When it comes to sustainable seafood, sorting out what-is-what is nothing but (excuse the expression) a giant kettle of fish. Worries about overfishing, contaminants like mercury and other serious health and ecological issues are constantly in flux.
But there’s a new way to keep fish as part of your diet, without having a total panic attack.
The folks at ShopFreshSeafood have introduced a Wild for Wild Seafood Package ($104; includes free overnight shipping, plus 10% off for first time orders) that includes two whole wild New Zealand John Dory, two whole wild New Zealand Thai Snapper and two pounds of wild New Jersey Diver Scallops from Barnegate Bay that are so sweet and fresh they can be eaten raw.
Everything in the pack is “either caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans,” says owner Megan Grippa.
Based out of The New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx, this four-generation family-run business can get fish to your door faster (and fresher) than the stuff that ends up at your neighborhood store. Since the pack includes way more fish than is needed for a single dinner, use Grippa’s trick for freezing fish. “Remember that air is the enemy when it comes to freezing your fish, ” she says. “I usually wrap it tightly in saran wrap and then wrap it again in aluminum foil. Make sure to mark the outside with the type of fish and the date.”
Being confident that what you are buying has been responsibly raised or sustainably caught means you can stop freaking out and instead concentrate on cooking the fish (and the accompanying those heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids) in the most delicious way possible.
CP Note: To get started on a journey towards eating more sustainable fish, consider checking out: For Cod and Country: Simple, Delicious, Sustainable Cooking and Fish Forever: The Definitive Guide to Understanding, Selecting, and Preparing Healthy, Delicious, and Environmentally Sustainable Seafood.