Buy Fresh Seafood
Believe it or not, it’s often more of a challenge to buy seafood than cooking it. That’s the reason to why more than 2/3 of all seafood is being consumed in restaurant. 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. What’s fortunate is that, there are some points that can be taken into account when planning to buy seafood such as fish, oysters, crabs and so on.
Fresh fish – fresh and unfrozen fish often smells like cucumber or seawater. They give off an objectionable and strong odor. Finfish should have elastic and firm flesh that’s unmarred since any exposed flesh will appear freshly cut without drying out or traces of browning. The skin has to be moist along 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. It is ideal to cook the fish within 2 days of your purchase because this is the time when the fish’s quality and freshness is maintained. In case that you can’t do so, it will be better if you would refrigerate them with temperature at least 32 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit.
Oysters – you can easily know that oysters are fresh when sold in the shell or shucked. Oysters should be alive if bought in the shell, which you can easily notice if the shells are tightly close when handled. What’s more, oysters are often sold either by dozen or by bag containing around one bushel. Live oysters remain alive for at least 7 to 10 days if it’s stored without ice in the fridge 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 correctly in ice in the fridge, they can maintain freshness and quality for at least a week.
Crab – actually, fresh hard shelled crabs are sold either as cooked meat usually pasteurized or fresh or alive. Make sure that the crabs show movements if you buy them alive. In regards to fresh soft shell crabs, it has to be free of odor and have a moist appearance. When you buy frozen soft shell blue crabs, see to it 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.