What are Dried Shrimp?
Dried shrimp are shrimp that have been dried in the sun, resulting in a concentrated flavour and aroma, with a chewy texture, if eaten whole. You will find them used in many cuisines around the world, across the oceans.
HOW TO STORE DRIED SHRIMP
The best way to store the shrimp is to keep them refrigerated in a container. They can keep for a very long time. You can refrigerate them for a good 4 to 5 months without the color fading or freeze them for longer storage. If you buy them in a package, cut open the package and store them in a jar.
WAYS TO USE THE SHRIMP
You can use dried shrimp to flavor stir fries, broths, and even dumplings. I love using it in fried rice, congee, or sticky rice. Mama Lin usually soaks the shrimp in water for 20 to 30 minutes before using it in stir fries. This helps to soften the shrimp and release a bit of flavor. She wouldn’t do this if she was making soup or congee. I have stir fried medium and tiny dried shrimp without pre-soaking and I quite like the hard, chewy texture of the shrimp.
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