We’re willing to bet most of the raw shrimp you’ve encountered in your culinary journeys went through this process before you bought it. If not, you may have unintentionally (or intentionally, people do eat weird things) ingested some gastrointestinal tract.  

Deveining is mainly done for aesthetic purposes — the brownish tract is harmless. Simply make a shallow cut with a small, sharp knife down the backside of the shrimp and pull out the exposed vein with your fingers. Sound gross? Buy it deveined.

Use today’s Word of the Day: Salt and Pepper Shrimp