06 Jun

Grilling Safety Tips

We all love that greasy roasted steak done by uncle Bob, and our vegetarian friends may very well enjoy that grilled corn or even asparagus that aunty Susan makes with so much love. Not only is grilling just about the food, it is also about the stories shared by extended family members and the merry made over the pot roast. Indeed, some of life’s heartiest waves of laughter and life’s best joys are shared over a grill. So it is very special.

This is why grilling should be made safe so that everyone can fully enjoy the tasty food without risking their lives or safety. There are some few tips that should be followed to ensure grill safety and they

Include:
● Avoid “instagraming” during grilling. It is true that there is a certain thrill and excitement in documenting some of life’s riskiest moments, but it is also important to take care of your safety and life. Taking photos or videos while grilling, fun, as it may seem, is actually very risky. This is because of the divided attention which makes it harder to not only make a good pot roast but also notice any hazards during the process. Furthermore, placing electronic devices such as smartphones near fire zones like grills is not a safe bet, as they are likely to explode and cause you harm.
● Make sure you are in good enough physical shape to be grilling. Losing your footing cause of bad joints or weak bones and reaching for the grill can cause you to burn yourself in the blink of an eye. Trying something like insta flex can help aid you in this.
● Ensure that there are no gas leaks and the pipes are properly connected by checking the connection points. This is in order to avoid an explosion from possible gas leaks.

● Please ensure that your grill is kept clean by removing leftover fat and grease matter as well as old dirt that could explode on ignition. This would also prevent smoke accumulation during grilling that has the potential of choking and suffocating someone.
● If you smell a gas while cooking, please turn off the stove and burners and ensure that the room or the area is properly ventilated. It is also important to avoid overcrowding in an area where gas leaks can be smelt; this is because overcrowding reduces the flow of air in this particular areas and any possible explosion more likely to be potent.
● Avoid leaving cooking unattended. This is one of the most major cause of fires, both at home and during grilling. It is important to avoid leaving the grill unattended for a long time.
● Placing flammables too close to grills. This is another major cause of fires. Combustibles such as gas or engine oil have a very high chance of catching fire when placed too close to fires. This includes grilling on non-flammable floor surfaces.
● Charcoal BBQ, as well as propane grills, should only be used outside. This includes keeping grills at least 10 feet away from residential buildings.
● Young children should always be kept away from grills. They are more likely to cause accidental fires or harm themselves if left too close to the grill. Example: a young child could burn him/herself by touching a hot grill with bare hands, or even topple on hot charcoal.
All in all, please ensure that you grill safely so that you could live to enjoy the next pot roast and grilled BBQ!

24 Apr

Best Smoked Salmon Recipe

The salmon is a fantastic, delicious, fleshy and meaty fish and is generally available in different places. When you smoke the salmon it enhances the flavours making it even more mouth-watering to eat as well as smoking it is a perfect way of cooking the fish especially for people who hardly likes eating salmon. It contains different kinds of nutrients such as calcium and potassium which makes your muscles and bones strong, omega-3 fatty acids which plays a fundamental task in normal growth and development, brain function plus decreases the possibility of heart disease and protein which is vital for people who are losing weight. On the other hand, it is commonly well thought-out as a delicacy because it’s somewhat expensive.

Hot and Cold Smoking

Smoking a salmon is very easy and it does not involve a lot of effort and time. But before you start smoking, it is important that you are aware that there are two methods available. These are the methods:

1. Hot smoking – this method requires cooking. It is easy to make without sacrificing the taste. The good thing about this method is that you can cook the fish for a couple of hours instead of days. You need to brine and season the salmon first followed by air-drying to make sure the skin is really dry so that pellicles may form which prevents fat from coming out when you start smoking.

2. Cold smoking – this method does not involve any cooking. You have to place the salmon in an area with a temperature range of 30-37C (86-99F) and must maintain it. With this temperature it will not cook the fish however it gives it a perfect smoky aroma and taste as well as makes it very moist. However, it requires more time and effort since you have to slowly smoke the fish. Also, it is great for preserving because this method is a blend of drying or brining/curing. Read a more robust explanation here.

Advantage Curing: It prolongs the storage duration as well as makes the fish fresh. It plays a role as an antibacterial and antiseptic thus helps in preventing the salmon from ruining or spoiling. It makes the consistency and quality of the salmon much better.

Always Choose Fresh Salmon: When choosing the right salmon, you must always opt for the fresh ones. Here are some tips on how to choose your prefect fish.

When you buy a whole fish make sure the eyes are bright and clear, make sure it does not have a foul smell, the fish must be firm and has no discoloration, Its fleshy tissue should have a pinkish, shiny and moist appearance.

16 Apr

All About Seafood

Seafood is known as a superfood as it contains a huge number of vital proteins that have numerous health benefits, including increasing brain power, killing inflammatories and taking care of your heart.

Seafood is also attributed to preventing a huge number of deaths from heart disease and stroke.

For a healthy balanced diet, 3 portions of seafood are recommended per week.

Although the vast majority of seafood eaten in the United States is salmon, canned tuna and shrimp, there are many more varieties that should also be considered.

Lesser Known Varieties

Some of the many types of lesser known seafood include lionfish, rockfish and pollock which are usually overlooked in favour of the more popular varieties, in fact pollock is just as tasty as cod and it is a much cheaper alternative.

A chef to watch in this space is Jersey Bites executive chef Seadon Shouse. He has lots of knowledge and shares his rare finds frequently.

Although certain fish varieties are known to have mercury within them, which can impact the central nervous system, this is nothing to be concerned about, as you would have to go far beyond the recommended amounts for this to have an effect on you.

Buying Seafood

When deciding on what seafood to buy, choosing sustainable is always recommended, since the fish is caught in an eco responsible manner.

Another consideration is farmed fish, while some farmed fish contain pesticides and and antibiotics, there are also a number of benefits of farmed fish, most notably farmed fish does not deplete the amount of fish in the sea.

If you are buying farmed fish it is always good practice to buy from a reputable source.

If you don’t have access to a fresh fish market you should definitely be aware that frozen seafood is quite healthy and in many cases it can actually be of a better quality than fresh fish, since most fish that is caught is immediately frozen afterwards.

As well that learning some basic fish filleting skills is extremely worthwhile as you will have
the benefit of being able to buy cheaper fish, as well as being able to cook with some of the lesser used parts like the tail and cheeks.

Increasing Brain Cells

For seafood that is going to give your brain cells a boost, you should choose seafood that is high in Omega 3.

Types of fish include salmon, mackerel and freshwater trout.

They also don’t contain that many toxins and are full of healthy fatty acids.

Conclusion

Be responsible when choosing seafood, get to know your local supplier and ask questions and don’t be afraid to experiment with some of the less well known varieties.

Enjoy seafood and all of the wonderful health benefits it has to offer!

11 Apr

Exotic Seafood around the World

Seafood is enjoyed in almost every part of the world. Whether it is caught by a local fisherman or processed and imported by big companies, people enjoy the seafood universally. Every place has their own taste in food, so if you want to enjoy the seafood from various parts of the world then you have to travel to enjoy it. Here we will see some of the exotic seafood you can enjoy around the globe.

Gong Gong, South-East Asia:
This cuisine is mostly enjoyed in Singapore as these are conch and required to remove their shell in order to enjoy the meat inside them after it is cooked nicely. It is fried or steamed and you need to dip it into Chilly sauce to enhance its taste.

Hakari, Iceland:
Hakari is actually fermented carcass of shark and it is the national dish of Iceland. It is prepared by gutting the shark and then it is buried beneath sand, stones and then it is left for completion of the decomposition process which takes from 2 days to three months.

Moreton Bay Bugs, Australia:
This dish is prepared in Australia and the Moreton Bay Bugs are just close relatives of Rock Lobster. Unlike Lobsters, the Moreton Bay Bugs are little sweeter and richer in taste. These are best served with the mayonnaise.

Live Octopus, Korea:
You heard it right, this eight legged beast is delicious when cooked nicely, but Koreans saves their time and eat Octopus alive. Alive Octopus will increase strength and stamina much efficiently than the cooked one. But, be aware while eating it, as it can choke your throat.

Seahorse, China:
Seahorse is often seen as anti-ageing food in china, the delicious Seahorse is eaten generally on kebab but the sharp pieces sometimes stuck in your teeth and gums for which you have to struggle
after eating seahorse.

Barramundi, Australia:
Again you’ll have to travel Australia in order to enjoy this exotic dish or you can travel India, Thailand or even Vietnam to enjoy the cuisine. The fish is crispy after cooked and will give you a taste to remember. You can have it grilled or fried according to your appetite.

Espardenyes, Spain:
When we say Spain, our minds starts thinking about the tasty non-vegetarian dishes that make our mouth watery, these sea slugs when combined with tomato sauce will make you eat them more. Due to their shape they are also known as Espardenyes Sandals.