Boiled shrimp. Properly done the best
and simplest way to enjoy shrimp.
Long before the loaves and fishes,
folks like this High Priest were
spreading the word that shrimp, oysters,
crabs and catfish were not fit to eat. That's
my idea of a doctrinal error.
White Shrimp, but not was white as you think!
Black Spot, nasty looking and probably harmless
Jack & Jill, a boat owned by Sahlman Seafoods. This Florida
company was one of the first to start importing shrimp.
They set up their own operation in South America. My
father investigated producing shrimp overseas on a
trip to Columbia in 1958. I still have the cufflinks he
brought to me from that trip. Sahlman also pioneered
freezer boats -- which actually freeze the product in a
vat of super-cold very salty water right on the deck of the
boat. It is not the answer that it seemed to be. When
the catch was not large, the boat had more capacity
than product. When the catch was plentiful, you could
not get the shrimp off the deck and frozen fast
enough to prevent some loss of quality. "Ice boats"
with a simple big insulated hold did not have this
problem. Frozen product also has to be
"re-hydrated" when it is thawed. Freezing
makes the shrimp lose water -- and weight.
This is all important when selling by the pound!
The basket that changed
my life. After failing to
make a success of my father's
business after his death, I started
wholesaling the shrimp baskets
we had always sold in the stores.
Above is the mighty XFSHBKT
made by Ropak Can-Am
at the time. My commission deal
with Roapk, later led to
employment with them and my
10 years and 42 days as a bucket
salesman. How I left Ropak and
became a lawyer is another tale,
for another day.
The Plastic Pick Stick. My intro
into injection molded product and my
ticket out of the marine supply business.
This item, envisioned by my father, was
built from a mold he had created in 1978.
This recent picture shows the stick in
use in Louisiana in 2010. I'm glad to see
the plastic pick stick is still out there.
I am also glad to know that I'm not out
there with it.