4 Things to Remember Before Cooking and Serving Seafood
Feeding the family with delicious and healthy meals is always the goal of every parent. Even when you are not the parent but a child or an extended family member, you are delighted to see your loved ones enjoy the food you cook specially for them.
Seafood is one of the family-favorite portions in lunches and dinners. Believe it or not, some people even love seafood for early breakfasts and midnight cravings! Definitely, when the dining has seafood on one or more plates, it’s going to be tummy-filling time!
Before you let your family gobble down luscious seafood dishes made by yourself, there are few considerations to ensure that everyone is pleased and kept healthful! Check out these 4 things to remember before cooking and serving seafood for your family!
1 – KNOW IF THERE’S SOMEONE ALLERGIC TO SEAFOOD
Unfortunately, some people are allergic to seafood. Though these yum-yum treats are irresistible in every way, consuming them can be inconvenient and dangerous for people allergic to them.
Symptoms of seafood allergies include reddening and swelling portions of the skin. Aside from pain, itchiness can also be present. Proper medical attention must be sought by people with recurring signs, so they can avoid eating the specific kinds of seafood that trigger these sensitivities.
Know if someone in the family is allergic to seafood. You will actually be able to consider this through previous accounts of allergic reactions from somebody or some heads in the house, especially when they are already diagnosed with seafood allergies.
If there are family members like your child, your spouse or your parents who are allergic to these delectable seafood, then prepare another sumptuous seafood-less meal for them. In that way, you can ascertain that they will not suffer from the effects of eating the food they are restricted from taking in; moreover, you can let the non allergic family members enjoy the seafood you prepare!
2 – SEAFOOD MUST BE FRESH
Needless to say, you must eat fresh seafood. Freshness is a crucial aspect of everything you eat and everything you feed to your loved ones. It bears health and life!
Say no to stale seafood. They might be spoiled too. They have a fishy and foul smell that will make your stomach ache in no time. Unfresh and old fish have dull and sunken eyes, discolored portions, slimy fins and gills, pale scales and unstable flesh. Fresh and good-to-eat shrimps possess shiny and protruding eyes, rigid flesh and firm and clear shells.
Look up, ask around and take note of other freshness signifiers for the seafood of your preference like oysters, scallops and lobsters! Do not buy and do not eat seafood with characteristics and indicators of expiration and inedibility. You will waste money and get sick if you do!
3 – SEAFOOD MUST BE WELL-CLEANED AND WELL-COOKED
Seafood is healthy and is a wise food option! But just like in any naturally caught and perishable food resources, seafood may be prone to disease-causing bacteria and pathogens. The effects are detrimental.
This is why it is very important to make sure that seafood is thoroughly cleaned, properly handled and meticulously cooked before serving and eating. Raw seafood must be placed away from the cooked ones. Of course, you, the cook, must see to it that your hands are sanitized and the kitchen areas to be used are neat and well-kept!
4 – THERE ARE LOADS OF DROOL-WORTHY WAYS TO SERVE SEAFOOD
One of the most awesome things about seafood is the loads of drool-worthy ways to serve them!
Yes, a day won’t even be sufficient for you to list all of them. Imagine, countries all over the world possess different food histories and cultures, and each nation has vast ranges of seafood recipes! That is oh-so-fantastic, and you can happily make use of them!
You have to know this fact, so that you can work on exploring more dainty presentations and versions of seafood dishes. Experimenting with your own styles and others’ ideas is totally fun and creative. The tremendous cooking techniques and fashion for seafood will transform dull mealtimes into bright bondings and will always bring in something fresh and unique to the family’s dining table!
SEAFOOD FOR THE FAMILY
There’s nothing like the gifts of the oceans called seafood! Gladly spend lovely suppertimes with the family as you serve them mouth-watering seafood that’s good not only for the taste buds but most especially for the body. Keep these tips in mind, and you will be well!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. She finds quality and well-researched writing as a worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. For her, it’s restoring and fulfilling to the heart and a great way to clear the mind while loading it up with fresh learning. Film critiquing and filmmaking are among her interests too. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.