An End of Summer Celebration

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An End of Summer Celebration

Growing up, I adored the long, lazy days of summer. During my summer break from school, I could usually be found reading a book, sipping lemonade, playing catch, or hula-hooping. A couple of weeks before my summer break was due to end, I started dreading the thought of returning to school. Do you have kids who are sad about the prospect of going back to school? Consider taking your children’s minds off of school by treating the whole family at a favorite restaurant. While everyone is eating favorite foods, family members can reminisce about the amazing summers they’ve had. On this blog, you will discover the best types of restaurants to host an end of summer celebration at.


How To Obtain And Preserve Fish You Intend To Eat Raw

It's an odd concept to be able to eat a meat product that has never been cooked. But if you obtain the right types of fish, you can create perfectly safe raw fish dishes. The secret is to select the right type of seafood and to properly preserve fish that you have caught yourself.

Choosing the Right Fish

The safest seafood to purchase is that which is considered "sashimi grade." While this is most often sold to restaurants, there are also businesses that will ship sashimi-grade seafood to your home. Grocery stores also sometimes offer sashimi-grade fish. If you are not sure, the individual behind the counter should be able to tell you if the fish is sashimi grade. Safe fish to eat raw include:

  • Yellow tail
  • Red snapper
  • Salmon
  • Tuna

Only purchase the fish if it has been frozen. Frozen fish should not be purchased if the bag is partially opened, since the fish might have thawed partially. Grab the packages that are as deep into the freezer as possible, since packages beyond the frost line might have partially thawed. Once you have brought the fish home, promptly place it in the freezer unless you are intending to cook with it soon.

Preserving a Fish You Caught Yourself

If you are able to catch a live fish, one of the best ways to serve it very fresh is to kill the fish by using a special hooked tool that destroys the fish's brain, a process known as ike-jime. You would then need to drain the blood so the fish does not retain the fishy odor.

When you intend to serve the fish in the future, you will need to vacuum-seal it and freeze it to prevent air from causing it to decay. Purchase a vacuum-sealer, which is a device that will seal the fish in a bag. First, freeze the fish. Then, place each individual fish in water and freeze them so that they develop a thin coat of ice. Then, you can place the fish in the vacuum-sealed bags and activate the machine. 

Trying Raw Fish at a Restaurant Instead

If you are not confident in your ability to prepare raw fish at home, you should consider trying it while you are out to dinner at a seafood restaurant instead. You can check out a site, like, for more information. The fish prepared at restaurants that serve raw fish are much more likely to be caught far off shore where the fish are unlikely to contain parasites. Plus, at a restaurant you'll be able to taste dishes you may have not thought of preparing; and, if you are not confident in your preservation methods, you'll feel safer eating fish that is fresh!