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

Food tech. guru Dave Arnold experimented with crustacean killing...mainly lobster, and mainly in search of quality. He wound up with the use of anesthesia as the best method...and probably most ...
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What is the most humane way to kill crayfish at home?

Timely question! As you've ascertained, any form of head-splitting with a knife -- as you would for crabs or lobsters -- is impractical for crayfish, simply because they are too small. Putting ...
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Does soaking in saltwater for 20 mins help cleanse mussels?

Where I come from (Portugal) it is quite common to see in most restaurants and establishments shellfish being soaked several hours to even days long before consumption, especially sand dwelling ...
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How do I know if water in supermarket's seafood tank is salty enough?

There are several ways to measure water salinity (water salt content), most are impractical for that situation. A very effective and quick way to measure salinity to use a salinity meter, these are ...
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Alternative to fish stock

I don’t know if there are commercially available products, but you can always make your own. My mom would regularly make shrimp stock from the heads and shells of shrimp. You can use the shells of ...
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Langouste and Langoustine, what's the difference?

Simply, langoustines are much smaller and a portion is several. A langouste is large; one would be big enough for 1--2 people. Other names for langoustines include (from wikipedia): Nephrops ...
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Non-shellfish Shrimp Substitutes?

Surimi, sold as imitation crab and sometimes shaped to look like chunks of lobster or even whole shrimp, can be a great substitute for shellfish in a number of recipes, but be aware that, if choosing ...
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Identify this seafood from the Black Sea known in Romanian as "rapane"?

The following method works better than a dictionary most of the time when you have to identify plants or animals. Open the Wikipedia home page, and search for "rapane" in Romanian. Result #1 is ...
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Shell-on Frozen Prawns and Power Outage

Without knowing the internal temperature of your freezer for the duration of the power outages this is impossible to answer. Since these are planned outages, I assume you have experienced them before....
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Non-shellfish Shrimp Substitutes?

Many people on here mention product sold in stores that resemble crab or shrimp. These items are generally made with pollock. That in itself is fine, HOWEVER, if you read the package they still use ...
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Is it okay to freeze fish at home, after it was only refrigerated in the supermarket?

This is a relatively common practice in my household, no harm has come from it to date, but do it at your own risk. One may say "Why buy fresh fish and freeze it, just buy it frozen instead, it is ...
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What is a good substitute for oyster sauce (for someone with a shellfish allergy)?

I Heart Umami has a great vegetarian oyster sauce made with shiitake and dates. The sauce tastes really umami rich and I love that it has no additives and easy to make. https://iheartumami.com/...
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What is a good substitute for oyster sauce (for someone with a shellfish allergy)?

A mixture of Hoisin and fish sauce will be close to what you seek as Fish sauce is very thin and watery whereas Hoisin sauce is thick, but sweeter than oyster sauce.
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Is ormer another name for abalone, or is it a related animal?

A quick search on google indicates that ormer is in the same grouping as abalone and sea snails, and is indeed a type of abalone.
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Soak clams with cornmeal: yes or no?

I worked in the seafood industry for over 13 years. Farm raised or commercial clams, do not need to be purged, because they have basically gone through a purging process, when they were stored. We ...
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Does the vendors’ storage method affect shellfish quality?

Keeping any seafood alive and healthy in water is difficult. The water needs to closely match the water from the fishery where it was caught, needs to be kept filtered, clean, oxygenated, and at the ...
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Does the vendors’ storage method affect shellfish quality?

For shellfish like clams and mussels, it's actually possible for a fishmonger to keep them alive. Keeping them in clean, cold, circulated SALT water is best, because that allows them to stay alive but ...
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Does the vendors’ storage method affect shellfish quality?

Temperature is the most important factor in shellfish storage. Also, keeping shellfish in fresh water (compared to sea water) is not a good thing. From the British Columbia Center for Disease ...
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How do I know if water in supermarket's seafood tank is salty enough?

Its pretty simple: if the shellfish are all dead and the tank is smelling like a Marseille sewer after the bouillabaisse festival? Then the water is too fresh. Many shellfish will tolerate a decent ...
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How do I know if water in supermarket's seafood tank is salty enough?

You cannot (technically, yes, you could, but practically, no) First, a store will not let you tamper with the tanks; either by taking sample or by prodding it with some tools (unless you are a real ...
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Debeard or purge mussels first?

Soak first, then debeard. I'm not sure that there is any real difference but everyone I've worked with, from grandmother to chef, from fisherman to fireman has done it that way. And there is something ...
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Shell-on Frozen Prawns and Power Outage

We experience power outages with every hurricane, so, frequently. The general rule of thumb is that frozen food will remain good for 3 days as long as you don't open the freezer door. The US FDA ...
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Shell-on Frozen Prawns and Power Outage

If you haven't prepared ahead and done the coin-on-ice trick that John W. mentioned in his comment, I would suggest that you look for something in your freezer that's 'IQF' (individually quick frozen)....
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How to differentiate sea prawns from farmed ones?

"Farm Raised" vs "Wild Caught"? There's a difference, just not a visual one. Because wild caught seafood is dependant on their ecosystem, they are ultimately going to have an, ever so slightly, ...
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Which seafood (excluding seaplants) contain no small bones and are high in Omega-3s?

Generally speaking large fish are often sold without bones and they are lare enough to be easy to avoid. If you dislike fish maybe you could try fresh tuna steak. It is the closest in appearance and ...
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Are cooked shrimp shells edible?

The fact is that the Prawn/shrimp shell/skin is edible item. But it depends only on how the item is cooked. If you cook a plain Prawn/shrimp in an electric oven at higher degree for longer duration(...
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What is a good substitute for oyster sauce (for someone with a shellfish allergy)?

There are several oyster sauce substitute options that are shell-fish free. Each comes with it’s own advantages and disadvantages. Soy sauce is the main ingredient in oyster sauce and probably your ...
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What is a good substitute for oyster sauce (for someone with a shellfish allergy)?

There's a recipe I use for Chinese greens in garlic. It involves frying about a clove of chopped garlic per helping in a neutral oil, not too hot, until it is just off turning golden. Not as far as ...
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Identify this seafood from the Black Sea known in Romanian as "rapane"?

In Ukraine these are sold preserved in jars with oil and spices, one of their kinds is called "Antalya". If they are popular in Turkey too, or this is just a marketing name - I don't know.
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