How to Peel and Devein Shrimp

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How to Peel Shrimp:

Ever wondered how to peel and devein shrimp? After deciding how much shrimp you’d like to peel, start by holding the shrimp at the last segment before the tail. Peel the shell up towards the top of the shrimp. Repeat on the other side until the shell comes off. To remove the tail, gently pull on the tail portion of the shell.

How to Devein Shrimp:

To devein the shrimp, use a small, sharp knife to make a shallow incision from the head down the back of the shrimp to the tail.

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To remove the vein, use the tip of the knife to pull out the vein. Another method is to rinse the shrimp under cold running water, using the tip of the knife to pull the vein if necessary.

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How to Store Shrimp:

When using fresh shrimp, it’s best to use within two days of purchasing. To store shrimp, place shrimp in the coldest part of the refrigerator in a covered container wrapped in ice. Replace the ice as it melts. Cooked shrimp can be stored in the refrigerator for two to three days.

If using later than two days after purchase, freeze raw shrimp, with shell on, completely submerged in water. This will aid in preventing freezer burn, drying out, or losing flavor. Using a heavy-duty freezer bag works best. If using for several meals, freeze in quantity for each meal. Freezing fresh shrimp allows storage for six to seven months.

To thaw shrimp, place frozen shrimp under cold running water until completely thawed, or thaw shrimp in the refrigerator. Do not thaw in hot water or at room temperature.

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