Swimming Scallops!

8 07 2009

Yes, scallops are delicious, but did you know they can swim by “clapping” their shell together? This video is pretty awesome…

There are many ways to buy scallops. Bay scallops are small- great for soups, stews, paella, etc. Sea scallops are larger, richer and generally more flavorful, however bay scallops are considered the “best” by most insiders. I disagree. Unlike other bivalves, only the muscle of the scallop is availble commercially in the United States. Scallops are either trawled, which is considered “unsustainable,” or they are “diver caught” meaning a diver literally picks them up from the sea floor. The latter method is better for the ocean environment. The best packing method to look for is “dry packed.” This means the scallops are packed without water and preservatives. The water adds weight to the scallops which make them weigh more, which obviously ends up costing you more. So look for diver caught, dry packed scallops. They are hard to find outside of the east coast, but worth it if you can hunt them down. scallop8





The 10 Most Diabolical Fish

19 06 2009

anglerfish-stomach in mouthFire up the grill. Although, I’ve only eaten one of these, (the conger eel,) they all look delicious to me… By the way, barbequed conger eel is delicious.

Source: http://www.Environmentalgraffiti.com        (follow link below)

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The Most Expensive Fish In The World

16 06 2009

tunaThe Most expensive fish ever caught and sold was a 444lb bluefin tuna sold in Japan’s famous Tsukiji market in Tokyo in January of 2001. The fish was sold for $173,600, which is $391 per lb. The fish was caught off the Northern shore of Japan, an area known for it’s high quality tuna. Bluefin tuna can reach up to 1,500 lbs.

The bluefin tuna is overfished and probably shouldn’t be consumed for ecological reasons, but god damn, it’s delicious.

 





Macropinna Microstoma: The Strangest fish In The Ocean?

16 06 2009

Read about this fish, known as barreleyes, on this Discovery Channel article. Amazing. The Fish With The Transparent Head

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Fish Scales in Lip Stick?

16 06 2009

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It’s true! The scales are used for glossy and sparkled lipstick and nail polish as they have a substance called Pearl Essence. Pearl essence is mostly obtained from herring, and is mostly a byproduct of commercial fishing. There are some herring traps on the East coast that are used to gather scales for cosmetics. The fish are not harmed, they go through a pump system on the boat that loosens scales which eventually re-grow, then the herring are released back into the ocean.