HANDLING YOUR SEAFOOD
Defrosting Green prawns.
Prawns must be fully defrosted prior to cooking, this will prevent any contamination from harmful bacteria. Bacteria are destroyed through cooking, if the prawns have not been defrosted properly, they will cook unevenly.
Remove prawns from packaging and leave in a covered container to defrost over night in the fridge. You can break up your 3kg block of prawn to fit into ice cream containers or something similar like a large bowl with a lid. If you don't have a lid use glad wrap. Lids on containers help void unnecessary contamination, dehydration and oxidisation.
To defrost quickly you can wrap prawns in water tight packaging (plastic bags), place package into a sink full of cold water, for 3kg of prawn, it should take approx 1.5 hours to defrost using the method.
Never use a microwave to defrost prawns, and never defrost your Oceanwild prawns at room temperature.
Prawns can be boiled, grilled, steamed, baked and deep fried. You can cook your prawns with the shell on or off. If you have bought pre cooked Oceanwild prawns and you want to re heat them, it is important to not over do it as overcooking will make your prawns tough.
5 Easy steps to boil prawns (for 1kg of green prawn)
1) Bring 2.5 liters of water to the boil, add 2 tablespoons of sea salt
2) Add prawns to boiling water
3) Cook for 3-4 minutes. Prawns are done when they float to the top of the water.
To test, take out a prawn and hold it to the light, it is cooked when the flesh has shrunk from the shell slightly and the prawns look opaque.
4) When they are done, remove them from the boiling water and place in a big bowl of iced water to cool them.
5) Peel and eat.
For more information go to www.fish.gov.au
- 3 table spoons of mayonnaise
- 3 table spoons of tomato sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of Worcester sauce
- squeeze half a lemon
- mix together, dip prawns and eat.
For more Prawn Recipes go to: http://allrecipes.com.au/recipes/searchresults.aspx?text=prawn
Storing your prawns
It is important to keep your prawns in a freezer below -18 degrees Celsius prior to use.
Once your prawns have been defrosted it is best to consume them within 3 days of being cooked. It is best to cook, and consume your Oceanwild prawns straight after cooking.
If you are not going to cook them straight after defrosting it is best to keep you defrosted green prawns in a salted ice brine (1 part ice 2 parts salted water) for no longer than 3 days. If left longer than this they are in danger of developing black spot.
After your prawns have been cooked they can be stored in an air tight container in a fridge.
If you peel and de vein your cooked prawns prawns they will keep well in an air tight container in a fridge for up to 5 days.