Practical and Helpful Tips: Seafoods

Tips To Help You Find And Buy Fresh Seafood

Buying seafood is sometimes more challenging than cooking it whether you believe it or not. That is the reason why more than 2/3 of all the seafood is consumed in restaurants. The main reason to why people feel hesitant to buy and prepare seafood at their home is because of the fact that they’re apprehensive about buying one. The good thing is, there are a number of things that can be taken into consideration when buying seafood similar to fish, oysters, crabs and so on.

Fresh fish – unfrozen and fresh fish smells like cucumber or seawater. You’ll notice that they release objectionable and strong odor. Finfish has to have elastic and firm flesh that’s unmarred as any exposed flesh looks cut freshly without drying out or traces of browning. The skin should be moist together with unfaded characteristic markings and colors of that species.

Say for example that the fish has scales, then they must stick closely to the skin and shouldn’t look ruffled or dry. As you buy fish, it is highly recommended that you cook them within 2 days of your purchase as this is where the fish’s quality and freshness is maintained. Try refrigerating it with temperature at least 32 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit in case you can’t do so.

Oysters – you can easily know that oysters are fresh when sold in the shell or shucked. The oysters have to be alive if it’s bought in the shell which can be noticed easily if the shells are close tightly when handled. What’s more, oysters are often sold either by dozen or by bag containing around one bushel. Live oysters should stay alive for the next 7 to 10 days if it is stored in the fridge without ice at temperature of 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

With regards to shucked oysters, they’re graded and are sold according to its size, usually in gallons or pints. Fresh shucked oysters should have a clear liquid and natural creamy color. If handled and packed properly in ice in the fridge, they can maintain their freshness as well as quality for at least a week.

Crab – fresh hard shelled crabs are being sold either as cooked meat usually pasteurized or fresh or alive. Make sure that the crabs show movements if you buy them alive. Fresh soft shell crabs must be free of odor and have a moist appearance. When buying frozen soft shell blue crabs, be sure that they’re solidly frozen. As for crabmeats, it should either be pasteurized or fresh has mild odor and has to be consumed within 2 days of purchase. They can maintain their quality for longer if packed in ice in the fridge.