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How Much Does Shrimp CostShrimp is a crustacean that is caught in many diverse bodies of water, from oceans to lakes to rivers where they normally habitate near the bottom. It is both a freshwater and saltwater creature. But in certain parts of the globe, shrimp that are farmed-raised, having yields in terms of tonnes, have managed to surpass catches in natural environments, like in Asia, China and the Phillipines. Shrimp are popular for grilling, frying and in many recipes. From a nutrional view, they are known to be a source of protein, calcium and cholesterol.
Choices of ShrimpThe main options are White Shrimp, Pink Shrimp and Brown. Either fresh, frozen, canned and even dried.
- While fresh White Shrimp at a local market is normally priced between $12 and $15, fresh frozen shrimp can be ordered online, at costs close to $11 to $13 a pound plus shipping for wild Gulf White Shrimp with the heads removed. Quantities of perhaps 5 pounds and greater for the Large Gulf White are about a $1 or so greater, but where you tend to save is on shipping on a per pound basis.
- Standard frozen Texas Gulf Shrimp begins at around $7 a lb. for the large variety.
- Canned shrimp is often available locally, but can be had by ordering. Wild Planet offers Wild Pink Shrimp in a can for roughly $3.60 when you buy 12 cans.
- Be sure to know if your shrimp are with or without the heads, with tails on, and whether or not they have been deveined. A plastic deveiner is about $8 for those who want to perform the task themselves.
- Dried Shrimp offers a lot of increased shelf life. Reconstitued with water when ready, it costs about $7.50 to $8.00 for a three ounce packet.
Tips for Optimizing PricesThe number of shrimp you actually get is expressed as the shrimp count. Depending on the shrimp size this can be as much as 70 or under 10 count. But for average sized shrimp, you are normally looking at about 30 to 45 per pound.
If you happen to reside near the coastal regions of Louisiana and Florida (especially the Gulf) on up to North Carolina, you are likely to get the freshest choices and pricing when the shrimp season brings in the numbers. Regardless, be sure you know whether the shrimp you are choosing is raw or pre-cooked, which matters when you go to prepare it.
Same for whether it is wild or farm raised, which is usually lesser priced. As some claim the indigenous shrimp brings a more appealing flavor and texture due to their feeding habits.