How to Peel and Devein Shrimp

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Love fresh shrimp? Save money by learning how to peel and devein shrimp yourself in four easy steps!

shrimp in the process of being peeled and deveined on al gray stone cutting board

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Once a year, my family and I make a trip to the beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast. On our last full day, I get up early and head to our favorite seafood market to buy as many pounds of shrimp our budget will allow. We prefer royal red shrimp and we just can’t find royal reds anywhere but on the coast.

Most seafood markets sell their shrimp by the pound three different ways: with the head still on, the shell on, or peeled and deveined. Purchasing shrimp with the head still on is the cheapest way to go. But it adds to your poundage, so you are essentially paying for less shrimp. However, there is a huge price gap between shell

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