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Old 06-17-2005, 08:18 PM   #1
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Shrimp devieners

After spending a considerable amount of time last night peeling and deviening shrimp with a paring knife and fingernails, I wonder if any of you all have tried those little shrimp devieners I've seen in those kitchen catalogues.

Do they work? What kind is a good kind?

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Old 06-17-2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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I haven't used one either, but, I would like to know also. That job is a pain to do.
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:08 PM   #3
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I have one and use it frequently. the one I have is an aluminum things, sort of a hook shape, a rounded point at one end. It works rather well. I bought it at a fish store for about $2.00
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:29 PM   #4
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Thanks, Spice.
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:39 PM   #5
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Have four, I think, different types, buried in the drawer that stuff goes into that you probably will never use again, but don't want to toss out.

They are faster than doing the job by hand, but find that they make the shrimp look a bit shaggy.

They give a better presentation if used before you cook the shrimp, but I always cook them in the shell and then devein.

Have gone back to using the hand shelling method and deveining with a sharp knife. And always buy the biggest shrimp I can because the fewer shrimp I have to shell and devein the better.

But as SpiceUmUp said, these gizmos are cheap (don't think I've spent more than 2 or 3 bucks for one) and would probably suggest giving one a try. The curved aluminum one seems to work the best as I recall. There are some plastic ones that have a bulbous end that you shove into the intestine which I do not like at all.

Doubt this helps much, but that's my humble opinion.
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Old 06-18-2005, 06:50 AM   #6
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i tend to mangle the shrimp with them like auntdot said, so i've found a good sharp chef's knife works better. there's a technique to it, kinda of one swift motion to do it right with a de-veiner, but i don't have time to practice. using a knife, you can split the shell, leaving it in tact enough to remove the vein but the shell stays on.
since they are cheap, go ahead and try one, but stay away from the plastic ones. the metal ones work better.
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Old 06-18-2005, 11:03 AM   #7
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Mixed reviews, I see. Since the investment is small, I'll give one of the metal ones a try and see how it works for me.

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