Raw prawn? Clams?

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Raw prawn? Clams?

Postby Kookaburra » Sun 02 May 2010 08:54

I searched Waisays, the free acne book, and the old forums but there were nothing mentioned about prawns. Are they okay to eat raw?
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Postby RRM » Sun 02 May 2010 14:44

At least one specie is very safe to eat raw. (and a few more are often consumed raw as well)
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Most species are not safe, as they are scavengers accumulating toxins.
Pandalus Borealis, however, is safe.
Its Ama Ebi in Japanese; 'Greenland prawn', caught in the north-west Atlantic ocean.
The entire catch is bought by the Japanese every year,
and some of that is sold to other countries. (peeled and frozen)
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Postby Kookaburra » Mon 03 May 2010 09:08

Thanks for the info! I tried searching google but couldn't find anything. What did you type? Have you tried raw prawns before? How do they taste?
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Postby RRM » Tue 04 May 2010 09:30

There's a lot of info about what prawns eat.
No, i didnt try any other prawns, as they are not safe.
I know about Ama Ebi because they are available in Japanese restaurants.
Ama Ebi is delicious; sweet, soft and a bit salty.
Really tasty.
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Postby RRM » Wed 12 May 2010 08:01

The funny thing about prawns is that particularly cooked and hand-peeled prawns are contaminated with St. Aurees
(1 to 2 mm wide shiny convex black colonies),
and involved with a staphylo-enterotoxicosis.
Thats because the production of toxins occurs once the prawn is deteriorating.
When you eat raw prawns, a 'bad' prawn tastes bad,
but when you cook it first, you may not taste the difference.

Shallow water prawns (not the Greenland prawns) and also clams caught in shallow salt water,
may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus
It multiplies in the range of 20-40°C, and can sometimes survive deep freezing.
Infection symptoms (up to a week max): stomach aches, diarrhea, fatigue and throwing up.
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Postby Kookaburra » Thu 13 May 2010 02:46

Why must prawns be peeled?
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Postby RRM » Thu 13 May 2010 15:12

For the same reason that you peel fruits such as bananas and oranges;
the edible part is inside.
Of course, if you cook/fry them thoroughly, you can eat the entire shrimp.
Also, all kind of organisms (including parasites) attach themselves to the outside.
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small clams and shrimp

Postby dandate2 » Mon 14 Feb 2011 11:21

well i got some very small clams and pre-peeled shrimp. i had an option between shrimp with shell intact and peeled but i took the peeled. mabye the shell intact shrimp would have tasted better? it was slimy and kind of tasteless; ended up giving up and boiling it for 2 minutes. the small clams were a pain in the ass to open, it tasted alright but i ate it with that muddy stuff inside (who knows what that is). I then realized i needed to clean it after suffering to open each one; gave up and boiled those for 2 minutes as well.

has anyone ate small shrimps and clams before or is it only worthwhile to go big?
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Re: small clams and shrimp

Postby abicahsoul » Mon 14 Feb 2011 11:28

I just add a question, I don't remember if I already asked, but I think not.
Anybody experience from raw frozen (or fresh) mussles?
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Re: small clams and shrimp

Postby dandate2 » Mon 14 Feb 2011 12:40

after further searching on youtube it seems i need to have a special clam knife
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Re: small clams and shrimp

Postby RRM » Mon 14 Feb 2011 17:37

Its not safe to eat just any shrimp, or clams.
Greenland prawns (Ama Ebi) and surfclams (Hokkigai) are okay. (see below.

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Re: Raw prawn? Clams?

Postby mario91 » Sat 15 Oct 2011 17:58

Is it safe to eat raw, peeled, frozen pink shrimp? Like those frozen bags they sell in supermarkets.
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Re: Raw prawn? Clams?

Postby abicahsoul » Sun 16 Oct 2011 13:22

They are not raw, they're cooked.. There are raw pink shrimp but they're rarer, and not usually sold in big bags.. :D They're sold for sushi..
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Re: Raw prawn? Clams?

Postby mario91 » Sun 16 Oct 2011 15:37

Oh I see... too bad for me then, bye bye shrimp :P
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Re: Raw prawn? Clams?

Postby mario91 » Sun 08 Apr 2012 18:38

Yesterday I just bought a bag of frozen non-pink shrimp... and I dried them at 63º for 5 hours. Are they safe to eat now? (If they're not, I'll cook them for someone else, won't be wasting).

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