Handling seafood requires special care. Since seafood spoils quickly, it is very important to handle and store your seafood properly.
- Fresh fish should be refrigerated in the original leak proof container you bought it in. Only refrigerate fresh fish for a day or two.
- If you catch your own fish, clean it as soon after catching as possible and lay it in a cooler filled with crushed ice.
- Canned fish should be kept in a cool dry place. Do not keep it longer than a year. Damaged cans or any fish with an off smell should be discarded.
- Frozen seafood should be kept in a freezer in the original wrapper immediately after purchase. Keep the freezer at 0 degrees F. or lower.
- Thawing Seafood Safely
- Seafood steaks and fillets can be cooked while frozen as long as you give it more time to cook. Fish that is going to be stuffed or breaded should be thawed first. If the frozen fish is already breaded, do not thaw it before cooking.
- When thawing seafood, place it in the refrigerator for 18 to 24 hours for a one-pound package.
- To thaw more quickly, place packages in cold water. This method requires 1 to 2 hours per pound.
- Do not ever thaw fish at room temperature or in warm water.
Seafood is Good for You
Seafood is a big part of the diet in countries that are known for their healthy, long-lived populations like Japan. These populations have lower levels of cancer and chronic disease. Adding seafood to your diet can help you remain healthy all your life.
Oily fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna are good for your heart. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are nutrients necessary to keeping a healthy heart. Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower cholesterol, decrease clotting factors, and help your blood vessels relax when needed.
Seafood has also been shown to help lessen the symptoms of arthritis. Eating seafood lowers inflammation, fatigue, and morning stiffness.
Many types of fish and shellfish are high in vitamins E, D, C and A. These antioxidants boost your immune system and lower your risk of heart disease.
Pregnant women can help build strong babies by eating seafood. The omega-3 fatty acids in seafood helps babies develop good eyes and neurological systems. While some seafood is under scrutiny for concentrations of mercury, other types of seafood are perfectly safe to eat during pregnancy.
Omega-3 fatty acids can also help fend off the symptoms of depression, especially in people who do not respond well to anti-depressants.
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