How To Make Fish Less Fishy
One of the downsides to modern life is that we would rarely go to “the fish market” and buy fresh fish off the guy that caught it or at least off the guy that got it from the guy that caught and all on the day it was caught.
Unless you happen to live in a fishing port there is little chance that’s going to happen.
For most of us the best we can do is source some fresh produce local to us and hopefully the combination of a reliable seller and modern transport we can get “fairly” fresh fish.
Now I know that on all the cooking shows these days you have millionaire chefs swanning about the planet extolling the virtues of getting your fish fresh at the market but really, very few of us are ever going to have that happen.
So yes, we can probably source fresh fish but no, it is not going to “smell of the ocean!”
So what can you do with fish that is perfectly OK but has already gotten that kind of “fishy” smell?
And what is that smell anyway?
Watch and learn.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
I wanted to get in early on this one because inevitably it may grow from an innocent product into a monster in short order!
Most of you are probably aware that over the past few years there has been a lot of attention on oils.
In fact this all started way back in the 70’s with the data we were all given that animals fats were killing us.
Of course that led to a whole “industry of Fats.”
We have seen various products coming and going based on their initial health benefits and subsequent exposure as being quite unhealthy.
And of course we have now come full circle and suddenly animal fats is not as bad as we were told!
Recently I was trying to find a suitable oil for baking as a replacement for butter and from that research it became clear it’s all still a confusing mess!
Anyway the current, or one of them, darling of the scene is coconut oil and as it stands it looks to be an excellent, if not expensive healthy oil to use ot a number of purposes.
It seems to tick all the healthy boxes and can be safely used for all sorts of food preparation.
So, the one downside to coconut oil is that in it’s natural state it forms into a solid much in the same way that animal fats go solid at room temperature or below.
In order to address this problem some manufacturers of coconut oil have started carrying what is called “Fractionated” coconut oil.
Now apart from the slightly suspicious sounding name fractionated coconut oil has so far been found to be perfectly safe.
Because coconut oil consists of two specific types of oil existing as one, through this process they can be separated so that you are left with a liquid oil and a solid oil.
Fractionating is simply the process of heating the oil to the point where those two types of oil separate and then by cooling it, the two types remains apart.
There is nothing in this process that is nasty or chemically driven, you just heat it up and cool it down and it separates.
The only downside is that the liquid portion of the oil does not contain any of the very healthy aspects of the whole oil but the good news is that it doesn’t have anything nasty in it either!
So why the warning?
Well the history of the food industry is such that sooner or later (probably sooner) someone will try to find some kind of weird chemical method for completing this process faster and more inexpensively.
The key ingredient so far for fractionating coconut oil is time and as we all know in the food industry, time is money.
It takes time and energy to raise the temperature of the original oil and it takes time to allow it to cool at the required rate to get the separation.
So in the meantime you can use coconut oil fractionated or not with confidence but it is a product we all need to keep a close eye on.
As soon as you start seeing (…insert big food brand name here…) Brand Liquid Coconut Oil you need to start worrying!
Why is This Still a Thing?
It always kind of amazes me that whenever studies like this come out the pesticide industry point immediately to the fact that nothing has been shown to DIRECTLY link one to the other.
What is more amazing is that everyone seems to just shuffle around and stare at their feet at that defence and kind of move on without really doing anything.
To me it’s simple.
Diabetes, especially Type 2 is a (largely) modern, man made disease.
We didn’t have it before and we have it now.
Simple logic would suggest that all you really have to do is look at what we didn’t have when we didn’t have diabetes type 2 as a problem.
Well, we didn’t have bucket loads of sugar in our diets, we didn’t have highly processed carbs, we didn’t have widespread use of chemical pesticides and herbicides and we didn’t have a whole bunch of other stuff that we DO have now!
Get rid of one and you get rid of the other.
Oh No! It’s Actually 22 Minutes!
So, apparently we have been getting this one all wrong for years now.
The common belief supported by a bunch of research and studies showed that 20 minutes of mild exercise per day was the ideal amount of exercise to maintain a healthy heart.
Of course there is other research suggesting that “exercise” per se is not really needed and that it is merely enough to add motion to your day but let’s not worry about that right now.
The 20 minute rule has just been proven to be wrong and the correct number is actually 22 minutes per day, so there ya go!
If you have read any article on this blog or on the main part of the site regarding acne you would probably have taken little time to work out my feelings on sugar!
The list of modern day illnesses, diseases and undesirable conditions that can be traced solely or collectively to the increase of sugar consumption in our modern age is long and growing.
Sugar in one form or another (and there are many) has permeated into not just our diets but our lifestyles as well.
What I mean by that is that when someone is thirsty and grabs a coke, in their minds he or she is not making a dietary decision.
They are not even thinking in terms of food consumption, they are thinking in terms of lifestyle and that thinking has come from clever and manipulative marketing.
It’s the same for the majority of people buying an expensive iPhone. Sure they can quote to you a bunch of features or performance capabilities that led them to purchasing that phone over another brand but the reality is that they are using those things to defend their purchase decision.
The real reason they went for the more expensive iPhone was purely emotion driven and that emotion was created through marketing.
It’s the same for just about anything we eat or drink that does not form part of what we would loosely call a “meal.”
So in light of that it is good to see that the dirty tricks campaigns, the funding of friendly politicians, the media manipulation these days in not going unnoticed nor unchallenged.
Feeding the Needy
Here’s a good news story I wanted to include this week because… well just because!
Last year I posted an article about the amount of food waste that goes on in America every day of every year.
The figures escape me now but I can certainly remember the shock I felt at the astronomic amounts of food America wastes every day.
Don’t quote me but I seem to recall that something like two thirds of all fresh produce that hits the supermarkets on a daily basis is ultimately thrown away, unbelieveable!
So the story below shows how on a local level members of a community can step in and not only stop some of that criminal waste but can actually direct the food to places where it is needed most.