In the summer, Maryland Blue Crabs are commonly feasted upon. Seafood in Maryland is a part of the lifestyle and adds more than just healthy fatty acids to our life. Cooking seafood can be difficult though, so we have devised a guide of four helpful tips to get things started.
When you are picking the right seafood to purchase, make sure you always buy fresh. Buying fresh means seafood that is refrigerated or displayed on a bed of ice. Fresh seafood smells mild, which can serve as a good indicator of whether or not you should buy it. If possible, avoid frozen seafood especially if ice crystals have formed or the package has been compromised in any way.
Make sure you treat seafood like your fruits and veggies. If you aren’t going to eat it within two days, put it in the freezer. When storing in the freezer, wrap the seafood tightly in plastics.
Safety Tips for Cooking
Clean all cutting boards, utensils, and countertops that have come in contact with raw seafood. Thaw frozen seafood overnight to allow the de-thawing to be natural. For a quicker method, let it sit in plastic in cold water. The internal temperature of fish should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit. You can tell when they are ready by how they feel. Fish is ready when the meat is easy to separate. Shrimp and lobster are ready when the meat becomes opaque. Always remember to refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible.
Pregnancy and Seafood
Seafood is actually really great for the development of babies and the FDA recommends pregnant women eat 2-3 servings per week. Although, it is a safe decision to choose seafood that contains lower levels of mercury, such as salmon, shrimp, tilapia, tuna, and cod.
Your Crab Destination This Summer
Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today as well as the #1 Crab Restaurant in 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. We have appeared on the Today Show nine times and have been interviewed on WJZ Channel 13.
You can enjoy out famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for anytime eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area. You can also get your fill from Costas even when you are not in the dining room on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube.
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