We're not going to lie. Deveining shrimp sucks if you are not used to it. There are so many questions that come to mind: How do you locate the vein? Where do you pierce the shrimp? How does one remove said vein (which is actually the shrimp's digestive tract)?
Although it can be a bit tricky at first, learning how to devein shrimp and clean it will save you tons of money in the long run. If you are ready to take the plunge, arm yourself with this video featuring Namiko Chen from Just One Cookbook. Not only will you learn how to devein shrimp but you'll pick up a cool trick for washing shrimp the Japanese way.
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What do the Japanese do differently than most people? After deveining shrimp, they wash shrimp in potato starch. It sounded like a very intriguing method and we just had to learn more. Here's what Chen explained on her blog:
"In Japanese cooking, we usually clean shrimp with potato starch by rubbing together. The potato starch absorbs the smell and dirty particles from shrimp very well. You will see how dirty the starch becomes when you’re rinsing the shrimp. Check the difference between one rinsed with potato starch and one without. You’ll be surprised!"
Take a look and learn how to devein and clean shrimp so you can prepare these tasty shrimp recipes.