Seafood is an excellent source of protein and nutrients that help make up a healthy and well balanced diet. Although seafood provides many benefits, it can also be very harmful if not handled correctly.
We have created a guide to help aid in buying, preparing, and storing fish to help avoid illnesses and under cooked seafood. Follow this guide to help keep you and your family safe from unwanted illnesses.
Step 1: Buy Correctly
• Fresh: Only select fish that is refrigerated or on a fresh bed of ice with no discoloration, darkening, or dying around the edges. Only live lobsters and crabs should be selected.
• Frozen: Do not buy open or crushed bags. Avoid packages with frost or ice crystals
Step 2: Correct Storage
• Set seafood on fresh ice, in the freezer, or refrigerate as soon as possible after purchasing it. Store the seafood in the refrigerator if it will be used within 2 days. If it will not be used within 2 days, wrap the seafood tightly in plastic or foil and store in the freezer. Remember CitroBio is an excellent solution to keeping seafood fresh and bacteria free. CitroBio helps control the bacteria from seafood, extends the shelf life of the seafood, maintains clean smell and vibrant color, and adds superior freshness. CitroBio can be used to dip your seafood in solution prior to packaging away.
Step 3:. Thawing/Cooking Correctly
• Thawing: Place in the refrigerator overnight. If thawing is needed quickly, place seafood under cold water in a plastic bag. If the food will be cooked shortly after, you may defrost it in the microwave to speed the process up. Remember, CitroBio needs no rinsing, so if the solution was used in the storing process you do not have to worry about rinsing it off. The solution is completely safe to consume.
• Cooking: Internal temperature should be 145 degrees. Fish should separate easily. Shrimp and lobster flesh become pearly and opaque. Scallop flesh turns opaque and firm. Clams, mussels, and oyster shells should open; if not, throw them out. Also, when ready to clean up, CitroBio can be used on utensils and pans to safely remove bacteria from all equipment and surfaces.