How to clean shrimp?

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When should I clean the shrimp? How do I do this? What happens if I don’t clean it at all? Should we wash shrimp before cooking? What should I do with the black part on the back of the shrimp? Should I remove the tail or keep it?

If you live in a coastal city and shrimp is a regular meal in your diet, these questions may seem strange to you. But if you live in a place where you don’t have access to fresh shrimp and it’s your first time getting fresh, unpeeled shrimp, you have the right to ask yourself these and other similar questions. We also give you the right. Cleaning shrimp for the first time is not an easy task. In this article, we are going to explain the principles and steps of cleaning shrimp.

Let’s start with this question, why should we clean the shrimp?

As you know, the shrimp spoilage starts from its head. So, the head removal is very important to prevent its spoilage. After purchasing shrimp, if they are kept at warm temperature for a long time and the heads are not removed, the shrimp will have unpleasant smell and start to spoil.

Shrimp shell is the hard and transparent part that covers the entire body. Based on your taste and its cuisine, you can keep or remove the shell. In some regions of the world, shrimp are served with shell, as they believe that the shell gives a better taste to the food.

In the back of the shrimp, there is a black part which is called the vein. It is actually the digestive tract of the shrimp, and it is filled with feces. This part contains bacteria that are harmful to health, but cooking the shrimp will destroy any bacteria. So you can keep the back vein of the shrimp, but keep in mind that this part may contain sand and it will give you an unpleasant feeling when biting and chewing the shrimp.

Some people believe that if the vein is visible, remove it. And if it is not clear, then there is no need to do this.

Well, you know the reasons for cleaning shrimp, now let’s learn together the steps of doing it.

Steps to clean shrimp

First of all, you should decide how to cook and serve the shrimp. You will know the reason later.

If the shrimp are frozen, leave them at room temperature for a few hours to be defrosted. If the shrimp are fresh, you can start now.

Head: First, wash the shrimp with cold water to remove any contamination. If the shrimp are head-on, remove the head by twisting it. The head is easily removed and there is no need to use a knife or scissors.

Legs: Next, grab the shrimp legs with your fingers and remove them.

Shell: Now it’s time to remove the shell. As we said, whether to remove the shrimp shell or not, depends on the taste and how to serve the shrimp. For example, to grill shrimp, usually the shell is not removed, but to make shrimp salad, it is necessary to remove the shell. Some people peel the shrimp after cooking and others while eating it. Now, you see, it all depends on what you prefer and how you want to serve your shrimp. You can keep the shrimp shell and use them later to make shrimp stock.

Tail: The next step is to remove the shrimp tail. Is it necessary to take it out? No. If you plan to cook a delicious “polo meigoo”, it is better to remove the tail. If you want to serve shrimp cocktail or fried shrimp in your party, then don’t remove it.

Vein: Now it is the turn of the shrimp vein. With a sharp knife, make a shallow cut on the back of the shrimp from the top to the bottom. Then, with the tip of the knife or toothpick, pull out the black vein and throw it away. Next, wash the shrimp with cold water to remove all contamination.

These steps are from A to Z to clean shrimp. It may be interesting to know that depending on your taste and preference, you can do only two or three of the above steps and skip the rest. In some recipes, it is not necessary to remove the shrimp shell, so you can pull out the vein without peeling the shrimp.

How to keep the cleaned shrimp?

You can store cleaned shrimps in the refrigerator for 24 hours. For longer storage, you should freeze them.

To freeze shrimp, put them in Ziploc or plastic containers with lids. The right temperature for freezing shrimp is minus 18 degrees Celsius. Be careful to pack the shrimps according to the size of your meals. Because after defrosting, if you want to refreeze the remaining, their quality will decrease. When freezing shrimp, it is better to write the date on the package, so you know the maximum time to use it.

One of the best ways to store shrimp is boiling shrimp in water and then freeze. Before freezing, boiling shrimp preserves its texture and makes it easier to use.

You can store shrimp in the freezer for up to a year. But it is better to use it for up to three months. This is the best time to store, and after that, shrimp gradually lose its flavor and texture.

It may seem difficult to do these steps at first glance, but when you yourself do all the steps, from cleaning to cooking, it can lead to an enjoyable experience with your family or friends.

Do not forget that you can always use semi-prepared and frozen products available in the market. Head-on, headless, shell-on, or peeled shrimp, whatever you want, you can easily get from seafood stores. Shrimp processing companies cater to all tastes and consumers have more choices than ever.

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