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Seafood: Feed's All You Need Guide

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Whether you're firing up the grill or whipping up fresh seafood pasta, there's no doubt that seafood is a versatile and delicious addition to any meal. But with so many different types of seafood available, it can be hard to know where to start. That's why we've put together Pop's All You Need Guide to Seafood, complete with everything you need to know about choosing, storing, and cooking seafood like a pro.

Choosing the Perfect Seafood for Your Meal

Not all seafood is created equal, and the type of seafood you choose will have a big impact on the overall flavor of your dish. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're picking seafood for your next meal:

  • If you're looking for a milder flavor, opt for fish like tilapia, cod, or haddock. These fish can be cooked in a variety of ways.
  • For a heartier flavor, go for salmon, tuna, or swordfish. These fish are also great for grilling.
  • Looking for something a little different? Give lobster, crab, or scallops a try. These seafood options are perfect for special occasions or when you're feeling adventurous.
  • Don't forget about shrimp! Shrimp is one of the most popular types of seafood for a reason - it's easy to cook, it's versatile, and it has a delicate flavor that pairs well with almost anything.

Properly Storing Seafood

Once you've picked out the perfect seafood for your meal, it's time to store it until you're ready to cook. Here are a few things to keep in mind when storing seafood:

  • If you plan on cooking your seafood within 24 hours of buying it, you can store it in the refrigerator. Simply place your seafood in a covered container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  • If you won't be able to cook your seafood within 24 hours, place it in the freezer instead. To prevent freezer burn, wrap your seafood tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer.
  • When thawing frozen seafood, always thaw it in the refrigerator - never at room temperature! Thawing at room temperature can cause bacteria to grow on your food.
  • Always make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling raw seafood. This will help prevent the spread of bacteria and keep you safe from food-borne illnesses.

Cooking Seafood

Now that you know how to pick and store your seafood, it's time to learn how to cook it!  

  • When cooking fish, remember that "10 minutes per inch of thickness" is a general rule of thumb. This means that if your fish is 1 inch thick, you'll need to cook it for about 10 minutes; if it's 2 inches thick, cook it for 20 minutes; and so on.
  • Not sure when your fish is done cooking? Gently insert a fork into the flesh - if it flakes easily and looks opaque all the way through, it's ready!
  • When grilling fish, always oil your grill grates before adding your fish. This will help prevent sticking and make cleanup easier later on. Simply wipe down your grill grates with an oiled paper towel before adding your fish. 

With so many different types of seafood available, there's no reason not to incorporate this healthy, delicious, and versatile option into your meals. By following these tips, you'll be able to pick, store, and cook seafood like a pro. Bon appétit!

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