Two days ago we returned from family camp, we look forward to this week all summer, but when it’s done it marks the end of another summer. We get back and it’s time to get in “back to school” mode. I strongly dislike back to school mode. I dislike it because I am reminded of all the things I wanted to do this summer but did not. This summer most of those things were project type things…..so I guess I can put them on my list of things to do when the kids go back to school. Ugh, the procrastinator side of me is groaning……
One thing our summer did not lack of was time with friends. Right from the get go we were making the most of our summer. One thing we try to do at least once a summer is a Shrimp Boil, it’s always extra fun if we do it with a family that has never done it before.
This particular night we had 8 adults and 11 kiddos around our shrimp boil table. Needless to say…in the hub-ub of everything (the Sangria might have added to problem too…sometimes these things will slow you down) I did not quite get all the pictures I would have like to get, so you would have the absolute full on immersion of how a Shrimp Boil is done from beginning to end. I also did not have all my stuff that I am used to using from home…..since we were at a rental, but we made it work. I am hoping you will get the general idea and maybe give it a try before summer is over.
We have never put sausages in with our Shrimp Boil before, but we had so many kiddos and some of them where scrunching their noses at the sound of shrimp eaten on news paper so we thought what the heck…and it was great and the kids loved it! Yeah! “You say Hillshire”, “I’ll say Farm” GO MEAT!
So you want to get your ingredients all prepped. Thaw the shrimp. Clean the potatoes, onions, and corn. Cut up sausage if using. Get your butter out and in dishes or if you want to make it really easy buy some of the squeezy butter in bottles and sit it on the table. Cut up your lemon wedges.
This is our turkey fryer. We love this guy. He has allowed us to have many fond memories with family and friends. You want to get the gas hooked up to your fire thingy and get that going a good 1/2 hour before you are ready to start cooking so about an hour before you want to eat. Fill the pot to the fill line if there is one or about 2/3 full.
The key to the shrimp boil it the timing, which means remembering what to put in the pot when and how long it needs to cook. So here is the time line more or less. Our pot was full of vegi’s because of the number of people so we had to do the boil in two stages.
2-3 minutes for the shrimp
That is what Big D’s man is doing here dumping the vegi’s out on the table. Then you want to have your shrimp ready…stick the strainer back in the boiling water, make sure you have the seasoning packets in the water (they might have gotten dumped out on the table). Throw the shrimp in boiling water…this will go super duper fast. Sing yourself a rousing rendition of your favorite T.V. shows theme song…..like maybe Gilligan’s Island or something and then the Shrimpys will be done. It only take the shrimp 2-3 minutes max! As soon as they are all pink pull those babies out of the water and dump them out on top of the other goodies. But if you have a big enough pot, by all means do it all together, just add the shrimp in 2-3 minutes before the rest is done.
It will look like your table is kinda strewn with food, and maybe like there is not enough. But believe me if you follow the list above there will be plenty. We always have leftover shrimp…well almost always.
My heart aches when I look at this picture. It was so much fun. Truly I have never done a boil or been to a boil that hasn’t been overwhelmingly memorable…like you don’t want the meal and the conversation and the laughs to end.
It’s fun to see who has the biggest pile of shells and cobs next to them. Pig! Oinker! “hey save some for the rest of us we’re starvin’ down here!”.
Oh yeah this is serious business…as you see my son otherwise known as HotSauce he has the hot sauces all lined up.
That’s Big D and her ginormous girls…the are giantesses (giant cutie PIES that is!). These two love the “tradition” of the Shrimp Boil with the Johnsons! Big D was not just wearing a towel to the table in case you wondered. We were at the beach, that is her bathing suit cover up. (She is going to kill me….)
Here is the reason three woman in Michigan get up everyday and thank the Lord above. I am not joking. These three are the nicest, sweetest, funniest (well the two on the outside are funny anyway) guys you will ever meet. Hearts of gold these three! They have known each other since high school, maybe before. Mr. Bouma is on the right. This guys is funny just breathing. He does a killer impersonation (no pun intended) of a dead man floating in the water….not funny you say…well not until you have seen Mr. B do it on the beach with 80 million kids running around…somehow it is just gut busting hilarious. Big D’s hubby is on the left. He always makes everyone smile and my kids think he is the best ever. And the one in the middle is my Kenny of course. You gotta luv um. We do. I think this pictures is what frames were meant for.