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Shrimp are tiny crustaceans loved around the world for their mouth-watering taste. The first step in learning how to cook shrimp is deciding which type of shrimp to bring home from the grocery store. Shrimp and prawn are not the same, although the terms are often used interchangeably in restaurants.

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1. Purchasing Shrimp

Shrimp live in both fresh and salt water, while prawns are strictly freshwater. Many species of 'shrimp' sold in grocery stores are actually prawns, although they are usually cooked in the same manner. Prawns do not have the signature curved shape of shrimp.

The immense popularity of shrimp has contributed to problems with sustainability. Those who are concerned with sustainability, or prefer careful purchasing might consider purchasing ocean safe seafood. Purchasing seafood from a local source is also a great option for those who like to know where there food is coming from.

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