Originally Posted by SVAuspicious
......Okay - why? I don't mind work in the galley but I don't want to struggle with my food during a meal. Can I clean and peel the shrimp and put the shells and heads in a cheesecloth bag to get the flavors in the dish?
I don't dispute that this is traditional, but I have no use for the heads and feel the same as you about working, while eating. I peel them to the tail and leave that on for flavor. If you were to add a cheesecloth bag, it would leave a gaping hole, when you removed it, or probably be less than appetizing, if you left it in.
I will certainly defer to tradition.