Monday, November 11, 2013
My family loves shrimps, especially the Kiddos. So, I prepare them quite often. Today, I want to share with you on How to Easily Peel and Devein Shrimp. I know peeled shrimps are widely available in market these days. But I often found that the whole/unpeel ones are usually more fresh and cheaper.
Here’s what you need to do (see picture below). First, separate the head from the body by snapping off the head. Do NOT throw away the heads. You paid for them already (unless you get those without heads) and they are the key ingredient in making flavorful seafood stocks.
With a pair of small kitchen scissors, cut along the shell on the back of the shrimp, starting from the head side toward the tail.
You’ll be able to easily open the shells. Again, you can save the shells along with the shrimp heads for your seafood stock. This shrimp (see picture below) is particularly clean.
The shells can be easily peeled off at this point. You can peel the whole shell off, or leave the tails on, depending on what your recipe calls for.
If you spotted the vein (see picture below), gently pull it out with your fingers. Trust me, you do NOT want to eat the veins in your shrimps. The veins are actually the digestive tracks of the shrimps. I bet you've got the picture by now, if you haven’t already known that.
Last but not least, give the shrimps a quick rinse and they are ready to go. I hope you enjoy today’s tutorial and tips. Stay tuned for some yummy shrimp recipes in the near future.