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What is the most humane way to kill crayfish at home?

Signal crayfish are an invasive species in the UK. They are also really tasty and catching them can be a fun picnic activity for adults and children. A recent study has found that they, along with ...
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Alternative to fish stock

My wife has a strange variation of the common seafood allergy; rather than being allergic to shellfish, she can only eat shellfish but reacts badly to finfish (trout, salmon, cod, etc.). I love ...
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Debeard or purge mussels first?

In the process of cleaning mussels, should I be letting them purge, then remove the beards? Does the order not matter? I ask because I don’t want to give the mussels any discouragement of purging and ...
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How do I know if water in supermarket's seafood tank is salty enough?

Undoubtedly no body is to taste water tank in supermarkets with live seafood! Don't ask me rely on supermarket salespeople. When I ask, they either don't know or can't answer straight. They say "Oh ...
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Does the vendors’ storage method affect shellfish quality?

For the same shellfish (like Little Neck clams), Some supermarkets keep them in tanks with running water: While other supermarkets fridge them dry, without water: Does the storage method affect ...
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Shell-on Frozen Prawns and Power Outage

I love everything from the sea, but am a little squeamish when it comes to cooking shellfish etc. myself I have a large bag of Frozen, shell-on Black Tiger prawns, as well as two trays of 'Jumbo' ...
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Does soaking in saltwater for 20 mins help cleanse mussels?

After reading both sides of the debate (cp. beneath), I can't make up my mind! I live in Toronto, Canada. I buy my mussels from Diana's Seafood or Loblaws. Evidence for soaking in salt water for ...
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How to differentiate sea prawns from farmed ones?

Is there a way to differentiate sea prawns from farmed ones based on appearance? Can we differentiate it based on Color of prawn, structure etc?
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Is ormer another name for abalone, or is it a related animal?

I've seen a recipe for ormer that requires it to be beaten a lot before stewing for a long time, and I've seen abalone recipes that are quick and easy.
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Which seafood (excluding seaplants) contain no small bones and are high in Omega-3s? [closed]

I really, really hate fish with a lot of small bones - I know it's edible, but it's just disgusting to me, and the feeling of it getting stuck on my gums or throat... UGHHH (sprats, anyone? Haha) ...
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Langouste and Langoustine, what's the difference?

In France, you often see both "langouste" and "langoustine" used to describe edible orange crustaceans. What is the difference between the two? Both look the same to me, are they different species? ...
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Is it okay to freeze fish at home, after it was only refrigerated in the supermarket?

Let's say you buy packaged fish from the supermarket, which was kept cool, but not frozen, by their commercial refrigerators. The wisest thing to do would be to prepare and consume this at the ...
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Are black prawns safe to eat

I bought some prawns yesterday at a supermarket. Although displayed on the fish counter with fresh fish, they were clearly frozen or partially frozen. I put them in the fridge over night. Today, I'...
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How long will canned cooked clams last in fridge after opened? [duplicate]

How long will canned cooked clams last after can has been opened- and been refrigerated? OK to eat after 7 days? (No weird smell detected)
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How to store live scallops?

I bought some really fresh live scallops from the pier today. I was planning on making something with them immediately as it is best when absolutely fresh. However plans change and I wasn't able to ...
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What is a good substitute for oyster sauce (for someone with a shellfish allergy) that is also allergic to mushrooms? [duplicate]

I just started to teach myself to cook some Chinese food recipes however a great deal involve oyster sauce. When trying to look up alternatives everything kept saying a form of mushroom sauce. Problem ...
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What is a good substitute for oyster sauce (for someone with a shellfish allergy)?

I've recently developed a shellfish allergy, and I'm not sure what the best substitute for oyster sauce would be. I've read that the flavor of it is not really easily substitutable. What is the best ...
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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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Are cooked shrimp shells edible?

Some Chinese shrimp dishes like the spicy garlic shrimp is served with the shell still on but head removed. Since the shell was on during cooking, the seasoning is all over it. Are you supposed to ...
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Soak clams with cornmeal: yes or no?

Many cook books advise that fresh clams should be soaked in salt water with a bit of corn meal added. The purpose is that the clams will consume the corn meal, thereby cleansing their gut of sand. ...
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What is redshell sushi or rødskjell sushi?

This is a rødskjell sushi in Norwegian (where I point with the sticks) and translated as redshell sushi in English. I am trying to find what it is. They have used some green to roll it around, it is ...
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Is there something wrong with this scallop residue?

After cooking scallops in oil in non-stick pan, I cleaned up and there was a white hard substance left stuck to the pan. It felt like plastic. These scallops were fresh caught one day before using, ...
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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 to tell if frozen mussels are good?

I live a far distance from any body of salt water, so the only mussels available are packaged frozen mussels. I have always heard that cooked mussels must open or they are not good to eat, but when ...
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What's the minimum time to cook raw prawns?

I typically cook raw prawns in boiling water for around 3 minutes. If they go over a little bit longer they can tend to become rubbery. Is there a minimum/optimum time a raw prawn should be boiled?
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Where can I buy fresh water prawns?

Seafood Watch persuaded me that I ought to experiment with fresh water prawns in my cooking. Problem: I'm in central Texas, and I can't find any. The local fish markets and grocers offer no leads, ...
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Non-shellfish Shrimp Substitutes?

When I was young, I loved shrimp, crab and lobster. Sometime in my twenties, I started to develop a mild allergic reaction to them (i.e. tingling in the throat), so I have for the past years been ...
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What causes the difference between Maine and Canadian lobsters?

In a first-season episode of the US TV show Kitchen Nightmares, the well-known chef Gordon Ramsay states that there's a "big difference [in] taste and flavor" between Maine lobsters and Canadian ...
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Is it possible to extract the allergens from shellfish?

What exactly is it in shellfish that people are allergic to, and is it possible to extract those chemicals from them?
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How do you know when mussels are done?

I bought 1/2 pound of mussels and cooked them in a cast iron skillet with a little white wine and some shrimp stock on boiling heat. Almost all of them opened after about 15 minutes, some did not. ...
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How do I cook scallops?

I like my scallops caramelized a bit, but every time I fry them I make an enormous mess. Oil splatters everywhere. Any tips? Should I grill them? Can I use the oven? (I try to use scallops ...
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