In Mexico, dried shrimp come in a range of sizes, from the tiny quarter-inch river shrimp to larger ones from the ocean. The tiny ones are ground into a powder, used for adding flavor and body to soups, stews and sauces, and the larger ones are usually soaked and peeled.
Both dried shrimp and the powdered version can be found in most markets, supermarkets and tiendas. North of the border, you'll find them in Latin and Asian markets and in the ethnic section of larger supermarkets.
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