Devein a prawn

Devein a prawn

The dark “vein” you see along the tops of uncleaned prawns isn’t a vein at all, it’s the intestinal tract. It won’t kill you but can be unpleasant to eat. Here’s how to get rid of it.

Tip: After you’ve cooked and eaten your bounty, place the heads and shells in a plastic bag (use two if you’re worried), tie tightly and freeze until rubbish collection day. Your neighbours will thank you.

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    1. Using a small, sharp knife, make an incision along the top of the prawn, from just behind the head.

    2. Using the tip of the knife, lift out the vein, trying to get it out in one piece. Don’t worry if it breaks; simply remove the rest.

    3. Wash thoroughly in fresh water before cooking.

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      Sarasvathie Thangavelu
      March 31, 2016

      Hi – using a pair of scissors is very easy to slit and devein the prawn