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Jan 16, 2005 09:13 PM

Shrimp peeler-deveiner

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Other than fingers, toothpicks, and paper towels. Are there any mechanical devices that do an effective job of peeling and deveining of shrimp?

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  1. I have seen a mechanical shrimp peeler/deveiner called the "Shrimp Butler" on a few web sites. I don't own one so I am not sure how effective it is. FYI, the Shrimp Butler is rated 3 stars (out of 5) on and 2 stars (out of 5) on


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    1. re: Norm

      I remember Cooks Illustrated did not like the Shrimp Butler at all. They said that a sharp knife is all you need. I agree though I have never tried a shrimp knife.


    2. There's a plastic device (red or white in color), slightly curved & pointed at one end with a 'handle' at the other. From $1.00 to $3.00 retail, depending on merchant. I've used this for a great number of years. Slide the pointed/curved end into shrimp (sans head) and run it along the spine. It 'pushes' the shell off quite neatly. You then pull the tail off.

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      1. re: Lanny

        I also recommend the "plastic device". I have a couple, larger ones (8-10") seem to work better for me.

        1. re: Lanny

          OXO makes an upscale version of this same tool for $5 or so. The cushy handle is useful when my hands are stiff from all the cold water. It does a quite decent job of deveining.

          OXO GoodGrips Shrimp Cleaner