Storing Your Prawns

Storing Your Prawns
December 20, 2016

It’s no secret that at Austral Fisheries, we know our prawns. From ocean to plate , we know all there is. From searching at sea, catching, packing, freezing and transporting to customers all over the world for final preparation and cooking, we have made it our business to find out everything we can. After years of collecting this information, we can’t wait to share with you our ‘prawn’pertise…

After decades working with prawns, we have found people regularly ask about storing prawns. People are either misinformed or are unsure what they are doing is correct. Whatever the case, we would love to share with you our suggestion for storing prawns.

Keep them cold
This one is an obvious one, but it is essential. Keeping them cold, in an air tight container, you will lower the risk of bacteria building up, and allow you to store your prawns for longer. We would suggest keep them in the coldest part of your refrigerator, and maybe even bring a small esky or cool bag with you when you purchase your prawns.

Snap them up
It is wise to purchase your prawns as close to dish day as possible. The fresher they are the better. Both cooked and raw prawns can be kept in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you don’t think they will be eaten in that time, opt for the freezer. If they are kept at a temperature below -18c, prawns can last between 6-8 months.

Keep your shell on
You should always keep a prawn’s shell on, until just before you prepare them. We know it can be hard to peel prawns on an empty stomach but by doing this you allow them to preserve better.
If you require any information on storing prawns, or are looking for more prawn knowledge just get in touch with us.