Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fresh Shellfish Is Full Off Variety

By Shannon Linnen

A wonderful thing to eat all year round is fresh shellfish. It includes clams, scallops, mussels and more. Farm-raised cultured mussels are fresh and readily available. Wild varieties are equally delicious. Clams are a very popular addition to pasta dishes. Hard clams, also called quahogs, live in sandy coves and can be caught when the tide is low. A great dish to enjoy with butter and garlic is stuffed quahogs. And there is always clam chowder of course.

During the summer months, fresh shellfish will take your mind off the hot weather. For a light yet delicious meal, consider an appetizer of raw or barbequed oysters. These tasty treats can be bought in most markets as well as chosen farms that specially breed them to sell. If you are lucky enough to live by a port or in a town near the ocean, you will probably find oysters easily and for a reasonable price.

Sea scallops are delightfully large, though must be shucked (removed from their shells) almost immediately after capture to ensure they don't lose moisture and die.It is important not to overcook scallops, or you will end up with a chewy, inedible morsel.Scallops are meatier than clams and require very little preparation.

Mussels come with blue-black shells and brown hairs called byssal threads attached to their shell. Their meat is usually an orange color and they are full of protein. As with clams, mussels taste best steamed and should remain encased in their shell until cooking.

They are truly tasty and are a symbol of excellence in every type of cuisine. Lobster is a cuisine favorite in fancy, high-end restaurants and is the most expensive of all fresh shellfish. Other fresh shellfish includes lobster and crab. Both are bigger and more substantial than their other, small shelled relatives.

Crab is one of the more popular varieties of shellfish, bought and eaten by a large number of people. This has made the crabbing a multi-million dollar industry. Tools have been specially designed to make cracking the shells of crabs easier and with these tools at hand; eating crab is no longer a messy and difficult affair. Once you have tasted the meaty goodness of crab legs, this fresh shellfish will be sure to become one of your favorites.

It seems like everyone these days are trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. With fast food all around us and most foods being processed and stuffed full of chemicals and preservatives it is becoming more difficult to eat healthy. Fresh shellfish is a great alternative. The ocean is the perfect environment to grow all sorts of tasty critters. They develop far away from processing plants and all the unhealthy growing methods being used in other industries. Stay natural and eat healthy, eat naturally grown shellfish from the ocean.

A good thing to remember is that you can always get fresh shellfish, regardless of where you live. It is no longer necessary to live on the coast or near the ocean. You can always visit any one of the ever increasing amount of online seafood vendors. Quality Fresh Seafood is just one of the obvious choices. You can always have your shellfish order delivered to you overnight.

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