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Shrimp Shells. Edible?

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Created January 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Do you eat shrimp shells/exoskeletons/chitin?

Is it safe/okay?

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on October 11, 2013
at 08:33 AM

first i eat only cosher food

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:06 AM

second the stock comment. add in a bunch of other seafood shells and you've got yourself a decadent treat.

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on January 31, 2012
at 10:11 PM

It should be easy enough to tell, I would think, by glancing at what's in the toilet bowl. If no shells, than either we have the enzyme, or some of our gut biota do. Note: I have not attempted this.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on January 31, 2012
at 10:02 PM

there's the placebo working, haha, they are largely indigestible. But so good fried right!

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on January 31, 2012
at 03:27 PM

My chickens love them, so I'd hate to deprive them.

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on January 31, 2012
at 06:36 AM

I eat them. My cat likes them.

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on January 31, 2012
at 04:51 AM

omg reminds me of one of my fav dishes, which is the potatoes at Fatty Cue in NYC, which are smashed fingerlings cooked in crab stock, with salted kerrygold butter and tons of freshly ground black pepper.

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on January 31, 2012
at 12:35 AM

I think you wouldn't digest most of them, you can make shrimp stock with them though

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on January 31, 2012
at 12:05 AM

It doesn't sound palatable to me, but I don't think it's harmful. Chitin, which makes up the shell, is a polysaccharide of glucosamine. I'm thinking it's large indigestible. Some sources call it fiber, others claim humans have chitinase, the enzyme that breaks it down.

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on January 31, 2012
at 10:11 PM

It should be easy enough to tell, I would think, by glancing at what's in the toilet bowl. If no shells, than either we have the enzyme, or some of our gut biota do. Note: I have not attempted this.

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I eat them all the time (whole shrimps fried in lard... ummmm...), and they've never caused me an issue.

However, I prefer to use them for stock - shrimp stock in a rice-free/roux-free gumbo, really makes the soup.

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:06 AM

second the stock comment. add in a bunch of other seafood shells and you've got yourself a decadent treat.

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on January 30, 2012
at 11:37 PM

I don't know if it's healthy or if the body can even break it down but I loved the tail and shells ever since I was a little kid. I always eat them.

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:59 AM

I'm with AshleyRoz. I don't eat them all the time, but if they are cooked right I'll eat the shell for sure

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on September 05, 2013
at 06:55 PM

I lived and worked in East Malaysia Borneo) for almost two years. Many of the locals ate the entire cooked prawn - - body, head, legs and "tendrils" including the shell. I picked up this custom and still eat shrimp in this fashion. It's not only in North America that the entire creature is consumed.

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on April 02, 2013
at 03:29 AM

I heard someone say once that North Americans are one of the only cultures that eats shrimp with the shell on. I figure as long as you're chewing 'em up pretty well, they can't hurt you... although I think using them in stock is a better idea...

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on April 02, 2013
at 02:40 AM

I freeze my shrimp shells then make broth ... TWICE, from the same shells. After the second go I dry then throw them into a coffee grinder, grind them to a pulp and ingest that too, with kelp, ground dried shitake mushrooms and fenugreek, piled into gel caps. Not only is it healthful anyway, but the combination helps to 'escort' any uninvited lectins out of my system. I know I know ... if I were 100% Paleo I would probably not have to do this.

My dog is older, so I recently started giving him ground shrimp shells for his arthritis. He always wants to 'take a second lap' on our 1 1/2 mile walks, but his body says no. Will keep it up for a month or two and let you know if he shows improvement from it.

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on January 31, 2012
at 11:34 PM

I've eaten entire steamed crawfish, exoskeleton and all. They seemed to digest just fine. I'd imagine shrimp shells are workable.

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on January 31, 2012
at 10:00 PM

I only eat fried shrimp tails, because they are a little softer. I mostly eat prawns, straight out of the ocean (thank you fisherman BF), and if you eat those shells they will cut your mouth to ribbons. Proceed with caution!

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on January 31, 2012
at 01:43 PM

I eat shrimp shells, legs, and tails, but that's mostly because I can get the buggers into my pie hole faster. "Peal and eat" shrimp to me is just "eat." I used to especially love fried shrimp tails back when I ate them.

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on January 31, 2012
at 11:56 AM

I remember there used to be some fad supplements made from shrimp shells that was advertised as a fat blocker. No idea whether this actually was effective -- if it actually was, it's not something that's worth doing. If it's not, it's worth using them in stock for flavor.

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on January 31, 2012
at 08:58 AM

My favourite chinese restaurant cooks shrimp with the tails on and fried until really really crispy. They are delicious; all garlicky and crunch dan to a powder. I love them! And I am sure my nails are stronger when I've been there a few time in a row...

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on January 31, 2012
at 10:02 PM

there's the placebo working, haha, they are largely indigestible. But so good fried right!

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on January 31, 2012
at 03:15 AM

My dogs love them!

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:09 AM

Shellfish-in-shell has become my favored final ingredient in my bone broth stews. Once the stew is done and cooling, I ladle some broth into a pan and steam the mussels, shrimp, etc. Once the shellfish is cooked, I pour the enhanced broth and shellfish onto the stew.

The mussels/shrimp taste fabulous because they were cooked in meat broth and the stew picks up a wonderful layer of flavor from the shellfish. For the record, though, I do remove and discard the shells before putting the stew in the fridge. :-))

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 31, 2012
at 04:51 AM

omg reminds me of one of my fav dishes, which is the potatoes at Fatty Cue in NYC, which are smashed fingerlings cooked in crab stock, with salted kerrygold butter and tons of freshly ground black pepper.

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