I bought a couple of pounds of shrimp (on sale) the other week from HEB. When I went to cook them the next day, they were rotten. Living in Austin now, I miss the super fresh shrimp from Houston. I had to go to Houston yesterday, and my plan was to buy a few pounds of fresh shrimp, freeze them when I got home for later use. However, my shrimp monger was closed for the holidays.
So, today, I was at HEB and I asked the butcher when they get their shrimp deliveries. He told me that he gets the "previously frozen" shrimp frozen, and he thaws them himself and put them on the shelf. The bags he gets are 2 pound bags. BINGO ! I bought 2 bags that were frozen, and put them in my freezer. None of this "freeze", "thaw", "refreeze", "rethaw". Also, there's not a chance of the shrimp sitting out on the shelf at HEB for several days.
This should be about the freshest shrimp you can get (except for buying them direct from the boat, which is illegal in Texas). I understand that the current large shrmpers freeze the shrimp right after they catch them and while they're still on the boat.
Note: they're 10/15 count (very large)
By the way, the bag was $19.94 ($9.97/pound) which is the same price you'd pay on the shelf.
Dripping Springs, Texas.
Just west of Austintatious