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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Farmingdale, New York, USA
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I am making lemony garlic shrimp with pasta from this site tonight. The recipe suggests brining the shrimp. What is the pupose for doing this? Thanks.

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Last updated: Jul. 1, 2013 7:47 pm
Posted: Jul. 1, 2013 5:02 pm
Answered by: crunchy
Jul. 1, 2013 5:09 pm
Flavor and keeping nice and moist :)
Jul. 1, 2013 5:10 pm
Nothing more bland than a shrimp with no brine.
Jul. 1, 2013 5:16 pm
Thank you Crunchy and bd.weld. It is to late to brine for this evening but I will certainly do so next time.
Jul. 1, 2013 5:18 pm
Note sure. Its not like shrimp don't spike your blood pressure with their sodium all on their own, without adding extra! On the other hand, sodium makes them (and you!) more "water retentive and so they will puff up bigger (making them look like you are offering more expensive product than in fact you are.
Jul. 1, 2013 5:21 pm
Place cleaned shrimp into a bowl with brine and refrigerate mixture for 20 to 25 minutes. For the brine: 1/4 cup kosher salt, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 2 cups ice
Jul. 1, 2013 5:50 pm
Thank you chairlifter. I do season my shrimp but need to be careful with my sodium intake.
Jul. 1, 2013 5:54 pm
Kingsparta, you recipe for the brine looks healthier. I will use it next time. Thanks!
Jul. 1, 2013 7:47 pm
It's from Alton Brown, he does a lot of research for his recipes.
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