Date: 18 January 2015. 5 Pounds of Shrimp (how to find discount
Gosh, I do so love shrimp. Given a choice between
shrimp and lobster, most of the time I'd pick the plate full of shrimp. They are
tasty, not too costly and simply amazing. Although I cannot eat five
pounds at one sitting, I can put a dent in the platter for certain.
It's my favorite.
For proof positive of my shrimp
proclivities, read the
On the Gulf of
Mexico in years past the shrimp industry was large and robust. It still
continues however the number of active shrimp boats is declining.
Fortunately the quality of shrimp has not deteriorated. This year
they have been spectacularly wonderful.
Between trips the shrimp boats dock along the Carrabelle River. During those days work is being done to
the mechanical aspects of the vessels. Engines need maintenance. Ice
machines have their quirks that must be addressed.
And it's a working
boat: things break and must be repaired.
While at the dock, fees are
charged by the pier owner. Water for the onboard ice makers isn't free.
Diesel is not inexpensive either.
How to find
diesel at a great price:
If you're aboard a cruising boat and need a quantity
of fuel, definitely ask the local shrimp boat captain. He will
know who has the best prices. Those captains know the local
You can also be assured the fuel sold is
Rollin Stone leaves with full fuel and water tanks on a trip to
gather fresh shrimp.
Owners Louise and Jerry are just
the nicest folks you could want to meet. After many decades they
still love each other and for me, well, that's really special. I
admire people who stay married happily for decades. It gives me
Still, it's simple to know when a trip has been
successful. It is just past dawn and the below unnamed shrimp boat is
heading into port. Take a look at this picture and see if you can
read the tell-tale clues:
Seagulls. Yes, the lowly seagull
knows there is something delicious in the hold of that fishing boat
and they are flying along, hoping for a handout.
As for me, a five pound bag of
shrimp is all I need for happiness. On the left is five pounds with
the heads on. That's a one quart freezer bag incidentally. After
taking the heads off, I've got just better than three pounds to
Shrimp Scampi aboard Seaweed
Butter (the real thing)
Fresh garlic (minced)
I also de-vein the shrimp.
Even a neophyte can become expert in just five pounds. Honest!
After peeling, I take a
knife and slit down the back. You'll want to cut about the
thickness of a penny -- not too deep. Then simply pluck out
the vein. Generally I grab it in my fingers and tug gently. It
comes out with one steady pull.
Melt the butter in your
fry pan. On medium heat cook the onions until nearly golden.
Then add the minced garlic. Shrimp in a single layer is your
next addition. Turning once, sauté the shrimp until pink and
I'd show you a picture
but there are no more. You see, I did them all at one time,
thinking "leftovers" and there really were some. But then I
put a DVD in my player, and proceeded to snack just a smidgen.
Many little treats later I realized the extra for tomorrow had
disappeared. I wonder how that happened...
I'm a little stuffed, so will say "Good night all."
Tomorrow I'll visit Rollin Stone and see if there are more shrimp tucked
aside. I cannot imagine what happened to the last batch?!?
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And have you ever snacked on the doggy bag (from a restaurant) in the car
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