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Why You Can Consider Buying Seafood Online

24 Oct

Many people enjoy seafood and consider it to be a delicacy or a special treat. However, not all seafood is created equal and some types of crab, lobster, shellfish and seafood treats taste significantly better than others. Often, the difference is in the freshness of the seafood and the location where it is obtained from. This is why seafood obtained on the bay is so much better than seafood you can get when you are landlocked- the seafood on the bay is fresh off the boat and you can taste the difference.

Of course, if you live far away from the bay and you want to enjoy a seafood treat, you have to make due with what you have available to you. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you are going to be stuck with frozen, watery old seafood available on your grocery store shelves. No, today it is possible to purchase seafood online and to enjoy the taste of fresh Maryland seafood no matter where you live.

When you buy seafood on the Internet from Maryland, the seafood can be delivered to your door via overnight mail and can arrive to as soon as the next day after your order has been placed. In no time, you will be dining on a delicious seafood treat that is far better than anything you could obtain at a local shop.

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There are many benefits to buying seafood online from Maryland and having it shipped to your door over night. Some of the key benefits that come to those who purchase seafood online include the following:

You will know where your seafood comes from. Seafood purchased from grocery stores and local markets may have an uncertain origin. In some cases, the seafood may come from China or other offshore locations. When you buy seafood from Maryland online and have it shipped to your home, you know exactly where the seafood is coming from.

You will enjoy a fresher seafood taste. Seafood from Maryland is widely known as some of the best there is, and you can purchase seafood online and enjoy the famous delightful dishes available at Chesapeake Bay right in the comfort of your very own home. If you choose a seafood market to purchase from that has its own fisherman and that catch and send fresh fish, you can rest assured that you are receiving the very freshest seafood possible.

You will have a wider selection available. When you purchase seafood online, you aren’t limited to the foods available on your grocery store shelves. It is even possible to buy Maryland crab cakes made with real crab for Chesapeake Bay when you buy seafood online. You can’t get that in your local grocery aisle.

These are just a few of the many reasons why it makes sense to purchase seafood online. Once you buy online for the first time and you taste and experience the difference, you will never want to buy seafood locally again and purchasing online will become your go-to option.

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How To Guarantee Seafood Safety When You Cook It

16 Aug

Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you’re a big fan of fresh, delicious seafood. While all of us seafood lovers may greatly enjoy eating our delicacies from the deep, it is important that we know all of the proper safety measures to take before preparing and consuming seafood.

When you are preparing any fresh fish, you will want to be sure that it has a resilient texture – you want it to have a little bit of fight to it when you press down. If it’s all give and doesn’t rise back up, it’s not ideal for eating. Another telltale sign that your fish is not fresh and could be contaminated is sunken eyes. If the eyes on your fish aren’t slightly raised and don’t have a clear look to them, it’s a sign of possible spoilage. The Red Snapper in the picture below satisfy on both counts. The gills of your fish should always be red and fully intact as well. You’ll also want to avoid eating any seafood that has an overly sour, fishy, or ammonia-like odor as these are all signs that the seafood is not fresh and could be infected.

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Due to the lighter density of their flesh, the cooking time for fish is much shorter than it is for other kinds of meat. However, you want to be sure not to overcook or undercook your fish. When cooked for too long, many of the greatest health benefits, such as the rich supply of Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, and D, calcium, and iron are lost.3 When you undercook your fish, your chances of contracting food poisoning rise significantly. You can tell that fish is cooked to its optimum temperature when the inside of the flesh is at 145 degrees Fahrenheit and the texture becomes flaky.

With any kind of seafood, you want to avoid cross-contamination to stay healthy and safe. The main way of doing this is to make sure you avoid mixing cooked and raw seafood together at all times. You always want to keep your seafood properly chilled when in storage. If you aren’t planning to cook seafood within two days of purchase, you should store it in a freezer, wrapped well in aluminum foil. You should also always freeze any seafood that you intend to eat raw before consumption as this will go a long way in killing any possible parasites that it might have.1 Before you cook seafood that you’ve frozen, you will first want to thaw it for several hours in your refrigerator. If you don’t have time for this, the next best thing to do is let it sit in a sealed plastic bag in moderately cold water.

When it comes to mussels, clams, oysters, and scallops, it is important that no shells are broken and that all of the shells are tightly shut. This means that they are still alive and in optimum freshness. You’ll also want to make sure that shellfish open while boiling/steaming and that the meat within a scallop feels firm when pressed.

For all seafood, regardless of whether you’re dealing with fish, lobster, clams or any other variety, it is imperative that it is never left in any environment with a temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit for more than one hour.2. If you’re going to be bringing seafood along on a picnic, always remember to store it in a cooler that is properly iced. You’ll want to keep your heaviest and most intact ice chips on top of the seafood and have the melted and smaller ice cubes underneath.

It is important to bear in mind that some people are more susceptible to food poisoning than others. Very young children, pregnant women, elderly people, people with low levels of stomach acids, and people with immune disorders must be especially cautious at all times. In addition to this, pregnant women should avoid eating mercury rich seafoods, such as swordfish, tilefish, mackerel, and shark.

Pay Attention To Your Seafood Safety

27 Jun

Seafood is so necessary in our lives, it is so nutritive, if you’re like most health-conscious people, you’re probably eating more fish every day. But you may also be getting something in your seafood that’s not so welcome, contaminants. So seafood safety always causes the top attention all over the world.

Though seafood violations varied depending on the different inspection systems used across countries, the Hopkins researchers found that shrimp and prawns, overall, exceeded drug residue limits most frequently. Other problematic imported seafood included crab, basa (a type of catfish), eel, and tilapia, most or all likely farmed. Of all countries, Vietnam had the most drug violations, followed by China and then other countries in Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, India, and Malaysia.

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Antibiotics, antifungals, and antiparasitics, as well as pesticides and disinfectants, are often used in fish farming to control diseases that can spread rampantly in crowded conditions. While routine exposure to such substances can pose a risk to aquaculture workers, the health effects of chronic low-level exposure in fish eaters are not fully known. At the very least, widespread use of antibiotics in aquaculture can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and cause important antibiotic drugs to become ineffective in people.

Contaminants in seafood are not limited to just farmed fish from developing countries. For example, as reported in a well-publicized study in Science in 2004, farmed salmon from Europe had the most PCBs and other potentially harmful industrial pollutants, while Chilean farmed salmon had less, which shows that problems in aquaculture occur in the developed world, too. (Changes in feeding practices in recent years may be reducing that problem.) And larger wild-caught fish, such as swordfish, have high levels of mercury, which can impair the nervous systems of developing fetuses, infants, and young children.

If you are care about your seafood safety very much, you need to vary your seafood choices to minimize overexposing yourself to any particular contaminants they may contain. It’s okay to eat some farmed salmon, but perhaps not every week. Wild salmon is always a good option—and most canned salmon is wild (and cheap).

Buy from a local fishmonger who has been in business for a while, buys direct from distributors, and can answer specific questions about the fish. Despite the good intentions of the COOL regulations, there is little oversight, so going to a trusted source is a better bet for getting high-quality fish.

Seafood Is One Of Natural Best Choices

15 Jun

With the start of the New Year, many of us have decided to focus on a healthier diet. One of the biggest challenges most people face when trying to eat healthy is dining out. A fixture in South California for over forty years, Gladstones Restaurant offers up some of the area’s best seafood. Seafood is one of nature’s best choices when it comes to eating healthy.

Experts generally agree that seafood has a myriad of nutritional benefits. Seafood is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids and is believed to help protect against several diseases including heart disease and cancer. On top of those benefits, seafood and the omega-3’s they contain can also protect your immune system and they contain an anti-inflammatory agent.

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With the knowledge that seafood is a good choice for healthy eating, you can examine some of the menu choices found at Gladstones. The restaurant has a raw bar where you can choose from oysters, shrimp, and crab to start your meal. While boosting your immune system, you can look out over the surf while seated on the grand patio and be sure that you are consuming the freshest seafood available. The menu offers a variety of selections for your main course, from classic menu dishes to sandwiches, pastas and soups. For that romantic evening with a loved one, you can select from several shared plate options. If you are in need of choices that are lower in calories, you won’t be disappointed in the choices available.

With a commitment to health, you can also enjoy some of the red wines available. Enjoyed in moderation, wine has been shown to offer up some health benefits as well. For calorie counters, white wines usually have fewer calories than red wines. There is more than an ample selection of wine choices available at Gladstones.

Dessert doesn’t have to be skipped just because you’ve decided to eat a healthier diet. True, Gladstones offers up some decadent choices, but there are other desserts available that aren’t diet busters. Try sampling the strawberry shortcake topped with fresh strawberries. You can also share some key lime tarts with your dining companion.

The California Salmon Salad is a wise choice for meeting your omega-3 nutritional requirements, and your caloric requirements. The salad contains grilled salmon and fresh salad vegetables tossed with a citrus and red wine vinaigrette. If salmon isn’t your style, try sampling the garlic shrimp tacos.

Improve food safety of meat market

19 Oct

“With the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act looming over the food industry, CO2 Fresh-Pads can help companies looking for ways to demonstrate how they are taking steps to improve food safety while at the same time improving their bottom line.” – Barney Seward, President, JS Food Brokers LLC.

CO2 Fresh-Pads, provide a 100% natural safety advantage by gradually releasing CO2 in a controlled atmosphere, which displaces Oxygen and Ethylene to retard bacteria growth from 20%-50%+ on perishable items, resulting in a safer fresher end product for the consumer. CO2 Fresh-Pads are being used by meat plants, food processors, restaurants, retail grocery and wholesale businesses to help them extend the shelf-life of perishable foods and enabling them to offer their customers a higher quality product, while reducing mark-downs, early pulls and discards.

“Major meat processing plants in Arizona and Colorado are now using the CO2 pads in ground beef, poultry and seafood to retard bacteria growth and extend shelf-life.

“One of Colorado’s oldest produce companies now uses CO2 pads in all of their sliced and diced produce including tomatoes, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and green, red and gold peppers to retard bacteria growth, maintain freshness, reduce purge and give their customers a safer product.” – said Seward

Recent scientific testing has been completed by a major Texas chicken processor that provides high-end products to some of the top 10 restaurants and fast food chains across North America. Testing was completed by an ACIL/ASM independent laboratory showing chicken breasts packaged with CO2 pads have an average of 35% less Aerobic Plate Counts (APC) at day 7, 8, 9 and 13 than compared with the same product without using CO2 pads.