Friday, May 13, 2022

Safety Tips For Cooking Seafood

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Perhaps, you have friends and family coming over for dinner, and you plan to cook something different. Very often, seafood is top on the list for special dinners. The fact that 63% of seafood consumption is at home proves it. However, it is one food category that needs the utmost care, from handling to preparation. The last thing you want is to cause a tummy upset for your guests. Here are some tips when cooking your delicious seafood.

1. Use the right amount of heat

Generally, seafood typically cooks thoroughly in medium to high heat. Usually, the degree of heat is 425 degrees F. As a matter of fact, that is the exact temperature needed when preparing a baked lobster tail. Furthermore, seafood requires a continuous heat source to allow the internal bits to cook fully. This is particularly important if it belongs to the crustacean or mollusk family. For example, oysters, crabs, lobsters, scallops, crayfish, etc., are classified under these two categories. It is recommended to cook them all at once rather than employ the interrupted cooking method.

The reason is that seafood can go bad pretty quickly. Again, the cooking method will largely depend on how much heat. Under carefully regulated heat, it is easier to cook some types of seafood without burning it. For instance, if you're frying fish, it is best to cook one side thoroughly before flipping it over. Others like mini shrimps require constant stirring under medium heat. In about five minutes, you will achieve a well-cooked golden-brown appearance.

2. Be mindful of containers used to marinate raw seafood

Metal and aluminum are reactive elements. Therefore, using them to marinate seafood poses a high risk of food contamination. Also, the marinade (the liquid) should not be kept in any metal or aluminum container. The reason is the same, so the best container to use when marinating seafood is glass or a plastic container. When cooking over a direct heat source, it's best to use an enamel-coated utensil.

Another precaution to note is never to store raw seafood marinade in the fridge or freezer. It's best to add it immediately to the sauce to cook thoroughly at one time. Due to the highly perishable nature of raw seafood, heating is a crucial element here. While you avoid metal containers, ensure that any unwashed containers or knives used for raw seafood do not come into contact with other foods.

3. Wash your hands thoroughly when handling seafood

Did you know that seafood is one of the most highly-contaminable things to eat if not well handled? Due to the presence of live surface bacteria when it's raw, the risk of food poisoning is extremely high. This is why it is crucial to wash your hands thoroughly when handling uncooked seafood. When handling them in the raw state, remember to wash your hands before touching any other ingredients that require little or no cooking time, like vegetables.

The more safety tips you employ, the healthier your dinner will be. Seafood is a delicious addition to the dinner table. Therefore, ensure that they turn out right for everyone.

16 comments:

  1. I didn't know some of those things.

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  2. Excellent advice. I'm ever so careful too.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend. ♥

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  3. Hi Rosey - I love seafood ... but you're so right - we need to be careful when cooking it. Buy fresh, eat the same day and enjoy - having prepared your seafood correctly and carefully ... now I need some! Cheers Hilary

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  4. I don't eat seafood, but occasionally I'll cook salmon for Jason. I definiely am mindful about safe handling and cooking with all food, but seafood especially. My aunt got really sick off of improperly cooked fish once and I'd hate to be responsible for making someone else sick by not being careful.

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  5. Washing your hands is very important. I cook seafood most of the time so I will be careful, thanks!

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  6. Thank you for these tips. We’ve been ordering lots of seafood lately and i can say that we’re handling them wrong. Haha

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  7. I love seafood. And especially sashimi. And since it is eaten raw, I make sure it is properly cleaned and prepared.

    Happy Monday, Rosey!

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  8. My family loves seafood. My sister law cooks it though. I am allergic to all seafood except salmon.

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  9. My sis in law cooks seafood, my full family loves it. I had seen her taking adequate safety measures. But except fish I am allergic to all other sea food.

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  10. I don't eat or cook seafood (allergies0 but this is good information to pass on to my husband. he is a big fish and seafood eater!

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  11. Nnniiiiccceeeee....these are very right, in my opinion! All my food from the waters has to be thoroughly cooked!

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  12. Seafood is something that we don't eat a lot but these tips to help me understand about cooking them.

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  13. I am still new into cooking so reading tips like this is a great way to survive my cooking journey. Hahaha! Glad I came over this post.

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  14. This is such a useful article! Seafood is so good but can easily become cross contaminated! especially if you're handling raw fish for sushi. great reminders!

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  15. Hubby loves to cook seafood and I don't know if he knows of these safety tips. Will let him read this.

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  16. A great post and interesting to hear how delicate cooking seafood can be!

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