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jennifer75
07-25-2008, 08:34 PM
I've had a sealed tray of shelled shrimp in the fridge since I bought it on Wed.....if I cook it up tonight is it still good?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-25-2008, 08:41 PM
Now, I'm not a preservation specialist, a nutritional anthropologist, or an expert on shelf life (nor do I play one on the 'net), but I've always let my nose be my guide. :)

And if I was in doubt, I threw it out.

A mistake isn't worth several days huggin' the john, countin' the floor tiles, and wishin' you'd just go ahead and die already. :D

CatSlave
07-25-2008, 08:44 PM
Smell it closely.
If there's even the slightest hint of non-freshness, toss.

Maryn
07-25-2008, 08:45 PM
I would trust my nose and my fingertips.

If the shrimp is cooked (that coral-pink-red shade), smells okay, and isn't slippery, then it should be fine.

If the shrimp is uncooked (grey), smells like the ocean, and is very slightly slippery, but it rinses off completely under cold running water, it's okay.

If seafood (fish or shellfish) smells off, it is off. That's a surer test than the slippery method.

Maryn, shrimp lover

joyce
07-25-2008, 08:47 PM
I'd go by the smell and feel test too. I'm allergic to shellfish but I've heard nothing is worse than getting sick off bad shellfish.

jennifer75
07-25-2008, 08:48 PM
If the shrimp is uncooked (grey), smells like the ocean, and is very slightly slippery, but it rinses off completely under cold running water, it's okay.



It is raw-still-in-the-shell-shrimp. And I bought it on Wed, it was packaged on the 21st.

Gravity
07-25-2008, 10:53 PM
Offer one to your cat. Seriously. Cats come by their finicky rep naturally, and won't touch anything that's even slightly "off". So give one to Fluffy and see if she eats it. If after an hour or so she hasn't gone paws up, I think you're probably okay.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-25-2008, 10:56 PM
Oh... and if you do eat it... come back (when/if you can) and let us know how it - uh - goes. :D

shawkins
07-25-2008, 11:10 PM
I've gotten sick off bad shellfish, but never off shrimp. Ditto all the stuff they said above about a slight odor and slightly slick (once shelled) texture being within acceptable parameters. I've tested on myself many, many times with no problems.

HOWEVER. The above does NOT apply to oysters. I love raw oysters, but I haven't had any in years and don't plan to ever again. I got ahold of a bad one once. <shudder> If I had to choose between going through that again or getting a kidney stone I'd pick the kidney stone. There is such a thing as an unacceptable risk. Fry your oysters.

Kitrianna
07-25-2008, 11:17 PM
Offer one to your cat. Seriously. Cats come by their finicky rep naturally, and won't touch anything that's even slightly "off". So give one to Fluffy and see if she eats it. If after an hour or so she hasn't gone paws up, I think you're probably okay.

That's a great idea. It's also how I check my milk. If I think it's off, I offer a bit to my older cat. If it's the least bit off, he won't touch it. Such a smart boy!