it's a job no cook enjoys.
Your hands can get wet, slimy, and soar.
And if you're faced with a mountain of shrimp that need deveining it can seem like it takes forever.
You could even end up little cuts and lacerations on your hands having peeled and deveined a couple of kilos of hard-shelled shrimp.
But if you love cooking and eating the sweet tasting flesh of shrimp and prawns than that little black thread has got to go.
There's a couple of ways you traditionally devein shrimp.
You can pull off the head, hope the vein is sticking out, and gently ease it out that way.
The middle part of the tail shell is connected to the vein and sometimes if you twist and pull it, the vein will slide out too...if you're lucky.
By far the most common way is to remove the head and shell around the tail. Run a knife along the back and poke around for a vein that may or may not be visible depending on when the little critters last ate.
There is an easier way....
Enter the shrimp deveiner.
This handy little gadget that works either like a knife or scissors depending on the design can save shellfish lovers a ton of time in the kitchen.
The best shrimp deveiner can peel, remove the vein, and butterfly the shrimp for a beautiful presentation all in one easy motion (more on this in a minute)