Going grocery shopping?
Lately grocery shopping here in the United States has begun to look more and more like convenience store shopping. We as consumers are continually seeking out the quickest and easiest purchase possible, especially when it comes to our food: Individually wrapped to-go snacks, when we could just as easily pack food to-go ourselves. Soups already in disposable microwaveable cups, just so there’s fewer dishes to wash later. Blocks of cheese already sliced and individually wrapped. Plastic containers of garlic cloves already pealed and sealed. Packs of vegetables plastic wrapped around a non-recyclable styrofoam plate. I could go on forever, but I have a feeling you get the idea.
This week, I challenge you to go down a different avenue while making your food and beverage purchases; and I don’t necessarily mean a difficult route, but rather a different one. Shopping for food to sustain your life should not be a chore, but rather a pleasure in which you indulge. Consider going to an actual pasta store, like Terra Cotta Pasta Company and ask for some fresh pasta packaged to order.
Or pay a visit to your local farmer’s market and buy something straight from the earth, like carrots with their green tops still present, packaged the way they actually grew, maybe even with some dirt still on them.
Or try going to your local fish market, like Seaport Fish in Rye, rather than the your typical chain grocery store, and ask for a type of fish you haven’t tried before; something other than cod, haddock, or salmon, after all those are not the only types of fish in the ocean.
Keep in mind when we diversify our diets, we’re diversifying the ocean. And better yet, consider buying a whole fish if they have it. Don’t worry, it’s more than likely already headed and gutted because that is typically done right on the boat for the freshest fillet.
What’s that you say?
You don’t know how to fillet a fish?
Allow me to show you how with this Haddock caught while aboard Sweet Misery:
STEP 6: Repeat Steps 1-5 for the other half of the fish
STEP 7: Peeling the skin from the fillet
It’s that easy!
Now keep in mind, not all fish are filleted the same, but in the case of finfish such as this haddock, the method shown above should work. And if you’re worried about making a mess of your kitchen, consider doing it outside. Feeling unsure of what to do still? Don’t be afraid to ask your local fish market for advice; I’m sure they would be more than happy to show you.
It’s time that we as citizens of the seacoast start taking responsibility for our actions as consumers, especially when it comes to our food, and that may mean going the extra step to make it happen. Next time you’re given the opportunity to take home a whole fish for dinner, take matters into your own hands and give filleting a try. It’s a lot simpler than people realize and with a good sharp knife and a little bit of practice, anyone can breakdown a fish just in time for dinner.