The names "shrimp" and "prawn" are often used interchangeably, and understandably so. Shrimp and prawns have a lot in common: They both are decapod crustaceans (meaning they have 10 legs and exoskeletons), they both live near the floor of whatever body of water they inhabit, and their outer appearance—as well as when they're cooked—is very similar. However, it may surprise you to learn that shrimp and prawns are not even the same animals. Shrimp are part of the sub-order Pleocyemata, while prawns belong to the sub-order Dendrobranchiata.


Shrimp and prawns can be found in both salt and fresh water; however, most varieties of shrimp are found in salt water while most prawns live in freshwater—particularly the varieties we purchase to cook. But it is not just where they inhabit that distinguishes one from the other.


Shrimp and Prawn Anatomies

Although some aspects may not be as prominent as others, there are several parts of these crustaceans that help differentiate the two. Each of these types of shellfish have different types of gills; shrimp have lamellar (plate-like) gills, while prawns' gills are branching. In terms of their body makeup, shrimp have a side plate that overlays segments in front and behind; prawns side plates overlap tile-like from front to back. This structure affects their shape—a telltale sign whether you are eating a shrimp or a prawn is whether the body curls or not. The outer skeleton of the prawn doesn't allow it to bend at all and thus a prawn is somewhat straight. Shrimp, as we know, have a tight curl to them.


Chipotle Crackers

Chipotle Crackers made with Tabasco Chipotle sauce

 The little kick in a traditional Bloody Mary, can be used in so many different things. I have a board on Pintrest, dedicated to just that!

Yes, you will also find our recipe for chipotle crackers as well as anything from dips, drinks, cocktails, biscuits and of course Bloody Mary recipes, but also desserts, and chocolate recipes all using Tabasco Chipotle as an ingredient.

You can check this out HERE or by clicking on our pin in the footer. (While your there – follow us!)

Recently, Kim and Janine were invited along to a do, hosted by Stuart Alexander, just to showcase the versatility of this little bottle of hot sauce.

I have included here a fab little recipe for Habanero Cheese Biscuits that we had on the night.

They are so easy to make, and we all fell in love with the bite-ty cheese biscuits.

Amanda had prepared these, and luckily, she gave us the recipe to try, and to share with you!

Thank you Amanda Gibson!

Did I mention that these team perfectly with Bloody Mary Day! Goes without saying!

Did I also mention that we have the Tabasco Chipotle on special this month? Nope - well... we have! Check out our months specials here!

You’ll find the recipe below, and of course for the Bloody Mary Recipe, click here!

You will need;

125g of chilled butter, diced into small cubes

60g (1/2 cup) good cheddar cheese

50g (1/2 cup) fine grated parmesan cheese

150g (1 1/4 cup) plain flour

1 tsp of Tabasco Chipotle sauce (more if you like it spicy!)

1/4 tsp of salt

All you need to do is;

Place all ingredients into a food processor, and using the pulse action, process until the ingredients just come together.

Remove the dough and form it into a ball. Divide the dough in 1/2 and roll each 1/2 into a sausage shape about 3cm thick.

Roll in either cling wrap, or baking paper and chill for at least 1 hour. If you wanted to, you can freeze the dough at this point, then thaw when needed.

Preheat your oven to 180° and line a tray with baking paper. Unwrap the dough rolls and cut into 5mm thick slices. Spread the slices out evenly on the baking tray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until pale gold.

Transfer biscuits onto a wire rack to cool, and once cooled - store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Pair this with a Bloody Mary - and get the receipe here, or for other great inspirational ways to Tabasco sauce, check out our Pintrest board here!

You can order the products from us - here!

Tabasco Chipotle Sauce

Tabasco Habanero Sauce