bought frozen octopus that was caught and imported from Portugal because the local stores were sold out of the octopus from Spain. There was also a package of octopus imported from Vietnam ...
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How to prepare tiny salted squid for cooking?

So, I have a bag of tiny salted squid. I love squid, but I've never cooked them and have no idea what to do with this. They're whole, and the bag says that they've been steamed, but I don't know if ...
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How to fry sepia?

How to make sepia tender and tasty? It seems to me that there is a great disagreement in the literature on how to achieve that. Advice varies from frying it very hot (300°C) for short times, to ...
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Is the white hemolymph that comes out of a lobster (when boiling) edible?

I know most parts of a lobster are edible except for what was afore mentioned in your content. But there is no mention of the hemolymph, the white substance that comes out of a fresh, live lobster ...
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are the larger snails in Hawaii edible?

We live in Hawaii and their are lots of larger (really big) land snails. I don't know if I can eat one but I was wondering if it can be eaten. If it can be eaten, how would it be best to prepare ...
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Should I be suspicious of meat/seafood on sale?

Recently a local grocery store had a sale where Fresh Salmon Fillets, apparently normally $6.99/lb, were dropped down to $1.99/lb. My parents were all too eager to load the car with 20lb of salmon ...
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How do I keep Clam juice

I have about three gallons of clam juice, after steaming about 400 clams. How can I safely keep, can, or store this much juice for further use?
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How to clean an octopus - and is it worth it

I've bought an octopus from my fish monger, but, when I asked if he could clean it, he openly admitted he's never done octopus before and doesn't know how. Well, neither I do but I've taken it on ...
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Frozen prawns - blue dye

I'v been given some prawns from parents where they bought in bulk. The prawns leak a blue dye? Does anyone know if this is normal?
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Americans and Shrimp Heads

I personally hate the texture, so I avoid shrimp heads. Given that I've only been to a handful of American restaurants that serve shrimp with the heads or shells attached, I'd bet I'm not alone. But ...
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Can I grill a whole octopus without pre-steaming or poaching?

My local awesome fish market sells whole octopi, and my friend is having a BBQ. I figured nothing would be cooler than showing up with a whole octopus to throw on the grill, but most recipes I'm ...
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How to prepare cockles for cooking?

I collected some cockles from the beach today and would like to try cooking them tomorrow. In the meantime I have soaked the cockles in tap water and I have added some salt into it. I have not put ...
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Tips for cooking seared tuna just right?

I'm awfully fond of seared tuna, and I have the recipe down pat. However, I'm rarely 100% satisfied with the results searing part- I typically overshoot on the thickness of the cooked layer. For the ...
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Will a fishmonger or bait shop clean a fish you caught for a fee?

I love fishing, especially saltwater surfcasting, but up until now it's been mostly "catch and release" - this summer I would like to try fresh-caught striped bass or bluefish. I am terrible at ...
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At what point (after clams die) are they ok to eat

I bought clams yesterday they were all closed. I put them in room temperature water overnight (with 3% salt). Not in fridge. Now 50% are open. 50% have their tongues hanging out. The main question ...
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How long should I steam squid and cuttlefish?

I have read that the squid and cuttlefish are more tender if they are cooked in less than 3 minutes in a pan. But what about steam cooking, how much time does it need?
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How to stop sea bass fillets from sticking to foil

I've cooked sea bass before on 220 degrees centigrade for 15 minutes baked in the oven. I get some foil and place it on a baking tray and cover it in a thin layer of olive oil. I then place the ...
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Is Yellow coloring inside a fish normal?

I recently purchased a Bronzini fish from a local market. From the outside it looks great. But on the inside, a portion of the fish is a mucusy yellow The other side looks normal ...
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If I have large calamari tentacles, can I achieve the same taste and texture as with small ones?

I've tried cooking large calamari tentacles (about 2in at their thickest) with little success. The first time I tried the classic fast-grilling method, but, obviously, they came out raw in the middle. ...
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What part of the squid is edible?

Is the part of the squid right above the tentacles edible? I think it's the bottom of the body, I've never cooked squid before. I washed it under cold water and felt it carefully with my fingers and I ...
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Are modifications to a recipe needed to use frozen scallops instead of fresh?

I'm looking to try this recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/11/french-in-a-flash-broiled-scallops-provencale-recipe.html. I have frozen scallops, and though it doesn't specify, I suspect ...
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Razor clams good or bad?

I bought some razor clams today and all of them were open with their "tongue" or meat coming out of the shell. When I got home I noticed they had a really strong smell to them. This is the first time ...
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Is fresh cod with worms safe to eat?

I have recently noticed a rather large amount of small worms in the fresh cod I am buying. I have tried to take them out as much as I can and of course have spoken to my fish supplier about them, but ...
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How to best barbecue calamari/squid?

Is is possible at all to barbecue uncooked calamari (tubes) without getting them tough? If so, how should it be done? Are there any preparations (marinade?) which may help to get them soft? Does the ...
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Can a few bad (dead) mussels harm a larger batch?

I realize there are numerous related questions on freshness of mussels: Fresh mussels, or are they? How do I determine if my mussels are fresh? I couldn't find exactly what I'm looking for. So ...
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How long to cook seafood in paella?

This recipe for seafood paella says to add mussels, prawns, squid and monkfish to the paella pan 5 minutes before finishing, stir and then cover with a lid. I made this twice and I have never been ...
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How do you cook calamari / squid and avoid making it tough?

I am having a hard time with this seemly simple 'snack'. The calamari and squid is usually given to me by my neighbor who is a seafood monger. It's frozen and a mix of baby octopus and squid ...
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How to prepare Squid to avoid sperm

I was just reading about how some people when eating Squid have ended up with Squid sperm in their mouth and it is painful (and not that appetising for me) so I am wondering how to make sure when your ...
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Is it bad to double freeze seafood?

I like to buy 11 lb boxes of squid at my local fish market. They come frozen so, in order to process them (clean and package into smaller units), I have to defrost them. Once I prepare individual ...
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What is the difference between Clam Chowder and New England style?

What makes clam chowder a New England style vs. some other style?
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How can I save my mussels?

For the record this is my first post here, so hopefully it is on topic I do mean the fishy kind, not the strongman kind: I bought a kg of mussels but I have never cooked them before so I asked the ...
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How to know if frozen clams are good when cooked

I have some live clams in the refrigerator that I would like to freeze because I will not be able to use them in time. My question is, how will I know which are good when I steam them later. Will they ...
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How many people would a bushel of average sized blue crabs feed?

I am getting a bushel of crabs tomorrow morning for football and dont know how many people to invite over. How many people do you think would all be able to have a good amount to eat out of a bushel ...
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Would smoked chicken work well in paella?

I am not a chef, I just like to cook. Tomorrow I am making paella for a bunch of people, and I am leaning towards following this recipe. I was wondering, however, if it would be okay to swap the two ...
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how to have fresh steamed bluecrabs in the late afternoon that I buy live in the morning

I have a pretty awesome live blue crab hookup, but I can only get crabs there super early in the morning. I want to have a crab feast this coming weekend, but wont be able to have company over until ...
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How to steam clams?

A friend of mine (professional seafood cook) told me to steam mussels fast and furious until they burst open. Yesterday, I mixed mussels and clams. The mussels opened up perfectly, but the clams were ...
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How to cook squid to get rid of the 'urine' flavor? What causes that flavor?

My brother-in-law and his buddy caught a big squid on a fishing trip awhile ago. They fired up a camp fire and proceeded to cook the squid. Once it was done, the took a bite and to their surprise it ...
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Any methods to make prawns more “crunchy” (bite/tear off easily)

I notice that my prawns does not really get bite/tear off easily based on the way I prepare and cook my prawns - I tear off the shell, put them on a bowl. When ready to cook, I just thrown them ...
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Should I skin the common sole for pan?

I have already cooked a common sole once before, and have skinned only the upper side (the dark side). The result was quite tasty. However, some people say that there's no need to skin it. For what ...
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How can i preserve squid ink

I clean my own squids and I want to preserve the ink for later use. I was wondering what to do with the ink sac. Should I collect the ink in a little jar and freeze it? Or how long will it last in ...
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Are heads of shrimps safe to eat in US?

I wonder if heads of shrimps bought from US grocery stores are safe to eat.
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Identify this seafood from the Black Sea known in Romanian as “rapane”?

Here on the Black Sea in Romania people are eating a shellfish called in Romanian "rapane" which they translate as "oyster" when I ask. But they are elongated spiral shells which to me look nothing ...
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How can I cook trout without generating horror stories?

I bought some frozen trout filets, pre-seasoned. As instructed on the box, I left one in the fridge yesterday to thaw overnight. Today -- also as instructed on the box -- I put the stove on ...
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Can the broth from a low country boil be used for anything else?

For those who might not know what a low country boil is; it's basically potatoes, corn, sausage, shrimp (and crab or lobster) boiled all together with seasonings (usually seafood boil packets, lemons, ...