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comment by ButterflyEffect
ButterflyEffect  ·  959 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Boxed Mac and Cheese Became a Pantry Stable

Flashbacks to my college dorm...





kleinbl00  ·  958 days ago  ·  link  ·  

...yeah that was kind of where everyone got to see everyone else show their ass, wasn't it?

There was this guy who all the girls swooned over. He went out with Oceanography on a field trip and came back with like two and a half pounds of Spot Prawns. Which he threw in a pot of water, heads on, uncleaned, live, like lobsters, and boiled for 20 minutes.

In the dorm kitchenette.

His popularity did not recover.

Quatrarius  ·  958 days ago  ·  link  ·  

what came out of that pot? i'm imagining a muddy shrimp porridge slurry

kleinbl00  ·  958 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Boiled shrimp? There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the idea you just wanna get it right. The rule I've heard for squid is "less than two minutes or more than an hour" because at like three minutes the proteins in them turn into rubber bands and it takes about an hour to break those rubber bands back down into food.

But if you don't clean them and you just throw them in a pot? For 20 minutes?

So here's the thing. Fish rely on an amino acid called trimethylamine oxide in order to keep their salinity correct against seawater. When they die, the bacteria on them start converting trimethlyamine oxide into trimethylamine. Trimethylamine is a common biproduct of bacterial ecology, which is why yeast infections smell... nautical. As my wife will say as we walk down the beach, her nose wrinkled, "smells like BV."

It wasn't so much the solids in that recipe as the side effects. It is generally recommended that shrimp boils be conducted outdoors.